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Looking ahead and moving forward...

Kieran Murphy | 5th March 2021

Our Director, Kieran, takes stock of what we have ahead of us as a nation (and town of Hitchin) and offers practical advice for this last stretch of lockdowns and restrictions...It was exciting news from PM Boris Johnson as he announced the roadmap for the way out of lockdown and hopefully the dawn of a new era of life alongside covid. Despite feel

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It’s the end of the…… term?

Kieran Murphy | 28th July 2020

To say that this has been the strangest academic year would be an understatement. As we come in to another six-weeks at home, it is a summer break that is not filled with the joy, anticipation, relieve and excitement that every other year has. It has been a challenge; however, children, young people, parents and schools has risen to the challenge.A

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In case of a global pandemic, break glass

Elizabeth Feltoe | 12th June 2020

Sam Hankin, Head of Computing at The Priory School in Hitchin, tells Phase how the school has adapted to home learning for studentsTwo weeks before Boris Johnson announced UK schools were to close indefinitely The Priory School had already begun to prepare for the worst-case scenario, along with pretty much every school across the country. We had p

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Missing Endings

Rebekah K Bacon | 20th April 2020

Over the past month, it seems like the entire world has been turned upside down. I was looking back at some photos and found me and a friend having breakfast together. We had talked about how her research was going to have to dramatically change style if the coronavirus closed the university facilities. I had expressed hopes that if we could make i

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Changing the landscape COVID-19

Kieran Murphy | 24th March 2020

We have lived through a week that will define a generation. The COVID-19 crisis has turned the world upside down for all, but mostly for our children and young people.As the dust settles and we come to terms with the likelihood of schools being closed until September, with the need for social distancing increasing, we are left with the question how

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Mentoring; a space to grow

Kieran Murphy | 15th November 2019

What do you do if you don’t know how to do something, say some DIY? Perhaps you would look for some videos on Youtube, read some articles or even call a friend you know who has the knowledge you need. In a small way this is you being mentored. The dictionary defines it as - Mentor: a wise and trusted counsellor or teacher; an influential senior sp

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R is for Resilience

Hannah Dengate | 8th November 2019

How would you define resilience? This is the question that we get the students thinking about when we deliever our year 7 and year 8 resilience workshops. As part of the work of Phase, we deliver workshops to students in year 7 and year 8 looking at the topic of resilience, something that we are passionate about here at Phase!! A large number of t

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Exam Season

Rebekah K Bacon | 20th May 2019

Oh no. It’s everyone’s least favourite season of the year, back again to torment us. I am yet to meet someone who enjoys the thrill of going into an exam hall and trying to get down all their knowledge and understanding of a subject in 1-2 hours. Yet for me, equally as bad is coming out to find your friends discussing answers and realising what yo

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Amy's work experience

Kieran Murphy | 22nd October 2018

Often Phase are asked if we can accommodate young people on work experience. In July Amy joined the team for the final week of the summer term, here are her thoughts on a week with the Phase team.... In July I enjoyed a week of work experience with Phase, I learnt about the amazing work they do behind the scenes as well as in schools. I had the opp

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Podcast

Kieran Murphy | 21st June 2018

Phase recently received funding to produce a podcast looking at young people's mental health and wellbeing. Phase had been asked by young people to look at this topic and enable a tabled discussion about the challenges, concerns and also the hopes of what can be done. In this episode you will hear from young people from across Hitchin, Katie South

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Big ripples

Kieran Murphy | 13th October 2017

On Friday 6th October Phase and The Priory School held our second mental health wellbeing conference. It was attended by over 160 students and staff from schools across Herts and Beds inspiring them to go back to their communities and bring change. You can read the recent article in the Comet As part of our vision to see young lives changed, Phase

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Understand, Implement, Prevent: tackling poor mental health in schools

Sasha Austin-Seade | 23rd June 2017

Welcome to our 2nd Guest blog takeover. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 30; self-harm in teens has nearly doubled since 2007; in 2015 more than 1 million people were in touch with mental health services; nearly 80,000 teenagers are suffering with depression; 26% of teenagers in the UK experience suicidal thoughts; access to Childline co

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Train the trainer!

Kieran Murphy | 9th June 2017

In the past 18-months Phase has taken incredible leaps forward in our knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by young people that is attacking their wellbeing as well as key ways to grow and improve this – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. As Phase develops our thinking and knowledge we have had some exciting opportunitie

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Local company put Phase in the driving seat

Kieran Murphy | 24th May 2017

Local car sales and service business AZ Autos recently took on an exciting challenge to support young people and give two local students an opportunity to experience business in the driving seat. AZ Autos donated a car for Luke and Tom, two students from The Priory School to renovate, source parts, prepare for sale and then sell the car, with all

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MAD ;)

Kieran Murphy | 10th February 2017

Something that we are working on is how we can help young people go MAD!! I should probably explain, MAD stands for Make A Difference and it is a project where young people will be able to apply for small amount of seed funding to run their own project or activity to raise money for Phase and a percentage of what they make will be given to another

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