Flourishing

There is growing evidence of the importance of imagination in supporting wellbeing. Although perhaps often overlooked, imagination can have an incredible impact on our general happiness. Imagination helps us to escape the day-to-day, to have fun, to envision future possibilities and to explore different perspectives. It is a crucial aspect of goal setting, meaning that…

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Words From Jacqueline Wilson – Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day to all our Imagination Matters readers. On this day of celebration for the wonderful worlds, characters and plots that have burst into the world from the imaginations of authors throughout the ages, what better person to hear from but Dame Jacqueline Wilson, award-winning author and former Children’s Laureate (and someone who…

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Two-Year Degrees Leave A Maturity Gap – Let’s Fill It With Volunteering

In this article, found on The Guardian Higher Education network, David Reed, Director of Generation Change explores alternative ways to prepare students for higher education, which could reduce costs and have a wider benefit to local communities. We thought this was an interesting exploration of alternative learning methods and a good analysis of how study, life…

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‘We Help Them Flourish And Bloom’: Using Nature To Keep Students In Education

How can access to nature and working outside help students that struggle in traditional classroom settings to flourish and learn new skills? We found this article on The Guardian profiling the work of charity Roots and Shoots, who use activities such as gardening and floristry to encourage students to continue their studies. At a time…

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Safeguarding Culture Is Scuppering Young People’s Creativity

Learning and play is essential to children’s development. This article on The Telegraph discusses the effects of ‘micromanaging’ children and how this can limit their experiences, and dampen their creativity and imagination. Continue reading for the full article. Pushy parents who micromanage their children’s lives and the pervasive “safeguarding” culture are scuppering young people’s creativity, the Children’s…

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