4 October 2016

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The ground-breaking BePART programme has been designed by The Sixth Form College Birkenhead and is being delivered to Year 7 and 8 students at BPS, before being rolled out across the school.

The six week scheme has just been launched at the school and will include sessions on challenging negative thoughts, the importance of sleep and diet and using gratitude to build resilience.

The ‘BePART’ programme, which stands for being Positive, Ambitious, Resilient and Thoughtful, is borne out of scientific research, expert psychology and the practice of Mindfulness, which has been proven to improve academic performance and mental wellbeing in students across the country.

Headteacher Helen Johnson said: “I am extremely proud that through our Sponsor Wirral Academy Trust and our strong links with The Sixth Form College, we are going to be able to offer our students this unique programme in addition to the academic and enrichment opportunities they already have. The welfare of our students is of the highest priority and, with BePART’s grounding in proven science, I am confident that the programme will lead to improving the lives of our students both in their academic work and outside of school.”

Liverpool John Moores University is also involved in the scheme, assisting in research and evaluation of the impact of ‘BePART’.

Professor and psychologist, Dave Putwain, from the John Moores Faculty of Education said: “I am delighted to be involved with the BePART programme. Birkenhead Sixth Form College has devised an innovative and forward-thinking approach, designed to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of students. My role will be to help the College use data to analyse the impact of the programme and how it can be improved in the future.”

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