Tranby has partnered with the University of Oxford and The Day to assist in their research around adolescent mental health, the BrainWaves project.
Last half-term, as part of the PSHE curriculum, Y12 followed a suite of lessons designed by the BrainWaves team covering the relationship between mental health, sleep, the teenage brain and more, and evaluated each lesson immediately after. We were joined by Teaching Fellow, Thomas Godfrey-Faussett on Thursday to deliver a session to all of Y12 about ‘The Value of Research’ and to share lunch . Tranby is committed to continuing their involvement in this important project which will be rolled out to KS3 and KS4 classes in the coming year.
During the last half-term, Tranby took an active role in integrating the BrainWaves curriculum into PSHE for Year 12 students. This involved a series of thoughtfully designed lessons that delved into various aspects of mental health, including its correlation with sleep patterns and the unique challenges posed by the teenage brain. Notably, students engaged in the curriculum and provided immediate feedback after each session, creating a dynamic feedback loop to enhance the effectiveness of the program.
A pivotal moment in this collaboration occurred when Research Fellow Thomas Godfrey-Faussett visited Tranby. His session on 'The Value of Research' not only enriched the students' understanding of the broader context of the BrainWaves project but also fostered a deeper appreciation for the significance of research in addressing real-world issues. This was followed by a working lunch with a pupil panel for some more detailed feedback around the lessons.
Looking ahead, Tranby has expressed a steadfast commitment to sustaining its involvement in the BrainWaves project. The plan is to extend the curriculum to KS3 and KS4 classes in the coming year. By expanding the reach of the project, Tranby is actively contributing to the promotion of mental health awareness and resilience among a broader range of students.