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A childish panic about the next generation. Many of those fretting over the state of contemporary childhood, concerned that kids are passive, cooped up and sedentary, are motivated by nostalgia - sometimes even by snobbery.

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Creating happiness, relieving depression, enhancing life. Standing Without Shoes has a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This popular Australian self-help book promotes a solution focused approach to improving wellbeing.  Helen Street and her co-author George Burns discuss the need to improve our understanding of our own path to happiness as a means to preventing and treating depression. (Click here to read a review of this book)
 

 

British WISE. WISE FAQ's

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Please find below a list of our most frequently asked questions and answers.  If you have a question that does not appear here please contact us by email and we shall do our best to answer your query by return. Alternatively you can call us to discuss your query with Helen, Neil or another member of our staff. 

 

 

 

 

When is the best time to conduct a first evaluation?

How long will the questionnaires take to complete?

Is there any parental involvement?

Are the measures valid and reliable?

How long will it take to receive the final report?

Will you let us know the names of students at risk?

How much will an evaluation cost our school?

When is the best time to carry out a second or third evaluation?

 

When is the best time to conduct a first evaluation? (Back to top of page)

 

Purchase all of your materials as early as possible, to ensure current prices. You can then use your materials at a time that suits you best in 2007/08.

To gain the most from your evaluation, we recommend collecting date after a minimum of eight weeks student contact time. This mean staff will have had the chance to get to know the students they are reporting on.

 

How long will the questionnaires take to complete? (Back to top of page)

 

Teaching staff should take 2 to 5 minutes to complete each questionnaire and will generally not have more than 25 to 30 questionnaires to complete in total.

Depending on age and ability, most students will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete their individual questionnaires. The majority of students should be able to do this at the start of a class with a teacher’s supervision (to ensure answers are not discussed etc).

The younger children will need the most guidance in completing the individual questions. They may need a teacher or other responsible adult to sit with them and assist them in filling in the responses. If this occurs, the helper should make sure that they do not lead the child to choose certain answers. 

Although it is suggested that older students are still led through the questionnaire one page at a time, they should be able to successfully complete all questions on a page once the instructions have been made clear.

Is there any parental involvement? (Back to top of page)

 

No parental involvement is required however, some schools may need to obtain parental consent to undertake the evaluation.

 

Are the measures valid and reliable? (Back to top of page)

 

All measures are valid and reliable. All have been researched extensively in peer reviewed published papers. Please see the page on The British WISE measures (click on "WISE Measures") for more information.

 

How long will it take to receive the final report for the CP? (Back to top of page)

 

Once we have received your completed data spreadsheet, it will take approximately four to six weeks to analyse all data and produce your final comprehensive report.

 

Will you let us know the names of students at risk? (Back to top of page)

 

Yes, we identify all students at risk who require attention for both the CP and the HRP.

If you have ordered the CP, to ensure that we preserve anonymity in the final report we do not include any student names. Rather, we include the names of all vulnerable students in a separate confidential document which we send to a designated contact (e.g. the head teacher/deputy head teacher) in a separate document.

If you have ordered the HRP, you will be sent a list of all vulnerable students five working days after receipt of your data.

 

How much will an evaluation cost our school? (Back to top of page)

 

Click on the following for the order form and price list in PDF or Word. If you have a request for an evaluation without a specified price, please email or phone and we will provide a personalised quote.

 

When is the best time to carry out a second or third evaluation? (Back to top of page)

 

We recommend making evaluation a regular part of your schools curriculum and re-evaluating every six to twelve months. This means that in addition to the specified outcomes listed in this booklet, you can assess the effectiveness of any intervention program or curriculum structure you implement in your school. Although anecdotal evidence is valuable it is often coloured by a desire to see results. Moreover, many psychological problems are often difficult to assess through observation alone and need careful reliable assessment. Often a re-evaluation can establish the strengths and weaknesses of a program and allow for tailoring of that program to ensure it is of maximum value to the school. For example, we have often found that the programs established in schools sometimes enhance strengths rather than necessarily tackle weaknesses as they are chosen with the school's most salient values in mind.

 

 

 

 

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