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Course Date

September 17, 2019

Course Cost

£125.00 per day

Coffee and registration from 9.15 am (lunch included)

Course Time

09:30 - 15:30


Crieff Hydro

Strathearn House
Ferntower Road

To register for the waiting list, please email

Cancellation and refund policy

  • Cancellations must be advised in writing/email 6 working days prior to the event.
  • We welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost.
  • A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend or cancels within 6 working days prior to the event.
  • For residential courses cancellation must be advised 28 days prior to the event.

Course Description

We are delighted that two of our current Heads of Boarding from the sector (Mark Lauder, Strathallan and Ali Kinge, Ardvreck) will open the Conference and share their perspectives on the pivotal role and importance of house staff to the success of the school.

The day will then be led by Jackie Cox who has devised a bespoke day for house staff that will enhance knowledge and skills in supporting boarders.  Two workshops will be delivered:

Effective Support for Homesickness

In this half day seminar, Jackie will outline what Homesickness actually is, what the causes are and how homesickness affects young people.  The theories of attachment will be outlined, together with how a chaotic or dysfunctional family life will sometimes, but not always, make homesickness worse. The varying forms of homesickness will be outlined and strategies that DON’T work will be outlined as well as strategies that really do. We will here from Headteachers about how they help to reduce homesickness and a copy of Jackie’s briefing paper on Homesickness will be part of the training pack.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

This half day course will set out the benefits of positive behaviour management.  The key features of positive behaviour management will be outlined together with the outcomes of using this method of growth mindset work.   How positive behaviour management can be used in anger management, in resolving conflict between peers and adults.  Effective communication skills will be outlined with active listening skills.

Jackie has trained teachers and teaching professionals on issues of Child Protection, Mental health, Self-harm, Eating Disorders, Stress and Young People in Crisis and other Pastoral Care in education issues for the past 30 years. In 2005, Jackie set up Jackie Cox Educational Training, where she is the sole trainer. ( Jackie has had articles published on Self Harm and Mental Health issues both in magazines and national newspapers. Jackie works for Lighthouse Professional training and the Boarding Schools Association for their Professional Development Certificate and their Professional Practice Certificate as well as The Girls Day School Trust. Jackie has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in counselling.  She is a very experienced counsellor, teacher and counselling supervisor working in schools and on an independent basis.  Her casework, which covers more than 30 years, covers a wide variety of conditions concerning relationship, either with self or others. Jackie worked as a Samaritan for many years where she undertook prison visits.  Later she co-ordinated Harrow Victim Support Scheme and was the first counsellor to be trained specifically to deal with cases of rape.    Jackie worked at Harrow School for more than 18 years, teaching PSHE and acting as a counsellor to the boys.  In September 2007, she was appointed as the school counsellor for St Paul’s Girl’s school in Hammersmith, working mainly with the Senior girls, In September 2010, she was appointed as counsellor and trainer at St Helens School in Northwood.  Jackie works almost exclusively with older teens and with those who teach and support them.


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