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25 Sep
Homesickness - proactive approaches and strategies
25 Sep 2018 - 25 Sep 2018

Homesickness - proactive approaches and strategies

September 25, 2018


Presentation delivered by Jackie Cox for the BSA


Why should you attend?

Homesickness in children attending a new boarding school is a common but complex cognitive/motivational/emotional state which must be managed well by staff to ensure that individual children cope with the transition safely and successfully, and begin to thrive. This seminar will review the key aspects of homesickness; the signs, symptoms and potential impact on young people. Consideration will be given to what works best in helping young people to adjust to this new and often challenging environment in terms of induction and pastoral support.

Programme outline:

  • Homesickness: definition and scope
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Prevention strategies and systems
  • Support and induction approaches.


Speaker: Jackie Cox

Jackie has trained teachers, teaching professionals, students and their parents both in the UK and in France, Holland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia on issues of pastoral care.  Child Protection, Mental health, Self-harm, Eating Disorders, Stress and Young People in Crisis and other Pastoral Care in education issues for the past 25 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 worked for Lighthouse Professional training and the Boarding Schools Association for their Professional Development Certificate and their Professional Practice Certificate.  Jackie works for The Girls Day School Trust and The Girls Schools Association.  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 50 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. In 2010 she was appointed as school counsellor at St Helens Northwood.  You will find that Jackie is passionate about her work and loves working with young people and the adults who help them in to adulthood.

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Venue: BSA Office, 134-136 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SA



BSA Office, London, Boarding Schools' Association, 4th Floor, 134 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SA, United Kingdom