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17 Jan
Homesickness - proactive approaches and strategies
17 Jan 2020 - 17 Jan 2020

Homesickness – proactive approaches and strategies


Date: January 17, 2020

Venue: Melia White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent's Park, London, NW1 3UP

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Boarding staff, Head of Boarding, Deputy Head, Medical staff


Why should you attend?

If young people fail to settle in boarding, they can be more likely to leave the school. This sometimes leaves staff, parents and pupils at a loss and may set a precedent for young people to give up if life appears difficult. Homesickness is a growing concern with the number of international students now studying in UK boarding schools too. This seminar will offer help to staff to support young people and their parents with the struggle of leaving home.



  1. To outline what homesickness actually is
  2. To understand why it happens
  3. To gain understanding of how to help young people, and their parents
  4. To hear from staff how they, and their teams, manage homesickness in their schools.



  • What is homesickness – mild, moderate, severe
  • Parenting styles and why they matter – how to overcome ‘negative parenting’
  • The effects of divorce and how this affects children then sent to board
  • Strategies that don’t work, and strategies that do.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

This day seminar will help boarding staff and teachers support and retain pupils through what may be an emotional challenge, leaving home. Those attending will leave with a clear understanding of what homesickness is, why it happens and how to help those who are struggling with it.

Outcomes and resources:

Delegates will receive all training materials used and a pdf of the training PowerPoint. Suggestions of other materials of interest to attendees and publicly available will be made throughout the seminar.


Speaker: Jackie Cox

Jackie has trained teachers and teaching professionals on many issues surrounding young people for the past 30 years. She has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in counselling and 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. In 2005, she set up Jackie Cox Educational Training, where she is the sole trainer (  Jackie has had articles published on Self Harm and Mental Health issues in magazines and national newspapers.

Jackie works for Lighthouse Professional training and the BSA for their Professional Development Certificate and their Professional Practice Certificate as well as The Girls Day School Trust. 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 Helen’s School in Northwood.  Jackie works almost exclusively with older teens and with those who teach and support them.


Melia White House Hotel, Melia White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent's Park, London, NW1 3UP, United Kingdom