Since January 2019, BSJ has been in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the introduction of Compassionate Systems training and tools.
The Wellbeing Framework
The core of the programme is very simple yet extremely powerful;
We put the student at the centre of the Wellbeing Framework. We have designed a Framework that enables each student to follow her or his own path through the school by focussing on herself or himself as well as following the individual journey.
Rather than being a prescribed curriculum, the students and tutors work collaboratively to identify and address key issues that are relative to the needs of 21st century students.
Students use a model that takes into account four key areas of a student’s journey from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to adulthood. The four areas are supported by Compassionate Systems tools that help to deepen the understanding and increase the impact of the learning.
By putting the student at the centre of the Wellbeing Framework, relevant topics can be addressed and explored at all ages. Part of the evolution of Compassionate Systems at BSJ is for our students to explore new ways of learning. One of the most powerful learning tools is that of peer-to-peer learning with correct supervision. The topic of ‘myself’ (which is at the centre of the Wellbeing Framework) is not one that needs to be confined to an age group. Children mature at different speeds, and this gives an opportunity for a new and special interaction on a daily basis.
One of the major reasons that we have embarked upon the Wellbeing Framework is that as well as creating a safe, supportive and personal learning experience, the core of Compassion Systems and its tools do not just impact the learning and teaching of a Wellbeing Framework. All the students in Years 7 - 8 - 9 will be learning through the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). At the core of the learning process is inquiry-based learning and we will ensure that the learning processes that occur in the Wellbeing Framework will transfer to the learning of the MYP. The styles, depth and research skills will form a deeper understanding and give the students skills that will be very important for their entire educational journey.