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Children denied chance to develop 'resilience' by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chief

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Children are being denied the chance to develop “resilience and grit” because of schools’ over-zealous health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools says.

Amanda Spielman said schools must stop trying “to wrap them in cotton wool” because it leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of later life. (reported in the Telegraph)

How 'Forest Bathing' keeps us well

...another way to benefit from being outdoors

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The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining popularity as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.

Using nature for emotional wellbeing is well known across the globe. The term ‘forest bathing’ was coined in Japan – even becoming part of the national public health program in 1982. The idea is simple: being around trees for relaxation and recreation can help to reduce stress, increase mental-wellness and boost immune systems. Breathing in the organic compounds that trees emit – phytoncides – as you explore the forest can help improve your immune system.

Bombshell at BMC AGM

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BMC president Rehan Siddiqui resigns despite defeating no-confidence call. Rehan Siddiqui told members attending the organisation’s packed annual meeting that he was quitting his post, moments after declaring a motion of no confidence had been overwhelmingly outvoted.

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