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EI…not just IQ

Posted on: 12 Nov 2015 by Weston Green School

In seeking to help the children develop in a truly holistic way, we are working towards giving emotional intelligence a more overt profile. What is EI and why are we looking to embrace it more obviously?

Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to perceive, access, generate and reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth. Whatever the name, the basic idea is the same: to encourage people's awareness of their feelings and ability to manage them and is based on developing five skills: self-awareness, managing emotions, empathy, motivation, and communication.

Advocates of EI claim that people who are emotionally literate are more successful in their personal lives and their careers than those who are not. They believe EI affects health, education, behaviour and relationships; in short, it is seen as a key component of a successful lifestyle.

Because intellectual and emotional problems are more easily solved when we feel good about ourselves, and because self-motivated pupils tend to do better in exams, those with high EI often show evidence of intellectual success.

There are various avenues we can use to help the children understand and talk about their feelings. This may be through the buddy system (where older pupils act as listeners, friends and helpers), circle time (creating an open environment for discussion), PSHE lessons, a vibrant school council, or through visual and performing arts. In practice at Weston Green, it will be through a holistic combination of these and much of this is in place already. As we make this a more prominent feature of our school, I am excited about the impact it will have in the children’s lives. 

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