What it takes to feel like you matter
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What it takes to feel like you matter

Have you felt like you don’t matter? I wonder how many of do. I, for one, spent years feeling this way. Like it doesn’t matter if I’m at that event, with those people, or if I even exist. Who will notice? Who will be affected? Reduced feelings of ‘mattering’ have been found to contribute to loneliness…

Quieteer Nicola opens ‘Pawsitive Pets’ Pet Food Bank & More in Falmouth

Quieteer Nicola opens ‘Pawsitive Pets’ Pet Food Bank & More in Falmouth

Hi, I’m Nikk. I started with Quiet Connections in 2017 when it was just a little seed. I have seen it grow and have been involved in it as much as I can over this time by attending courses, groups, socials and coaching. Through all my time with Quiet Connections, I have grown myself from…

Help us learn more about quiet students’ experiences of secondary schools

Help us learn more about quiet students’ experiences of secondary schools

You can help if you have been a student at, or worked in any role within, a UK Secondary School. We’re researching quiet students’ experiences within UK secondary schools, with the aim of collecting enough data to better understand and raise awareness about the challenges that quiet students in schools face, with the intention of…

Speaking in groups as a shy student: What I’d like teachers to understand
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Speaking in groups as a shy student: What I’d like teachers to understand

Speaking in a group as a shy student at school was a problem for me. One of the worst experiences I can remember is the speaking exam I had to do for GCSE English which involved having a discussion in a group of four students and the teacher. I could usually respond verbally if I…

I thought it was just me -now we’re a compassionate community and six years old!

I thought it was just me -now we’re a compassionate community and six years old!

Quiet Connections is six years old! I thought it was just me –that I was weird, defective and didn’t fit in. For as long as I could remember, I’d been shy and struggled to talk to people or cope with attention. I hid myself away, expecting rejection, and keeping myself isolated in the ‘shy box’…

Beyond grades: Wellbeing outcomes for shy students
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Beyond grades: Wellbeing outcomes for shy students

What is a good outcome for students leaving school? A good outcome for a student involves achieving their very best possible set of results at GSCE or A level, right?  Well, I was that student. Now, I’m a teacher. And I think we’re missing something more important. I hope my own personal story can inspire…

Assuming the best in others to grow kindness & connection
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Assuming the best in others to grow kindness & connection

I’m a quiet person. Usually. I get quieter in groups. More so when people are new to me. And because of this, I’ve been misunderstood a lot in my life. I’ve been assumed to be rude, disinterested, stuck up, bitchy, and to dislike people, amongst other things. But that’s not me at all. I’ve always…