Education

POSITIVE EDUCATION

As educators, we are all passionate about enhancing the wellbeing of the students in our care. With 26% of young people in UK experiencing mental health problems, everyone in the field of education would agree that there is a need for preventative measures that empower and equip students to deal with the growing complexity of the world today.

So why Positive Education?

Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, avoid mental illness or fix our mental ailments. However, the goal of Positive Psychology is about flourishing and getting the most out of life. The field of positive education emerged as a growing field of positive psychology which has been supported by researchers and practitioners around the globe. Martin Seligman has led the Positive Psychology movement for over fifteen years.

The purpose of Positive Education is to build positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment and health, in order to increase wellbeing and reducing the attainment gap.

If schools are wanting to help their students flourish in a complex world, Positive Education might assist them in their life beyond school. We also know that workers with greater wellbeing are more engaged and productive, so this would be the hope for teachers and school leaders who seek to embed Positive Education in their schools. There is also evidence to support that greater wellbeing enhances learning, due to broader attention and more creative thinking. Positive Education will help individuals and communities flourish and live a more meaningful and purposeful life.

Our vision

Our vision is to help schools place wellbeing at the heart of education, and our programmes/curriculum seeks to address the needs of both teachers and students within the setting of each school. Our flexible curriculum is designed to save teachers time and can, therefore, reduce stress. Our hope is that PA will improve the wellbeing of both the students and the staff at your school.

Our programme has been trialled and tested across public and private schools both in UK and around the world. We have employed headteachers, teachers and students to help shape the programme from the practitioner point.

Based on Science

Developmentally Appropriate

Scientific Summaries

Flexible Lessons

Flexible Topics

Extra Content

Save Time

Bonus Material

Assessment Opportunities

Programmes/Curriculums

Primary School – Year 5 – Year 6

Lower secondary school – Year 7 – Year 9

Higher secondary school – Year 10 – Year 11

Unlike many wellbeing programmes, Positive Action is tailor made to your school, is very flexible in delivery being mindful of the time constraints schools are facing around the world and it is delivered sequentially; building on the skills and knowledge taught the previous years. However, each year group can be taught as a stand alone, but research is pointing that delivering the programme year after year creates consistency The content of the programme was developed partly in response to focus groups with teachers and students to enhance the relevance of the contexts and situations used as examples for students at different stages.
The program uses an integrated approach and aims to facilitate learning through
application, reflection, group activities, homework and assessment task designed to embed learning.

Workshops

The workshops are engaging, interactive presentations delivered by Positive Action at your school, focusing on just one topic for a short session (between 45-90 minutes). Through our wellbeing and mental toughness workshops, we bring to your school the best research from psychology, neuroscience and education, and combine it with pedagogy that engages young people and inspires action. This is ideal for schools who have a designated Pastoral / Wellbeing lesson, or for large groups (+200 students).

Topics to choose from:

  • Student wellbeing: Introducing PERMA and how to enhance your own wellbeing
  • Mental Toughness: Learning how to normalising challenges and create micro-habits
  • Growth mindset: Understanding the amazing power of the human brain, neuroplasticity and evaluating your own mindsets.
  • Character strengths: Learning what your strengths are and how to uses them in you school and personal life
  • Grit and perseverance: Using an evidence based goal setting process and learning from famous failures in order to foster perseverance and passion toward our goals.
  • Building positive relationships
  • Focusing on “rising by lifting others” and active listening, in order to build authentic friendships.

Programmes Evalution

We offer several evidence-based measure to evaluate our wellbeing and mental toughness programme/curriculum together with student/teacher evaluation;

some of the scale we use are:

  • Psychological Wellbeing Scale
  • Mental Toughness
  • Flourishing
  • Pattern of Adaptive Learning
  • Emotional Intelligence capital

Teacher Training

Our teacher training uses the latest scientific research and evidence-based strategies to build your wellbeing, resilience mental toughness and pedagogy. Through the science of Positive Psychology, we unpack the evidence of how staff working in schools can build healthy habits and routines into every day practice, maintain energy and vitality at work, find more meaning and purpose in their role and build positive relationship with students and colleagues. Just as we use evidence to design diverse student wellbeing programmes we help you develop initiative that support teacher wellbeing in your school.

You can choose from a short session (60 to 90min) to a half day or full day training.

Topics you can choose from:

  • The science of wellbeing
  • Positive Education
  • Mental toughness
  • Instructional leadership

Become a certified Positive Educator and bring the Power of Positive Psychology into your school.
All educators want their students to be engaged, resilient, empowered, intrinsically motivated, successful and happy however the lack of time to create the materials adds more pressure

We have created a comprehensive Positive Education Programme that will not only equip you with a foundation in positive psychology science, but also enable you to instantly apply the knowledge in the classroom with your students. From understanding emotions and stress reduction, to using character strength to empower students, our programme will give you the tools for building greater positive emotions, engagement, flourishing relationships, greater meaning and purpose, accomplishment and energy. Learn these essential life skills and use them to help you and your students thrive.

Based on Science

Our curriculum content is firmly based on the science of wellbeing, underpinned by research in the fields of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mental Toughness

Developmentally Appropriate

Teach concepts and activities that are developmentally appropriate for the social and emotional development of children at different ages and stages. We have created a Developmental Scope and Sequence that describes a logical and sequential continuum for students’ understanding.

Scientific Summaries

Need to refresh your understanding of ‘Resilience’ or ‘Flow’? Our one-page summaries condense key research into an easy-to-read guide, so you can feel well-equipped to teach the content with confidence.

Flexible Lessons

Lesson delivery and timing is completely flexible, the lessons although scripted they are down to individual teacher’s to apply their own style and understanding. The lesson plans are there for guidance only and activities don’t include mandated timing. You can leave out activities or opt to extend them, based on the time you have and response from your students in your class.

Flexible Topics

Each learning opportunity can be taught as a stand-alone lesson. This means that you’re able to teach our topics in whatever order makes the most sense for your particular context.

Extra Content

Use our ‘Boost It!’™ option as a take-home activity or to expand the lesson so that, in combination with all the activities provided, each lesson easily becomes two!

Save Time

The legwork has been done for you! With the equivalent of over 120 lessons (in the full version from Year 7-Year 9) already prepared, you can focus your time and energy on your students, rather than on curriculum creation.

Bonus Material

Although our curriculum is hands-on and interactive in nature, we do provide worksheets and scaffolds that can be used as part of your lessons.

Assessment Opportunities

Use the included assessment opportunities to measure students’ understanding through formative and summative assessments.

Gilda Scarfe is available as a:

  • Researcher
  • Keynote speaker
  • Global consultant
  • Positive Education
  • Leadership Expert