THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2019

NOMINATE THE HAPPINESS HEROES IN YOUR WORKPLACE OR SCHOOL FOR A NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARD

Who inspires you, makes your workplace or school a happier place to be, goes the extra mile to support their colleagues and promote wellbeing?

The National Happiness Awards are the UK’s premier happiness and wellbeing event. They recognise the happiness heroes in business, the public sector and schools throughout the UK.

Winners and runners-up will receive their awards at a glittering London-based awards ceremony. Nominations close on 29th October. There are 5 free-to-enter categories - don't miss out - nominate today.

Workplace categories

  • Happiest Workplace
  • Happiest Employee
  • Happiest Team

School categories

  • Happiest Primary
  • Happiest Secondary
  • Happiest Employee
  • Happiest Child (Primary)
  • Happiest Young Person (Secondary)
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Award sponsors and supporters
Previous award winners and supporters
“We work really hard to look after our people and make the office a great place to work. It is great to win.”
2017 Winner - Burges Salmon
Flakefeet primary school winning a national happiness award
"We recently had a good Ofsted. But winning this award is what it's all about."
Flakefleet Primary School, Happiest Primary School, 2018
Anthony Seldon - National Happiness Award supporter
“These awards are amazing. Happiness is so important in all walks of life.”
Sir Anthony Seldon, Government happiness advisor

Nominations deadline:

29th October 2019

Awards ceremony:

Friday 22nd November 2019

Venue:

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.

You can't buy happiness, but the winners and runners-up can win thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

Prizes are great - who doesn't love a prize. But the prize of recognition and appreciation will last a lifetime. That's why a simple nomination boosts confidence, increases happiness and wellbeing, and shows how much someone is valued by their friends and colleagues.

Hit the button - spread the happiness!

Previous award winners

Theodora Children’s Charity, Happiest Team, 2018
“It is great recognition for all the team does, and recognises the importance of increasing happiness.”
Theodora Children’s Charity, Happiest Team, 2018
Natalie Morgan- Dew, Happiest Employee, 2018
“It is great recognition for all the team does, and recognises the importance of increasing happiness.”
Natalie Morgan- Dew, Happiest Employee, 2018
Thistley Hough Academy, Happiest Secondary School, 2018
"It is an honour to win an award like this."
Thistley Hough Academy, Happiest Secondary School, 2018

More about the awards

The awards are split into two sectors;
Happiness in the Workplace and Happiness in Education.

Award categories in the Workplace sector are:

  • Happiest Workplace
    Prize: £3000 of Laughology training
  • Happiest Employee
    Prize: £300 voucher of your choice
  • Happiest Team
    Prize: £300 voucher of choice to share (under 10 people), £500 voucher of choice to share (over 10 people)
Nominations are welcomed from businesses, charities and public sector organisations, Nominations can be submitted by owners, team members, clients and members of the public.

Award categories in the Education sector are:

  • Happiest Primary School
    Prize: £1000 of Laughology training & £1000 voucher of your choice
  • Happiest Secondary School
    Prize: £1000 of Laughology training & £1000 voucher of your choice
  • Happiest School Employee
    Prize: £300 voucher of your choice
  • Happiest Child (Primary)
    Prize: £150 voucher of your choice
  • Happiest Young Person (Secondary)
    Prize: £150 voucher of your choice
Nominations are welcomed from all levels of education. Nominations can be submitted by teachers, support staff, pupils, parents and members of the public.

2019 AWARDS SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS


Education gold sponsor

Twinkl

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Twinkl exists ‘To help those who teach’ and provides online educational resources and services used by schools and educators across the world. We are incredibly excited to be the Gold sponsor of the Laughology awards 2019, which recognise and support the happiness and wellbeing of schools, organisations and people across the UK.

 Like everyone at Laughology, the team at Twinkl believe that happy people work better and also think that people teach and learn better when they are happy too. We have been really inspired by previous winners of the National Happiness Awards and are proud to be part of this year’s event.

www.twinkl.co.uk

Workplace gold sponsor

Simply Better Events

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Simply Better Events are a full service events agency you can trust to deliver every time.

We’re proud to work with some of the UK's best-loved brands, helping them to create remarkable experiences that inspire their staff, customers or stakeholders to think, feel and do things differently.

www.simplybetterevents.com


Workplace silver sponsor

Lisa Gaith

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The art of advertising and printing

At Lisa Ghaith Limited we create brilliant artwork for advertising and print.

Solutions. You seek them. We provide them.

From complete management of the design and print process, to efficient distribution of deliverables, we save our customers time, money and hassle.  No matter what your print requirement, we have the people and the processes to deliver an immaculate service across a complete spectrum of products.  

We are a one-stop-shop for print and advertising procurement solutions. No caveats. No small print.

Take your imagination on an adventure!

www.lisaghaith.co.uk

Education silver sponsor

Crown House Publishing

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Crown House Publishing is an award-winning publisher of professional development resources for teachers and school leaders.

We are dedicated to publishing top quality books that help schools to nurture skilled, intuitive, self-directed learners who can think independently and work collaboratively and who are emotionally resilient enough to cope with challenges and realise their full learning potential.

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Laughology Happiness Awards as laughter and enjoyment are vital both to improving wellbeing in schools and to the learning process in general.

www.crownhouse.co.uk


Workplace bronze sponsor

Bottles and Bags

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Bottles and Bags is a small, independent firm specialising in re-usable water bottles, coffee cups, and bags; all custom-branded with your company's logo or artwork.

Our clients range from schools and sports clubs to large corporations. We prefer a personal approach allowing product artwork to be proof-approved before printing to ensure the end result is just as desired.

If you are looking to help reduce plastic waste by introducing re-usable water bottles and drinking cups to your organisation, then visit us at .

www.BottlesAndBags.co.uk

Education bronze sponsor

Hannam's

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Traditional Sweets, customised gift boxes and tins. Satisfy your sweet tooth. Get your sweets online at 

www.hannams.co.uk.


Supporters

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GET INVOLVED IN THE AWARDS

In addition to award nominations, there are a whole host of opportunities for people and organisations to get involved, from sponsorship to supporting our auction and raffle, which this year will benefit our charity partner Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Previous award supporters have included NatWest, CIPD, Crown House Publishing and MediaCity UK, and winners have included the Outward Bound Trust, Bupa Place and Burges Salmon. Once again nominations will be assessed by a panel of high-profile judges from the worlds of business and education.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE HAPPINESS AWARDS INFORMATION AND NEWS

87% of people who had been abducted by aliens said receiving Laughology award updates helped increase their sense of wellbeing. The other 13% moved to Basingstoke!


The awards campaign will be conducted throughout the year on social media and mainstream media. Previously, awards have been covered by the BBC, ITV and national and regional press.

What makes a winner?

The 2019 roll call of winners included Bupa Place and Flakefleet Primary School. Here’s some inside info on what made them winners to help you with your nominations.
BUPA place receiving their happiness award

Bupa Place: Happiest Workplace

Bupa Place’s submission got to the heart of how the company has designed its new workspace around the wellbeing of its people.

The nomination succinctly explained the range of initiatives and physical design features that enable employees to work in a healthy, supportive and happy environment, and how the new centre improves the lives of those who work there.

Judges were impressed by the scale and range of happiness and wellbeing considerations that the company detailed, including flexible hotdesking, social spaces, flexible working hours, a wellbeing suite, showers on every floor, private faith rooms, sustainable travel options and IT support to enable more flexible working patterns.

The submission also detailed the strong social and community element of the workplace and Bupa’s commitment to the personal and professional development of its employees. The submission was supported by photographs and videos showing evidence of the fundamental commitment Bupa Place makes to its people’s happiness and wellbeing.

Flakefleet Primary School: Happiest Primary School

Flakefleet’s submission included an honest and passionate statement by Dave McPartlin, Flakefeet Headteacher, in which he described how he and his staff have turned around a struggling school using kindness, happiness and personal responsibility.

The submission detailed the compassionate, innovative and revolutionary schemes dreamed up by staff to raise morale and develop pride in the school while building support throughout the school community and the locality. These initiatives included support for deprived pupils and their families, visits to a local care home and the making of hugely popular, hilarious viral videos to commemorate events such as the royal wedding. The submission explained how the school used social media to connect with parents and pupils and to build a solid community where people wanted to be involved and engaged.

Staff health and wellbeing was placed at the heart of the school. The submission detailed how discounted childcare was available on-site and how leadership put together a team to seek ways to enhance mental health and wellbeing.

The submission also looked to future plans which included a school petting zoo, a school radio station and a Christmas number one. Evidence came in the form of videos and a parent survey. The school also submitted a very helpful grid which detailed clearly which initiatives and evidence collated to which judging criteria.

Nomination deadline

Closing date for applications: 29th October 2019

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Happiness. What is it?

Real happiness – or realistic happiness (because you can’t be happy all the time) - is a complex mix of mindsets and emotional states which combine to create positivity, resilience and robust mental health. So many elements affect happiness, including exercise, diet and security. Our research tells us that realistic happiness is made of five main drivers. These are confidence, coping skills, positive relationships, support and personal development. Within each of these there are other factors, such as a sense of purpose. When people and organisations understand this and break down each element, they can start to devise interventions and initiatives that will positively impact on people’s happiness.

Happiness is:

  • Confidence
  • Personal development and autonomy
  • Positive relationships
  • Mutual support
  • Resilience and the ability to cope
  • The greatest gift that I possess
  • A room without a roof
It isn't
  • A cigar called Hamlet

Pssst! Here’s what the judges will be looking for…

Laughology is all about the science of happiness. Our high-brow boffins have studied it and worked out the equation for creating happy people and organisations. 

Confidence + personal development + mutual support + positive relationships + coping skills = happiness 

Any organisation, leader or person that takes measures to promote these five elements will be creating happiness. And the judges will be looking for evidence of each of these themes in your submission. 

Check out the links below to discover what the judges look for in team and individual categories and also have a look at the judging criteria for ideas about how organisations – both workplaces and schools - can create happiness. We hope this information helps, but most of all, the judges want to hear your unique stories and the innovative ways you are putting happiness at the heart of what you do. So don’t get too hung up on the detail. And don’t forget, our judges love material such as photos, videos, testimonials, feedback and press cuttings.

Judges

Each year the National Happiness Awards team are honoured to partner with an esteemed panel of successful leaders who judge the nominations.

We will announce this year's judges after we have bribed them to take part with a lifetime supply of Curly Wurlys - the official chocolate-based snack of the National Happiness Awards 2019.

David Bowman

David is Managing Director and co-founder of Crown House Publishing. He worked for British Gas in management services before starting in education publishing. His company’s books focus on positive education and independent thinking and learning.

What David is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
A person or school who is relentlessly positive in everything they do and who inspires others to be the same. Someone who looks for the best in others and encourages them to shine.

Gill White

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed a director for the newly formed directorate of careers & CPD in September 2013. Since then she has taken responsibility for the content, commercial, regional and international teams. She is currently the business and markets development director. Her remit covers commercial enterprises, business development and the international and regional areas.

Gill delivers speeches and workshops around the world which focus on the future of learning and development, leadership, strategic alignment and behavioural science.

Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of L&D leadership roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP. She also held operational roles at consultancy IDology, Whitbread, Greenall’s and Vodafone.

Gill holds the prestigious IOD chartered director status, one of only 1,000 in the UK. She is also a fellow of both the IOD and CIPD. Gill’s main passion beyond learning and behavioural science remains her love of wine, something she studied to degree level when working in the trade. She is never happier than when reading a book on the brain, accompanied by a nice pinot noir.

What Gill is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
What I look for is the additional evidence – like videos or photos that help bring the entry to life. Anything that really helps demonstrate the impact that the intervention has had makes it more compelling.

Nerina Ramlakhan

Physiologist Nerina Ramlakhan PhD has over 20 years experience in maximising individual and organisational performance. She founded BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions and has worked extensively in the public and private sector.

After completing her post-doctoral training and research into the effects of lifestyle interventions on mental disorders, she spent five years in corporate health screening before studying organisational psychiatry and psychology at Guys Hospital. For over a decade she worked with the Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in London on their sleep, energy & physical health programmes.

Nerina’s work with individuals and organisations includes motivational and leadership programmes, wellness and energy programmes, return to work coaching following long-term sickness absence and burnout prevention. She also runs regular sleep/energy workshops for women recovering from cancer at the Haven Centre in Fulham.

Nerina’s work is featured regularly in the national press and she has appeared on BBC radio, GMTV, ITV’s This Morning, CNN and SKY NEWS.

Nerina is the sleep advisor to the Silent Night bed company and Melia Hotels and Resorts.

What Nerina is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
I'll be looking for initiatives that bring happiness into organisations and examples of the impact these have. How do they engage their people and are the initiatives measurable? For the individual awards I'll be looking at the actions the nominees do and how these impact on the people around them.  Is their happiness infectious? 

Rob Woodhead

Rob is managing director of Simply Better Events, a full-service events agency. Their purpose is to inspire people to think, feel and do things differently and they do this by creating remarkable event experiences.

Simply Better recognise the important role that live events have in creating positive employee engagement, which in turn leads to a happier, more productive workplace.

What Rob is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2019 - “Afters” are key for me. It’s not just about programmes or processes that have been put in place, but more about the tangible impact that these initiatives have had…so measurement is key!

Leon Smith
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Leon is Twinkl’s Chief Customer Officer and one of our National Happiness Awards judges.

Leon taught KS1 and Lower KS2 for over five years before joining Twinkl in 2015. She has always been a huge champion of Twinkl’s mission; ‘to help those who teach’. As Chief Customer Officer she wants everyone who uses Twinkl to have the best experience possible.

Leon oversees the customer support and customer experience teams, which provide 24/7 support to educators across the world.

This year she is driving a focus on wellbeing, leading her team to explore what more Twinkl can do to support schools and educators in this area. In her own words Leon and her team ‘make people happy’, which is one of the reasons she is so pleased to be judging the National Happiness awards.

Leon lives in Sheffield and loves to spend time with her children in the great outdoors taking advantage of the city’s parks and its close proximity to the Peak District.

She is passionate about supporting the happiness and wellbeing of educators and school communities world-wide, believing that an effective learning environment is a happy one.

What Leon is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2019 - Leon is hoping to find entries that focus on and involve people from across communities and include strong examples of where people have done things for the right reasons and put others first.

She is also looking for entries where people have tried new things and dared to be different in order to bring happiness to those around them.

As a ‘frequent crier’, anything funny, inspiring or joyous enough to turn on the water works will be a hit with Leon too!

Nina Jackson
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Nina is an International Education Consultant, author, award winning speaker and is a leading practitioner in outstanding learning and teaching, mental health and wellbeing. She has a particular gift of working with SEND and engaging disaffected learners. Her training courses on all aspects of Learning and Teaching always leave educationalists wanting more - she is in high demand for working with teachers, students and educationalists alike. She is an Associate Director with 'Independent Thinking Ltd'.

Winner of the IPDA International Prize for Education and described by the TES as an ‘inspirational, evangelical preacher of education’, Nina is a tour-de-force when it comes to enlivening teaching and learning for all. Her background as an innovative teacher and leader of learning, trainer and education consultant has had an overwhelming impact on education both in the UK and on an international basis. She has worked with the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and UNICEF in Chile, Ghana, India, China and the Middle East. She has devised therapy programmes and curriculums of engagement for reluctant learners and has delivered training to teachers from Early Years to Higher Education.

Nina is one of the happiest, effervescent personalities in education today and puts her own learning, and the learning of others at the heart of everything she believes in. Many will know her as a ‘Ninja – who loves to move in mysterious ways’.

What Nina is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2019In a time when individuals, groups of people, the workplace, education and communities are under a great deal of pressure,  I’m looking for special individuals and schools, those extra ordinary heroes of happiness that bring joy, hope and love to others (as well as themselves) to show and share with us their special ways that keep us all going in this crazy world of accountability. Quite simply, I want you to make me smile a lot. 

 

Dave McPartlin
Dave Mcpartlin. Flakefeet School - National Happiness Awards Judges

Dave is Headteacher at Flakefleet Primary School in Fleetwood, winners of the Happiest Primary School 2018, one-time Christmas No. 1 Contender and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist in 2019. Dave’s #daretodream philosophy permeates all aspects of school life and his mission to develop resilience, nurture self-confidence and raise aspirations is relentless. The school employs a large number of staff to successfully support the various challenges that their children and families face, both in and out of school. A positive and optimistic culture that encourages continuous personal development and the embracing of innovation and change is at the heart of Dave’s mission at the school. Parental and community engagement is very high, staff retention rates are 100% over the last few years, pupil numbers are increasing, and standards continue to rise. Dave knows that a happy school is a successful school.

What's made you laugh a lot recently?  
I cried with laughter when I sent my other half the wrong phone number for someone to fix our washing machine. There were two Elaines in my phone book, one knew about washing machines, the other didn’t. I sent her the number of Elaine who didn’t. My other half (and Elaine) couldn’t figure out what each other was on about and it all got very confusing - turns out people who do curriculum training aren’t that good at fixing kitchen appliances.

What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you at work?    
Couldn’t decide between splitting my trousers whilst on the climbing frame with the kids or turning up to a governing body meeting in fancy dress because I’d forgotten my change of clothes. 

What makes you truly happy? 
It may sound a bit cheesy, but I really like helping people feel better about themselves or to feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives.

What's the worst bit of corporate jargon you've ever heard? 
It’s not corporate jargon as such but I really hated it when a previous Ofsted chief came in to post saying "If anyone says to you that 'staff morale is at an all-time low' you know you are doing something right." What a load of rubbish – a happy workforce with clear expectations and support has to be more productive and have a greater impact. The idea that the best bosses are ‘tough’ is a load of rubbish.

What would be your superpower and why? 
I’d love to be able to control the weather – I’m not a big fan of the dark winter months but do love a bit of sledging! 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in yourself, stop worrying about what other people will think and go for it.

What would fix the world?  
More thought and consideration for each other.

Who would be on the fantasy guest list of your dinner party?
Kylie Minogue for the music (honest), Derren Brown for a bit of magic, Robbie Williams for the stories, Tony Blair for a bit of politics to stir things up and Nigella Lawson to help with the food. 

What Dave is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2019
I'm looking for a clear determination from applicants to develop a happy and optimistic culture through innovative and creative ways that challenge long-held norms but lead to successful outcomes.

Judging criteria

Happiest Workplace

The criteria for the National Happiest Workplace is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - but it is well worth a read!

Happiest Employee

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Creativity and innovation in the way the nominee supports and encourages others and examples of how they go the extra mile to ensure colleagues are happy
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the nominee inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness in the organisation
  • How the nominee has a positive impact on the organisation and the community beyond
  • The positive impact the individual has on the organisation from staff feedback and testimonials from peers
Happiest Team
Judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A team which demonstrates an original and innovative approach to people development, promoting wellbeing and communicating positive messages about mental health and happiness
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the team excels in collaborative working and leadership
  • A rounded approach showing how the team positively impacts on other functions and the wider business
  • Key metrics, staff feedback and anecdotes that demonstrate how the team has strengthened the organisation
Happiest Primary School

The criteria for the National Happiest School award is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - it's well worth a read!

Happiest Secondary School

The criteria for the National Happiest School award is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - it's well worth a read!

Happiest Child (Primary)

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • A creative and curious approach for getting the most out of school life
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates what the student has achieved and in what context
  • The positive impact the pupil has on the school to promote happiness
Happiest Young Person (Secondary)

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • A creative and curious approach for getting the most out of school life
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates what the student has achieved and in what context
  • The positive impact the pupil has on the school to promote happiness
Happiest School Employee

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Original and innovative ideas for contributing to the overall happiness of the school
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the person inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness, wellbeing and positive mental health in the school
  • How the person adds value to the school in terms of promoting happiness and children’s development beyond the curriculum inside and outside of the classroom

Awards Charity Partners 2019

Andy Burnham - Mayor of Greater Manchester

Haven House. National Happiness Awards charity partner

The National Happiness Awards is all about spreading the love, which is why each year we choose a charity to support. This year we are delighted to announce that our charity partner for 2019 is Haven House Children’s Hospice. On the night of the awards we will be holding an auction and raffle to raise funds for this very worthy cause.

Go to the Haven House website...

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP FROM THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2018

Happiness award winners 2018 were announced in a glittering awards ceremony at MediaCityUK, Salford

2018 awards ceremony gallery.


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