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News of our pioneering work bringing happiness to schools has spread and over the past month Laughology has been in demand at several schooling events. Stephanie Davies delivered an incredibly well-received session to a conference of headteachers from Bracknell local education authority.

The session was scheduled to last for 90 minutes but was extended to two and half hours which gave delegates the opportunity to explore Laughology’s work in the field of happiness in schools. Stephanie’s session looked at resilience for head teachers and how they can create resilient schools. She discussed how the FLIP technique can help heads, staff and pupils to face change and challenges.

In typical fun and engaging style the session also looked at appropriate uses of humour in the classroom and touched on happy centred schools and how to embed happiness within school culture.

Feedback on the session was phenomenal and included comments such as: ‘Brilliant and so engaging, great mixture of theory, practice and discussion’, ‘good, upbeat, brilliant session and inspiring speaker’, ‘Entertaining, fabulous, fantastic, completely amazing’ and ‘with the stress and anxieties shown by our children, we can see the strength of Stephanie’s message in our schools’.

Laughology was out in force at another head teachers event, this time for Merton LEA. Both Kerry Leigh and Stephanie Davies attended the two-day conference held in the beautiful surroundings of Sandbanks in Dorset. Kerry providing an entertaining evening of interactive improv which delegates got involved in and showed how flexible they were when it came to trying out new things.

The following day Stephanie delivered a full day of fun and learning. In her morning session she looked at dealing with change, particularly how to position information and use language to help people cope better and more positively. In the afternoon session she looked at FLIP for teachers and children and how the technique can be embedded as part of school culture. She also spoke about the Happy-centred schools initiative and looked at case studies where the programme has been successfully delivered.

We also travelled to Swindon where Juliette Yardley delivered a dynamic, thought-provoking session on challenging unconscious bias and creating happy confident young people. She looked at how everyone, including teachers and young children hold unconscious biases and explained how these impact on the way we teach and learn. The session received a great response with lots of positive tweets throughout the day.

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