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Become a sponsor for the National Happiness Awards 2019

The Laughology National Happiness Awards is a non-profit event which recognises and honours the happiest schools, pupils, teachers, head teachers and school teams in the UK.

They are judged by an independent panel of experts and culminate in a gala awards evening of fun and glamour.The awards recognise happiness heroes from from education, the public sector and business.2019 marks the fourth year the awards have been running and each year they grow in size and profile.They are the only awards of their kind in Britain and attract significant media attention.As a community interest company, the awards promote research and best practice in education mental health.

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Reach new education audiences and markets

Align your brand with the event and with our influential event partners, which in the past have included CIPD and NatWest.

Use your own PR to gain leverage from the event’s high-profile coverage. Previous awards have been covered by the BBC and ITV plus a range of national and regional newspapers, websites and trade publications.

Network with judges, finalists from other workplaces and award guests.

Reinforce your brand’s positive values by affiliation with the premier event for happiness and wellbeing in the UK.

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Happiness Award Winners 2018

Happiness Award Winners 2018 are announced in a glittering awards ceremony at MediaCityUK

There wasn’t a dry eye (or a dry glass) in the house on Friday night when the winners were announced for the National Happiness Awards. Emotions and spirits were high as one-by-one, our happiness heroes took to the stage. Over 200 entries were whittled down to our final shortlist, and ultimately our seven winners, who were each honoured at the glittering ceremony in MediaCityUK, Salford. The event was hosted by Laughology’s very own Stephanie Davies and Dave Keeling and over 150 people attended. We are delighted to announce the winners and thank everyone who nominated, entered and supported the award. You are all happiness heroes.

Happiest Workplace: Bupa Place, Salford Quays, Manchester

Creating the happiest place to work was the core mission when Bupa developed its new offices, Bupa Place. The space is focused on ensuring every one of the 2500 people based there love working there.

Happiest Workplace was won by Bupa Place, who had put a lot of hard work in to making their space a positive, well and happy place to be

Happiest Workplace Person: Natalie Morgan-Dew, Mizz Twisted Cherry, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Natalie has overcome personal and health challenges and turned her experiences into positives which she uses to support and encourage others. She runs an alternative dance studio which teaches burlesque and pole dancing but which has also become a support network for the women who go there. Natalie has helped and has been a support for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, bereaved parents and people going through a range of personal and health difficulties.

Natalie Morgan-Dew, Mizz Twisted Cherry, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire was the well-deserved Happiest Workplace person winner.

Happiest Team: Theodora Children’s Charity, London

The charity runs a team of ‘Giggle Doctors’ who are specially trained performers who visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres. Last year they visited over 33,000 children, bringing light and laughter to them and their families while helping to increase opportunities for play, reduce stress and anxiety and improve experiences of the medical environment.

A well deserved Happiest Team winner, Theodora Children’s Charity represented by Alice Barley.

Happiest Secondary School: Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Thistley Hough Academy has been in special measures twice in its history and was once deemed ‘unsaveable’ and came close to closure. With leadership, determination and creativity it has continued to improve and is now graded as Good with Outstanding features. This renaissance has been underpinned by works with a wide range of partners and has developed long-established relationships and completed many successful projects, including a lunchtime darts club for pupils and a visiting dentistry service.

Happiest Secondary school, Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent bounded to the stage, delighted to have won after working so hard to not only make the school a happy place but to ensure great standards too.

Happiest School Person: Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Stephen Hill is determined to make a difference to childrens’ lives in his own school and the wider community. He has a desire to mould the children he teaches into well-rounded, fun loving, caring individuals.

Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Junior, Infant and Nursery School was Happiest School Person. He couldn’t join us that evening as was busy raising awareness for other worthy causes, but had some colleagues attend

Happiest Pupil 2018 Shawn Sequeira, Lime Tree Primary School, Surbiton, Surrey

Shawn is blind, but is not defined by his disability, nor does he use it as an excuse not to have a go at something and sets his goals high. He drums, cooks, dances and takes a proactive role in helping others at his school and beyond understand blindness. He has a thirst of knowledge, an enthusiasm for learning and a zest for life.

The room couldn’t hold back the tears when Happiest Pupil, Shawn Sequeira of Lime Tree Primary School, Surbiton, Surrey came to collect his trophy and made a speech.

Happiest Primary School: Flakefleet Primary School, Fleetwood, Lancs

Flakefleet has seen its fortunes turn around dramatically thanks to staff who go above and beyond to support pupils. Situated in an area of high deprivation, many children and families need additional support. Staff have helped feed children, wash their clothes and even provide presents at birthdays and Christmas when necessary, which is all done with discretion and dignity.

Winners of Happiest Primary school – Flakefleet primary school. We think the whole school came along with a very proud Head teacher, Mr McPartlin saying a few thoughtful words.

Galley from Happiness Awards ceremony

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Thank you for your nomination

THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOMINATION

The Laughology bot - otherwise known as Steph-W, will soon apply the unique Laughology happiness algorithm to your nomination!

If you're lucky, and she can remember where she has filed it, we will let you know by 11th November 2019, if your nomination has been successful or not.

We will email confirmation of your nomination, or payment, using the email address you submitted on your nomination.

if you have any questions you can call 0844 800 1701 or email Steph-W.

Please feel free to nominate in other categories or encourage your colleagues to support your nomination, with nominations of their own.

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National Happiness Awards

The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 came to a glittering conclusion on Friday, 18th November, 2016, when the happiest people and places in the UK were honoured at a ceremony in London.

The awards were staged to celebrate Laughology’s tenth anniversary and to recognise like-minded people and places who harness the power of happiness to improve lives.

The winners of the National Happiness awards 2016, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were:

Silverdale Primary Academy impressed judges with its commitment to creating a happy environment for staff and pupils. Initiatives include a website to track pupil happiness and a year-round competition to ensure happiness stays at the forefront of school life. Pupils even go to other schools to tell them how to be happier.

Stuart McLean Vice Principal of Silverdale Primary Academy said: “It is a tremendous accolade and validates the work we do in the school which is based on positivity and happiness, which is embedded in all we do with our children and staff. We couldn’t ask for a better team of staff and children at the Academy and that’s what it’s all about for us.”

Jane Thomas runs the UK’s first Happy-centred school and places pupil well-being and happiness above all else. She has introduced a school curriculum which runs alongside the National Curriculum and encourages important childhood experiences, such as making mud pies and going to the theatre.

She said: “It’s humbling to win because it is really a team effort. Happiness is the keystone of any school. Children don’t want to come to school if they don’t feel safe, listened to, and happy. If they don’t feel like they can succeed and thrive they don’t want to learn. The awards have been amazing. To have so many like-minded people in the same room has been overwhelming.”

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

The full list of 2016 winners and runners up are:

Happiest Business or Organisation

1. The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

2. Spencers Solicitors, Chesterfield

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3. Edelman UK, London

3. giffgaff, Slough

Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee

1. Rob Smith, The Outward Bound Trust, Gwynedd

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2. Ruth Thomas, Westwood Early Years Centre, Flintshire Early Years and Family Support Service

2. Martin Cooper, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

Happiest School

1. Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea

2. St. Matthew’s Primary School, Luton

3. Highfield South Farnham, Farnham, Surrey

Happiest Teacher, Headteacher or Support Staff

1. Jane Thomas, St. Matthew’s Primary School

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2. Ian Melloy, Heathfields Infant School, Tamworth

2. Gregory West, Highfield South Farnham

The 2016 awards were sponsored by Herman Miller and Crown House Publishing and supported by government happiness adviser Sir Anthony Seldon who said: “The awards are important because they recognise that happiness is not just a nebulous concept. It is a vital component in the human condition that needs to be encouraged and nurtured in all areas of life.”

Laughology founder and CEO, Stephanie Davies, said: “Our winners and all our finalists have been amazing. The awards are our way of recognising and honouring those in the UK who, like us, are making the world a better place through happiness. I’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first ever Happiness Awards and this will now become an annual event that we know will grow bigger and bigger each year.

“They have captured the imagination of people and organisations across the UK and they prove that both business and education take happiness seriously.”

Watch the 2016 winners and runners-up talk about their awards

Happiest headteacher

Jane Thomas, headteacher of St Matthew's Primary School, the happiest Headteacher in the UK 

Happiest organisation or business

The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

Happiest school

Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex. 

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Gallery of the winners and runners-up from the National Happiness Awards 2016

NOMIANTIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 20th October, 2017

Friday, 17th November, 2017

CIPD Wimbledon, 151 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1JQ

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The National Happiness Awards 2016

At Laughology, we like to reward happiness in all its guises, because happiness not only makes us feel good, it makes us be good too. It provokes productivity, it boosts health, it makes us better people and it improves learning on every level.

To mark our tenth anniversary, we are holding the first Laughology Happiness Awards. We want to honour happiest business, organisation, or school, and the happiness hero who contributes the most to making them the happiest place to work in the UK. If you are a school, business, or if you work in the public sector, we want you to nominate your #happinessHeroes2016 and tell us why they deserve an award.

There are four categories in the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016:

Businesses and organisations 

  • Happiest Business or Organisation category
  • Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee category

Find out more about the happiness award criteria and prizes...

Schools

  • Happiest School category
  • Happiest Teacher, Head Teacher or Support Staff category

Find out more about the happiness award criteria and prizes...

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Sir Anthony Seldon

 

Sir Anthony Seldon backs the happiness awards

Sir Anthony Seldon is one of the country’s leading experts on happiness. As well as being a political historian, commentator on British political leadership as well as education and contemporary Britain. He is also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony is backing the happiness awards as plans progress and will be one of our valued contributors.

Sir Anthony Seldon, supporter and valued contributor to the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 says, 'get off your butt, fill in a form, and make the world happier.'

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Why should you enter?

The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 are the first of their kind in the UK. We decided it was about time that organisations recognised the importance of happiness and making it count for their people.  We know that when organisations invest in initiatives that promote happy working, their engagement scores rise.  Entering your business or school for the Laughology Happiness Awards will show your employees and external customers that you value the importance of happy and engaged teams and are committed to promoting happiness.

What are the benefits?

Being nominated, short-listed or winning one of our Happiness Awards is our direct endorsement of the positive work culture at your business or school. Laughology is considered a pioneer in the art of using happiness and humour to improve motivation and productivity at work. 

Laughology Happiness Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of your teams so being nominated and potentially winning an award is an excellent way to boost staff morale. It can also help attract new business and talent to your company or school.

Entering a deserving colleague to our awards can serve as a way to thank them publicly and show appreciation for all they do to build a happy, healthy and positive work environment.

How will the Laughology Happiness Awards be judged?

The Laughology team are honoured to partner with Ian Gilbert, founder and CEO of Independent Thinking, Gill White, Capability and Career Development Director at CIPD and David Bowman, Managing Director of Crown House Publishing Ltd, who will help judge the Happiness Awards.  Each nomination will be judged on the criteria detailed on the entry forms.  Three finalists for each award will be selected and invited to the awards ceremony.  

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The judges

Ian Gilbert

Ian Gilbert

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform where leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. 

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? His latest book, Independent Thinking, was published in 2014.

Gill White


Gill White CIPD

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed in September 2014 to head up the newly-formed Directorate of Knowledge and Capability.

Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP. She also held operational roles; such as MD of the consultancy IDology; Op’s manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status.

David Bowman

David Bowman

David Bowman is Managing Director of Crown House Publishing Ltd, a company he co-founded in 1997. After leaving university he worked for British Gas in Management Services for 8 years before leaving to ‘do something more meaningful with my life’. He now publishes books for teachers and school leaders on promoting independent thinking and learning and the benefits of positive education.

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What to do next

  1. Choose the schools or business and organisations award.
  2. Fill in the short online forms, or download a word file from the menu on the left of the page.
  3. Make sure we receive the forms before midnight on 17th Oct 2016.

Good luck!


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National Happiness Awards 2017 nomination form

Welcome to the National Happiness Awards 2017 nomination form

This form has four sections and should only take you a few minutes to fill in, they are:

Your nomination category and why you think your nomination should win an award

Any information you may have to support your nomination

Award nominee contact details

Your contact details

Finally, push the big blue button at the end of the form to submit your nomination and good luck. You will be informed no later than the 3rd of November 2017 if your nomination has made it to the finalists shortlist, or not, for the awards ceremony on 17th November.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call us on 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Nominations are now closed for this year's awards.

Winners and runners-up will be informed by Friday 3rd November 2017.

£5 donation

After you have clicked the submit button, you will be directed to a page where you can choose to make a donation to our National Happiness Awards 2017 charity partner, Combat Stress, a mental health charity for veterans. Laughology will match any donation you make. 

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The National Happiness Awards 2019 nominations page

HAPPINESS AWARDS 2019 NOMINATIONS

Submit your nominations for The National Happiness Awards, and be part of the UK's premier happiness and wellbeing event.

If you want to find out more about the happiness awards you can check out all the details on the happiness awards main page.

If you want to hurtle straight into nominations, go for it, but you may like to check out the handy nominations guide at the bottom of this page, to give your nomination the best chance of winning. If you prefer, you can download the guide in Word format. Don't forget - nominate early, nominate often.

Workplace nominations

Happiest Workplace Nomination ( £50 fee. Early bird £30)

Your Happiest Workplace nomination

Business Public Health Charity Other

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, zip)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

Nominee contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions
Nomination fee - £30.00

Early bird will end on 22nd October 2019. After which the nomination fee will be £50.

PAYMENT
 
After you have clicked the 'submit your nomination' button below, a payment window will appear.
 
When the nomination fee payment has been made, your nomination will be submitted to our judges. Part of this nomination fee will be donated to this year's awards charity.
 
CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination and payment. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest Team Nomination

Happiest Team Nomination

Business Public Health Charity Other

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

Team contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions

CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest Employee Nomination

Happiest Employee Nomination

Business Public Health Charity Other

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, zip)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

Nominee contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions

CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 

Education nominations

Happiest Primary School Nomination (£20 fee. Early bird £15)

Your Happiest Primary School Nomination

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

School contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions
Nomination fee - £15.00

Early bird will end on 22nd October 2019. After which the nomination fee will be £20.

PAYMENT
 
After you have clicked the 'submit your nomination' button below, a payment window will appear.
 
When the nomination fee payment has been made, your nomination will be submitted to our judges. Part of this nomination fee will be donated to this year's awards charity.
 
CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination and payment. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest Secondary School Nomination (£20 fee. Early bird £15)

Your Happiest Secondary School Nomination

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, zip)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

School contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions
Nomination fee - £15.00

Early bird will end on 22nd October 2019. After which the nomination fee will be £20.

PAYMENT
 
After you have clicked the 'submit your nomination' button below, a payment window will appear.
 
When the nomination fee payment has been made, your nomination will be submitted to our judges. Part of this nomination fee will be donated to this year's awards charity.
 
CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination and payment. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest Happiest Child (primary) Nomination

Your Happiest Child (primary) Nomination

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions

CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, zip)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

School contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions

CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest Young Person (secondary) Nomination

Your Happiest Young Person (secondary) Nomination

Information to support your nomination

The maximum file size is 4mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, zip)
  • Maximum total files upload size of 4mb
  • Please combine multiple files into one folder before uploading

School contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered.
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Your email will be added to our database so we can contact you about the awards and other events

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Tick to agree to the above conditions

CONFIRMATION EMAIL
 
You will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. Sometimes this email will end up in your junk or spam folders, please check these if you can't find the email in your normal email box.
 


Happiest School Employee Nomination

Your Happiest School Employee Nomination

Information to support your nomination

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Guide to entering the awards

We want you to be in the with best chance of winning a National Happiness Award, so we’ve written a handy guide to help you maximise your chances. Entering Britain’s brightest awards is a simple process but a few little tweaks to your entry could make all the difference. You’ll find suggestions for these in the handy hints section. But to start off with, here are the rules:

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  • All entries must be submitted via the official online entry system before the final deadline on 29th October at midnight
  • All fees due must be paid in full before entries will be considered
  • Maximum total single file upload size for supporting evidence is 4mb
  • You can enter in more than one category
  • All material submitted must be your own original work that you own the copyright for.
  • You must hold the relevant rights and permissions to use any submitted material
  • By submitting entries and evidence you infer the National Happiness Awards permission to use the material for judging, promotional and marketing purposes
  • The material you submit cannot be obscene, offensive or defamatory or otherwise illegal
  • The information provided (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential) may be used by the National Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future. Any sensitive parts of the submission should be clearly highlighted and marked with the words ‘not for publication’
  • Please ensure spellings of organisations and names of individuals are correct, as these will be published online and used throughout the Awards campaign, on marketing material and communications, across social media and on trophies if applicable
  • Ensure, to the best of your ability, submissions are written correctly in publishable form as they may be used online to promote your entry and the awards in general. The better the entry is presented, the better it reflects on your organisation
  • Your written entry must be no more than two A4 pages and in 12 point font size
  • You can upload up to three films or Youtube clips and three additional A4 pages of evidence-based information – this includes photographs that can added to A4.

Supporting material:

Our judges love supporting material even more than they love cake, and they REALLY love cake. So make sure you back up your submissions with material that can be used as evidence. This can include videos, documents, testimonials, links to articles, photographs, surveys and pdf documents; anything that shows the judges what you’ve done and why it works. For a full list of the appropriate formats see the Awards website.
If the material is online, in the form of newspaper articles or Youtube videos, for example, supply links and test the links to make sure they work.

Psst! handy hints and tips:

  • To the best of your ability, display how your nominee addresses and promotes the themes of happiness (education) or drivers of happiness (workplace) as illustrated in the Laughology Happiness Matrix. You can download these grids on the Happiness Awards page. What actions engender confidence, positive relationships, resilience, personal development and support? To make it simpler, use separate headings for each aspect.
  • Tell a story with your submission. Don’t just list initiatives you or your organisation have introduced, tell us why they were introduced and what effect they’ve had. Give us an idea of your organisation or the individual you are nominating. Provide some context and a back story. What challenges have been faced? Explain the trajectory of your story – where did you start and what did you do to get to where you are?
  • Chose the right category.
  • Size doesn’t matter (much), the key is quality. Our judges are smarter than they look and can sniff out a contrived nomination. They’d rather see a well-constructed, individualised single nomination backed up by quality evidence than scores of short nominations for the same organisation or individual which all say the same thing.
  • Quantify your submission with detail about the nominee’s creativity and innovation. Judges are looking for stand-out ideas and initiatives. Dave may well tell jokes in meetings and bring cakes in on Friday, but he needs to do a bit more to win a National Happiness Award. Tell us why Dave is so flipping great.
  • Emphasise the human aspect. Everything you describe in your nomination should have an impact on the people associated with the nominee.

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National Happiness Awards 2019

NOMINATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2019 ARE NOW OPEN

  • Nominations deadline

    29th October 2019
  • Awards ceremony

    Friday 22nd November 2019
  • Venue

    Kings Place
    90 York Way
    London N1 9AG.

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We are thrilled to announce that The National Happiness Awards 2019 are open. And this year we’ve made them a Brexit-free zone! This means we will only be concentrating on happy, positive, progressive people and places who have made a constructive impact on happiness and wellbeing. So, if Jacob Rees-Mogg tries to nominate the European Research Group for the Happiest Team award, we promise we will ban him from entering.

The National Happiness Awards are now well-established as the UK’s premier happiness and wellbeing event and we will be staging an all-singing, all-dancing gala ceremony in November to crown our winners.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

"It is an honour to win an award like this."
Thistley Hough Academy, Happiest Secondary School, 2018
"We recently had a good Ofsted. But winning this award is what it's all about."
Flakefleet Primary School, Happiest Primary School, 2018
“These awards are amazing. Happiness is so important in all walks of life.”
Sir Anthony Seldon, Government happiness advisor
“It is great recognition for all the team does, and recognises the importance of increasing happiness.”
Theodora Children’s Charity, Happiest Team, 2018
“It is great recognition for all the team does, and recognises the importance of increasing happiness.”
Natalie Morgan- Dew, Happiest Employee, 2018
“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

Nomination deadline

Closing date for applications: 29th October 2019

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!

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    Leon Smith

    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!

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    Nina Jackson

    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. Flakefeet School - National Happiness Awards Judges

    Dave McPartlin

    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.

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WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP FROM THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2018

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

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2018 awards ceremony gallery.

  • Aaron Alburey

  • O 2 Happiest Team Commended

  • Tracy Kelly Councillor

  • Thistley Hough Hapiest Secondary School Winner

  • Theodora Childrens Charity Happiest Team Winner

  • Room Photo

  • Room Shot 10

  • Shawn Sequeira Happiest Pupil Winner 4

  • Stephen Hill Happiest School Person Winner Friends Collected It

  • Room Photo 12

  • Rob Woodhead Simply Better Events

  • Rhys Dooley Williams Hiren Abhani Happiest Pupils Highly Commended

  • Raffle Winner 2

  • Justin Robbins Karen Dempster

  • Kerry James Stephanie Davies

  • Mrs Statemen

  • Natalie Morgan Dew Happiest Workplace Person WINNER 5

  • Judges

  • Jake Heather Happiest School Person Highly Commended

  • Ian Gilbert 2

  • Hirens Mum

  • Highly Commended Commended 2

  • Highly Commended Commended 5

  • Hiren Happiest Pupil Highly Commended

  • Hiren Abhani Happiest Pupil Highly Commended 4

  • Happy Face

  • Happy Face 2

  • Fun Photo

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  • Fun Photo 12

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  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 2

  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 4

  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 5

  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 7

  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 11

  • Flakefleet Happiest Primary School Winner 10

  • Fit 2 Communicate

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  • Fairfield Stockport Academy Runners Up

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  • Filming Photo 1

  • Entry Shot

  • Dr Nerina

  • Dave Keeling Stephanie Davies Flossing

  • Dave Keeling Stephanie Davies 1

  • Dave Keeling Vicky Rowan Stephanie Davies Stephanie Wilkinson

  • Dinos Rob Simply Better Events

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  • Bupa Place Happiest Workplace WINNERS

  • Becca Ross Jessica Byhurst Happiest Person Workplace

  • Bar Photo

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