Happy-centred school programme
HAPPY-CENTRED SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Welcome to the Laughology Happy-Centred Schools programme; an evidence-based ‘added extra’ to learning that will enhance the emotional wellbeing of your school community - pupils, parents, teachers, and support staff.
The Happy-Centred Schools programme (HCS)™ is designed to increase opportunities for all children and gives them the skills needed to take full advantage of learning and of the school community.
It promotes happiness values researched by Laughology to help children and staff enhance learning ability and flourish. The programme is designed for all children. It gives them the skills needed to stay positive, motivated and to believe in their abilities, using resources designed for and by teachers and children, it helps enhance life skills.
HAPPY CHILDREN ACHEIVE MORE
In a recent international comparative study of children’s subjective wellbeing in 15 countries, children in England ranked 14th for satisfaction with life as a whole, and 12th for their school experience.
Clearly, there is a pressing need to address the issues that make our children feel unhappy and affect their learning.
The HCS programme is fun and improves school standards
Laughology’s HCS programme pioneered the whole-school approach to systemised wellbeing within schools. The pilot HCS was launched in 2012 in St Matthew’s Primary School in Luton and within two years helped improve standards across a variety of areas, including SATS results.
The programme is flexible, easy to use and, most importantly, it is fun. Happy children learn more easily and are more engaged with school life. Increasing happiness in children can help break the deeply ingrained, limiting beliefs and self-perceptions that stifle aspiration and hamper the ability to achieve.
HCS is based on neuroscience and psychology
The scientific study of happiness has gained traction in the past decade and the HCS programme is underpinned by data and results from studies into happiness from the fields of neuroscience and psychology.
The principles behind HCS are also drawn from Laughology’s own research.
The underlying principles of the HCS programme are based on research by academics such as Dr Martn Seligman, a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, and Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick.
There are five HCS themes and each is a vital factor in achieving happiness.
FREE LESSON PLAN
Happy-centred school confidence theme lesson plan
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As part of the programme, during the first half-term, a happiness survey of staff and children can also be undertaken by Laughology
The happiness survey will gauge levels of emotional wellbeing and identify specific issues to address. The survey can either be with a specific year group or with the whole school. The survey is not essential and is carried out as an added extra to the programme at an additional cost.
The survey sets a starting point from which progress can be measured and allows a more proactive approach to delivery to help staff understand the focus needed. At the end of the project the survey can be repeated to identify the progress that has been made.
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INSPIRING AND DYNAMIC SCHOOL WORKSHOPS FOR PUPILS
Laughology pupil workshops are fun and engaging. They provide students with the tools to develop emotional intelligence, happiness, confidence and self-belief.
BECOMING BRAVE AND GREAT
Exploring what brave and great actually mean and how to ‘become’ brave and great.
Each child explores in a fun and interactive way...
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FLIP IT! KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
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IMPROVISATION AND STAND-UP COMEDY
Inspire your students to find their voices, become creative thinkers and improve their communication and writing skills. Our comedy and improvisation workshops...
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This introductory workshop will encourage children to think and feel better about life and make better choices. It gives them skills to develop their emotional intelligence and become happier children...
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P4C - PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN
This session focuses on thinking skills and uses P4C (philosophy for children) inquiry techniques to enable students to think deeply about school, resilience, aspirations and goals...
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THE AMAZING BRAIN
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GETTING READY FOR SATs
Laughology Sats workshops for teachers and students, are delivered in schools throughout the UK. Our workshops use the science of happiness to help KS1 and KS2 primary school students cope with exam stress...
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GROWTH MINDSET FOR BETTER SCHOOLS
Many schools and educators are now using the growth mindset theory to improve the performance of pupils and help them achieve their full potential.
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School conference keynotes
We can work with any size audience and will guarantee laughter as part of your conference, dinner speech or motivational session.
We can deliver a conference address on a topic suggested below and we can ensure it matches to the theme of your conference, just let us know what you would like us to deliver and we will work around it.
People at conference smilingAll sessions below are suitable for primary and secondary schools. We will speak with you about your conference or school’s needs, and we will design the themes or sessions around your requirements.
We also offer conference packages which can consist of a variety of workshops throughout your event or a whole conference address plus break-out sessions. Do speak to us about what you want we can help with the set-up design and delivery to make your conference unique, fun and memorable.
Our speakers not only have a background in comedy, they also understand the psychology of behaviour and motivation; we can work with any size audience and will guarantee laughter as part of your conference, dinner speech or motivational session.
We will work with you to design a bespoke presentation around any topic or aim, but just to give you a starting point here are some of our hot topics.
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Empowering students to take responsibility for their own learning in a fun and creative way increases…
The evolving role of headship means the work of head teachers is ever expanding and demanding. Resilience, creativity and flexible thinking are…
The current structure of the educational system values academic intelligence which does not mean that...
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