We got the Ofsted call Tuesday after the Happy Centred School Inset day and your words about framing language and thinking positively really resonated with me. Such good timing as it helped me so much.
Children across all year groups at Kaizen have been positively influenced by the Happy-Centred School project. The weekly lessons enable children to think deeply about themselves and ways in which they can develop further.
‘We saw a huge improvement in our children's perseverance, resilience and confidence when learning and tackling new things, including SATs papers!’
In a recent international comparative study of children’s subjective wellbeing in 16 countries, eight year olds in England ranked 13 for satisfaction with life as a whole. They also scored poorly for school experience.
We know that children’s mental health services need improving and that more work needs to be done, as a society, in terms of prevention (Mental Health Taskforce Strategy).
Clearly, there is a pressing need for primary school pupils to develop lifelong strategies, which will positively affect their happiness levels and improve their ability to be successful learners. That’s where the HCS PSHE programme comes in...
It is flexible, easy-to-use and, most importantly, it is fun. It uses popular culture and a host of games to reinforce the messages and to ensure that it is relevant to today’s young people.
Happy, interested, enthused 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.
Laughology has received tremendously positive feedback from existing Happy-Centred Schools. Within two years of adopting the programme, one school saw improved standards across a variety of areas, with a 20% increase in Key Stage 2 SATs results. The Head attributed this, in the main, to the improved self-confidence and coping skills of the Year 6 pupils.
The underlying principles behind HCS are drawn from Laughology’s own research, as well as research by academics such as Dr Martin Seligman, a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, and Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick.
There are a host of additional extras which can be purchased, alongside the HCS programme. For example:
Why not recruit the services of one of the Laughology team to introduce the programme and enthuse staff?
Or you could book a day’s INSET on Wellbeing; Growth Mindset; FLIP it thinking or the Amazing Brain.
Alongside this, Laughology runs workshop sessions for children, which complement the programme and bring it further to life.
To enable whole school targets, and to measure impact, one of the Laughology team could support you by undertaking an independent audit of happiness levels within the school. This would support your judgement of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
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.