A scientifically-researched, evidence-based primary PSHE programme.

Watch the pupils of Kaizen Primary School, Newham, talk about what being part of a Happy-Centred School means to them.

Happy-Centred Schools Programme is a scientifically-researched, evidence-based primary PSHE programme.

The Happy-Centered Schools programe will enhance the personal, social, emotional and economic wellbeing and happiness of your whole school community, as well as developing and promoting effective mental health strategies for pupils.

Developed by former headteachers and industry experts in psychology, motivation, engagement and behaviour change.

Free downloadable Coping Skills module lesson plans & resources

A sample of lesson plans and resources from the Happy-Centred School Programme for you to try in the classroom

Teachers Guide

All years
How to use the Happy-Centred School Programme in your school

Foundation year

Lesson 2

Can I change how my body acts when I’m worried or angry, to show that I am coping?

Year 1

Lesson 5

Do I know how to feel better and help others feel better when they are worried?

Year 2

Lesson 5

What advice can I take from a superhero, to help myself and others cope?

Year 3

Lesson 2
How can my coping skills help me learn?

Year 4

Lesson 2
What coping skills can I use in school?

Year 5

Lesson 4
What is the importance of having good coping skills?

Year 6

Lesson 4
How will I cope with secondary transition?
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The benefits of being a Happy-Centred School

Pricing & materials


  • Lesson Plans:
    6 lesson plans, for every year group from Foundation Stage to Year 6, for each theme. These include end-of-theme assessment activities
  • P4C:
    Philosophy 4 Children advice and suggested questions
  • Resources:
    Over 200 pages of additional resources for each theme and individual lessons
  • Teachers’ guide:
    Teachers’ guide and appendix (with an option to buy additional copies)
  • Format:
    All materials in downloadable print-ready PDF format

Cost per pupil

  • Up to 150 pupils:
  • Up to 250 pupils:
  • Up to 350 pupils:
  • Up to 450 pupils:
  • Over 450 pupils:
Discount available for larger schools
Minimum charge for smaller schools is £750 
Call 0844 800 1701 for further details or use the contact form at the bottom of this page

A small sample fom the hundreds of resources available to support the full Happy Centred-School programme lesson plans


The HCS programme has been proven to:

  • Impact positively on whole school cultures
  • Raise individual happiness
  • Encourage greater resilience and boost self-esteem
  • Enable teachers to measure progress in PSHE
  • Raise academic standards

We're feeling the love!

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!’
Rachel Nye, Headteacher -Tolworth Junior School

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.

HCS is based on neuroscience and psychology

The scientific study of happiness has gained traction in the past decade. The HCS programme is underpinned by data and results from studies into happiness, from the fields of neuroscience and psychology.

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.


Additional Support

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.

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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