Creating happy-centred schools with our INSET days
September is one of our favourite months because we head out into schools, armed with Curly Wurlys, to deliver INSET day sessions. It all felt a bit extra special this year as we were able to see real-life humans, rather than just faces on a Zoom screen. Nothing beats the smell of a freshly varnished hall floor or the sound of a dozen staplers putting final touches to display boards.
Unsurprisingly, for many schools, the theme for this academic year is resilience. So, we were delighted to send Stephanie Davies, Sarah Creegan and Laura Drury to schools across the country to deliver our FLIP-it Thinking sessions. During which, teachers and support staff were given tools and techniques from our FLIP-it model to develop coping strategies, manage stress and build resilience.
Victoria Maitland visited two schools to deliver our Creating a Happy-Centred School INSET session, with tips on how to promote happiness as a learning and development tool, as well as ideas to aid confidence-building and learning success. Each school was left with an emotional intelligence ‘toolkit’ to help children and staff learn, engage and achieve. It also gave them a taster of our Happy-Centred School PSHE programme too.
Finally, Dave Keeling led a session with a school on wellbeing, which touched on the psychology of humour and laughter, as well as strategies for focusing mental energy and ways to avoid behaviour and thinking that causes stress.
So it’s been a busy start to this academic year, but one we’ve thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re thinking about your INSET days for next year and would like us to be involved, get in touch today. We only have a couple of slots left for January/February, so book now to avoid disappointment.
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