A low-cost, transformative re-framing of how we view children within an education setting.
Some lovely examples of collective care through peer massage and no pressure creative time.
As the deputy head said “this school is often called the ‘last chance’ for these kids. But it’s not. It’s the first chance”.
In our Happy Schools programme we introduce good habits of mind and body to the children. They start to get a sense of their own power and ability to master and shift their feelings, emotions and headspace.
Between 21st Feb and 29th March 2012 we have delivered the first ever Happy Schools Programme.
This was a pilot and we are hugely grateful to the year 4 teachers and children at Glenfrome Primary and Hannah Moore Primary for taking part in it.
We have learnt many lessons each week which have helped us to refine not only the programme content but how we deliver the material as a team, what the young people respond to and how they respond to it and the role of the school and teaching staff in supporting the children through the programme and taking on the learning as a whole school.
We are currently in the Easter break which is giving us a chance to take a breath and evaluate the programme week by week, to look at it’s brilliant points and it’s challenges.
It has certainly been an amazing and eye-opening six weeks and the young people we’ve worked with have been engaging and insightful.
To be continued…
Mark Williamson form Action for Happiness responds to the first results of the government’s new initiative to measure our levels of wellbeing.