What's included?

  • Science of Happiness

    You'll develop a deeper understanding of the science of happiness and positive psychology.

  • Latest Research

    The training shares the latest research and evidence of what works to improve wellbeing.

  • Practical ideas

    You'll take away lots of practical ideas to help you embed wellbeing to benefit your whole school community.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Staff wellbeing

    • Introduction

    • Why your wellbeing matters

    • Measure your wellbeing

    • Managing stress

    • Creating healthier habits

    • Nourishing vs depleting

    • Nourishing v depleting activity

    • Perspective

    • Perfectionism vs being 'good enough'

    • The power of laughter

    • Summary

  • 3

    Building positive relationships

    • Why relationships matter

    • The social brain

    • Attachment-based teaching

    • Creating tribal classrooms

    • What do children think of tribal classrooms?

    • We are crew

    • Building belonging

    • Teachers change lives

    • Positive relationships summary

  • 4

    The Power of Kindness

    • Introduction

    • Hardwired for kindness

    • Doing good feels good

    • Doing good does us good

    • FUNdraising

    • Noticing kindness

    • Befriending meditation

    • Befriending meditation script

    • Acts of Kindness

    • Creating a culture of kindness and lesson summary

  • 5


    • Introduction & what mindfulness isn't

    • What mindfulness is

    • Mind wandering

    • Mindful teacher - starting with you

    • Online mindfulness course for adults

    • Mindfulness - the evidence

    • Short mindfulness practices

    • Mindfulness books, apps and summary

    • Further reading

  • 6

    Developing optimism & rewiring the negativity bias

    • Introduction & the negativity bias

    • Positive emotions

    • Blind optimism vs realistic optimism

    • Explanatory styles

    • Priming

    • Reframing

    • Summary

  • 7

    The importance of physical activity

    • Introduction

    • We are designed to move

    • We are not moving enough

    • Movement boosts brain power

    • Movement makes us happier

    • Active schools

    • Summary

    • Further reading - why movement is the key to student wellbeing and learning

  • 8

    The Stretch Zone

    • Introduction

    • The Stretch Zone

    • Stress and Struggle

    • Perseverance and Resilience

    • Neuroplasticity

    • Growth mindset

    • Feedback and Praise

    • Is the Feedback You’re Giving Students Helping or Hindering?

    • The Mouse in the Maze and Summary

  • 9

    Flow and Strengths

    • Introduction to flow and strengths

    • What is flow?

    • The Flow-rich classroom

    • Flow activities

    • Character strengths

    • Strength spotting

    • Teacher strengths

    • Strengths survey

    • 340 Ways to Use Your Strengths

    • Flow and Strengths summary


Adrian Bethune

Adrian Bethune is a teacher in the UK, the lead author of the Oxford University Press International Curriculum for Wellbeing and founder of Teachappy. He was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the Action For Happiness event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama. Adrian is author of the award-winning Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018) and co-author with Dr Emma Kell of A Little Guide to Teacher Wellbeing and Self-care (Sage, 2020). He speaks and trains teachers and school leaders internationally, and lives in the UK with his family.

Pricing options

Whether you are an individual wanting to access the training, or a school wanting access for all of your staff, we have pricing options to meet your needs. If you would like access for several schools, or a single small school (less than 150 pupils), please drop us a line at [email protected] to discuss price options.