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Improving the mental health and wellbeing of pupils through positive psychology

Julie Hurst is a Positive Psychologist who has worked with global organisations on increasing resilience, wellbeing and performance for more than 20 years.

She founded Pebble to work with schools to create a community where both staff and pupils flourish and thrive.

Pebble’s Positive Education programmes are firmly rooted in the science of Positive Psychology. They equip staff to bring this to life through a series of interlocking practical and enjoyable class activities, and engaging discussions topics that enhance wellbeing, happiness and resilience.

From neuroscience to understanding emotions each element of the courses helps children develop a greater understanding of how they work, and how to feel at their best. They also help children deal with adversity and bounce back from difficult situations more quickly.

Everyday Magic – 3-day intensive – (approved by the British Psychological Society)

Schools today do not just aim for students to achieve their academic potential. They also aim to develop them as emotionally resilient, happy, responsible and ultimately productive members of society. This means preparing students with life skills such as: grit, optimism, resilience, growth mindset, engagement, focus and positive wellbeing among many others.

This programme allows the teaching staff to learn these skills together creating the greatest impact immediately.

Among the topics covered are:

  • How the brain works in relation to learning and memory, stress, worry, confidence, compassion, calmness and flourishing
  • Developing focus and concentration
  • Dealing with big feelings
  • Facing challenges and learning from mistakes
  • Creating self-compassion and dealing with the inner critic
  • Developing grit and a growth mindset
  • Mental agility and quick thinking
  • Character strengths

From the outset the course emphasises applying the skills in a practical way. Sessions are engaging and participatory, with plenty of practise and discussion. By the end of the programme teachers will be able to structure bespoke Positive Education lessons as well as blend the skills and techniques into everyday teaching. Each delegate receives a certificate approved by the BPS.

Normal cost £2,400. For SAS members £2,200.

Positive Education bitesize

Bitesize programmes introduce schools to the concepts and practice of Positive Education and provide some practical exercises to use immediately. They are fun, participatory and packed full of evidence-based tools ready for the classroom.

1 hr – £220 (SAS members £200)

½ day – £500 (SAS members £450)

1 day £800 (SAS members £700)

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