"In a world where managing our wellbeing has become that little bit more difficult – innovation is required."
The big picture
Working in a school is hard – and the adults need to be able to look after themselves. This workshop is a giant step towards taking personal responsibility for your own happiness and wellbeing. Staff will discover how to be their very best self on a consistently daily basis – and give the children in school the most incredible role models to learn from.
We will explore the secrets of positive psychology, learn how to form new habits and shed old ones, and how to tune our mindset for positivity. This workshop will energise staff to raise the bar in how they support children.
My aim is plain and simple: to inspire you. No big academic words, no jargon and no nonsense. I want your school community leaving my session feeling invigorated, refreshed and able to live their very best life every day at school and at home. It could even be the start of a wellbeing revolution…
Who is it for?
I use my expertise as a teacher, speaker, coach, consultant and writer to help all members of school staff learn how to take responsibility for their wellbeing and be positively well-placed for future challenges.
Unlocking Wellbeing is for anyone who wants to:
Understand what wellbeing is and is not.
Feel consistently more positive on a daily basis.
Be able to thrive in a changing and challenging world.
What is it like?
This is no ordinary training and I am no ordinary trainer. With over thirteen years of teaching experience with ten as a senior leader, I know the priorities and challenges schools face. These sessions are exactly what I craved for as a headteacher. I recognised that nobody was providing what schools truly needed – so I designed it myself.
Delivered in my own unique style which has been described as “motivational, funny, eye-opening and totally engaging” – I will lift your staff to heights they have never been to before.
My pioneering sessions come from years of leading a school with this principle firmly placed at the centre and threaded through every aspect of school life.
Everyone has the potential to be positive and feel happy. Sometimes our innate sense of wellbeing is locked inside us and we need a reminder of where the keys are to help us to flourish.
We start by taking a look at what wellbeing, positivity and happiness isn’t. We explore what negativity is, where it comes from, why it exists and how we can deal with it. Then we turn our attention to the habits and routines in our life that we perform daily and automatically. Staff are challenged to stop, think, pause and reflect on whether there could be a different (better) way.
We turn our attention to stress, why we need it, what the difference between good and fake stress is, and the difference between a mountain and a molehill. Then we explore what being exceptional ‘costs’ (HINT: it costs less than you think!).
Then we move on to understanding our impact, how we can flourish, and how our internal world can create an external world where we are full of vigour, vitality and energy. Through some cage rattling messages, we explore the difference between ‘being alive’ and ‘living’, and how our time in the world to make an impact is limited and life shouldn’t be wasted.
After that we learn how gratitude is the foundation for happiness and how living a life of appreciation rather than expectation can change the way we feel about everything. We discover how and why so many people are accidentally wishing their lives away to the next half-term holiday and what we can do to reframe this mindset.
We learn about the relationship between thoughts and feelings – and discover that positivity is also a habit. After some discussion on how our language and vocabulary choices influence the culture we live and work in, we find out if we are a driver or passenger in life.
We learn how we can get a better perspective of the challenges we face in life, how emotions can hijack our behaviours with sometimes disastrous consequences, and how we can learn over time to manage our internal emotional hijackers.
After lunch, we explore the ‘Ten to Zen’. Ten strategies that can help us survive and thrive in changing, challenging and uncertain times.
They involve botheredness, kindness, how to be a superhero, seagulls, rubbish trucks, a family of pigs, managing our digital diet, what we can learn from the Ritz Hotel, and the power of our relationships with others.
What people say
Charlie King, Headteacher,
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary
“Your enthusiasm is inspiring!”
Jo Jelves, Headteacher,
Chris Dobson, Headteacher,
St James CE Academy
“Made an impact on my own thinking.”
Mark Wilkes, Headteacher,
Clare Butcher, Headteacher,
“Please come back soon!”
Sarah Folkard, Headteacher,
“A very inspiring session full of laughs, positivity and practical tips and ideas! Thank you.”
Sarah Cockshott, Executive Principal,
St John’s and St Peter’s CofE Academy, Lichfield
“I learned how small changes can make a huge difference to yourself and others. A wonderful course – empowering, energetic, and uplifting.”
Philomena Egan, Headteacher,
St Mary’s Catholic School, Chingford
“Really enjoyable! It was great to remember what impact a positive attitude can have on all.”
Katie McCann, Head of School,
Four Elms Primary School, Kent
“The course emphasised for me the benefit of arriving at a school with an ‘A1’ positive attitude towards all members of the school community. I thought Simon’s technique was an excellent mix between the serious subject nature and put over in a humorous way. His enthusiasm is infectious.”
Michael James, Chairman of
Milton Keynes Music Co-Operative