Our Guide to Positive Psychology in Education

Here at Worth-it we know positive education and positive psychology have a vital role to play in helping children and young people flourish. However, if you’re still a bit unsure about what positive psychology is, and how it impacts and creates positive education, we thought we’d help you out!

Positive Psychology is the empirical study of meaning, success, and wellbeing. There are many areas of research within positive psychology that are relevant to helping schools achieve outcomes and wellbeing. The application of these psychological sciences increases mental wellbeing, as well as guarding against mental illness. With our positive education and positive psychology approach, you will have all the positive psychology know-how to empower young people, children, and schools to learn and develop strategies that improve wellbeing and achieve their full potential.

How do we use Positive Psychology in Education?

At Worth-it-projects, positive education is at the heart of what we do. We are big advocators of its practice and want to share its knowledge with you. However, often the experts say it better than anyone else can. That’s why we want to show this quote from The Oxford Review of Education, written by Martin E.P. Seligman, Randal M. Ernst, Jane Gillham, Karen Reivich, and Mark Linkins:

“Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness. The high prevalence worldwide of depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for happiness should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to schoolchildren.”

So, how do we use positive education? Well, our FIRST programme is our original, innovative, co-produced programme that’s unique in its combination of evidence-based coaching psychology and positive positive psychology. The programme is applied in schools or the community and provides an evidence-based early intervention programme that prevents mental health problems. Young people who are considered to be at risk of mental health issues are targeted with our fun, positive, distinctive programme as a prevention strategy. Our belief is that we are the only voluntary/community sector using this approach.

It’s this pioneering positive education that aims to stop the development of mental illness in its tracks. The programme is widely enjoyed by our young people and has been shown to produce staggering results, demonstrating the programme significantly reduce levels of stress, anxiety, and depression in young people.

Evidence-Based Positive Psychology in Education?

Worth-it is the only organisation to work with ‘at risk’ young people and NEET’s, using these positive psychology and positive education methodologies. Our CEO Liz Robson-Kelly is a leading practitioner and researcher in the feild of positive psychology and education, pioneering this approach in the UK.  She leads the organisation and team of experienced coaches and consultants who are fully trained in evidence-based positive psychology. The team deliver interventions, work with schools and support young people to flourish through both individual and large-scale intervention programmes. We have developed our approach to provide several NHS funded positive education early intervention programmes for young people, these include peer support programmes, whole school approaches and targeted small group or one to one interventions, all underpinned by positive psychology approaches.

Providing Positive Psychology in Schools

We have evolved our positive psychology offer and now support schools to develop whole school approaches to wellbeing using positive education. When thinking about supplying positive psychology in schools, it’s central to base it around schools wants and needs, linking these into school outcomes. We have seen from a number of schools we have worked with, that applying positive education has a positive impact on other school outcomes, such as achievement and attendance.

Contact us to Develop a Positive Psychology Programme

Want to find out more about the ways in which to give the young people you work with the helping hand they need. Contact us if you’re interested in running one of our innovative early intervention programmes or develop a positive psychology programme for your school. We believe positive psychology in education is vital in allowing your kids to flourish.

Phone 0300 323 3230 or write to us here.

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