MEET THE TEAM

Liz Robson

CEO & Founder

Liz is the CEO, Founder and Creative Director at Worth-it and is a leading Positive Psychologist and Educator. She has been developing evidence-based, co-produced early prevention programmes for young people within schools, the NHS and local authorities for over 12 years.

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FULL INTRODUCTION

Liz is a leading expert in Positive Education in the UK. She has developed several pioneering approaches to early intervention and prevention through her professional practice and research. As a practicing Positive and Organisational Psychologist, she has led Worth-it in its work supporting hundreds of schools and organisations and over 3,000 professionals develop the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.

Liz was amongst the first people in the world to obtain the dual MSc Qualification in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP). Her masters project research, exploring how Coaching and Positive Psychology can help vulnerable young people prevent mental health problems was published in 2016. She has since built on this work in developing whole school and organisational approaches to preventing mental health problems in children and young people. Within whole school or organisational approaches.

Liz has developed a specialism in teacher and staff wellbeing and organisational change. She was a Teaching Fellow in Organisational Psychology and Behaviour and Module Leader on the BPS Accredited, MSc Work Psychology Module in Wellbeing and Work, at Loughborough University.

She currently guest lectures at Nottingham Trent University PGCE on teacher and pupil mental wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University Masters in Ethical Leadership in Education. She previously taught at Bucks New University Masters in Positive Psychology and UEL's Masters in Coaching Psychology. She was also a founding member of the advisory board for the Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools for 3 years and contributed to the creation of the Mental Health Award for schools.

Liz has over 12 years’ experience applying Coaching Psychology, gaining a PG Certificate in Coaching in 2009. She is also a qualified careers advisor, with an extensive background in learning, training and development, and preventing social disadvantage.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Positive Education
  • Positive Psychology Coaching
  • Practicing Positive and Organisational Psychologist
  • Strengths-based approaches
  • Teaching Positive and Organisational Psychology in Higher Education
  • Teaching Pupil and Teacher Wellbeing for ITT and PGCE Students both school-direct and University
  • Organisational Change
  • Experienced Coach and Trainer
  • Whole school/organisational approaches to positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Staff and teacher wellbeing
  • Qualified careers advisor
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Wellbeing content creation

PASSIONS AND INTERESTS

Liz is passionate about system transformation, using applied Positive Psychology and Coaching approaches to create real and sustainable change. Her main areas of passion is supporting sustainable strategies that prevent mental health problems. She is highly creative and is motivated to take theory from the field of positive psychology and make it accessible and engaging to children and young people and professionals that support them.

She loves nothing more than creating content, courses, programmes and resources. She founded Worth-it with the aim to collaborate with schools and organisations to develop embedded approaches, that help children and young people prevent mental health problems and promote wellbeing through the use of practical and tangible tools and activities.

Liz am also passionate about contributing to the research and evidence base of Positive Psychology and Positive Education, regularly engaging in research projects, writing and speaking on these topics.

Other passions include social entrepreneurship, especially in the creation of online and digital social enterprises that make a sustained and large impact.

Professional MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • Association for Coaching

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Robson-Kelly, L. (2018). ‘Is positive education too positive for the UK? Do we require a more nuanced approach to positive education in the UK?’, European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 2, 4, 1-5.
  2. Robson-Kelly, L., & Ellis, K. (2018). Enhancing learning through Positive Education, wellbeing and resilience. Impact, the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching. 1. Online.
  3. Robson-Kelly, L., & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). What does coaching have to offer to young people at risk of developing mental health problems? A grounded theory study. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(1), 75-92.

Recent contributions from Liz

April 18, 2024

Wellbeing Hub: Supporting Mental Health in Schools

Wellbeing Hubs in secondary schools provide a fantastic opportunity to proactively support student mental health and wellbeing needs.

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April 18, 2024

Evaluating the Future of the Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme in Your School

What happens after the initial 3 years of Wellbeing Ambassadors? This article explains the options for the renewing the programme.

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April 16, 2024

How to remain focused on the overall goal of whole school mental health as a Mental Health Lead.

Being a Senior Mental Health Lead means a lot of juggling. Here are some ideas to help you focus on your school wellbeing goals.

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April 16, 2024

3 Ways to Deal with Change as a School Mental Health Lead

Here are our 3 ways you can help your school deal with change and support the development of mental health and wellbeing at the same time.

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April 16, 2024

SMHL and struggling to implement changes to school mental health and wellbeing?

Are you a new in post or recently trained SMHL that is struggling to make the impact you would like to school mental health? Here's why.

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April 5, 2024

How to access funding for our DfE assured Wellbeing Club programme

We are delighted to announce: Wellbeing Club has been quality assured as an assured provider of training for Senior Mental Health Leads!

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April 5, 2024

Wellbeing Training for Schools: Introducing Wellbeing Club

Learn about Wellbeing Club is and how it can support you to improve the wellbeing and mental health of students and pupils in your setting

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April 5, 2024

Getting started with Wellbeing Club

This guide for new members joining Wellbeing Club helps know what to expect when they first join and make the most out of the programme.

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April 4, 2024

Coaching in Schools: Unlocking Student Success and Wellbeing

Providing Coaching in your school can be an effective way of developing student wellbeing and resilience and academic success.

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March 20, 2024

What's the difference between coaching and counselling and how do you choose which is best for a young person?

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist and Coach can often be used interchangeably. This can cause confusion.

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March 12, 2024

Academic coaching for young people

Coaching is a practical way to support young people with their personal development and academic achievements. This article explores how.

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February 27, 2024

Enrolled on the Coach Training Course: What happens next?

This article provides practical information about what will happen next now you have enrolled on the Worth-it Coach Training course.

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February 27, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Worth-it Coach Training

Get your questions answered and find out more about our Worth-it Coach Training Course by reading this in-depth article

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February 5, 2024

Mental Health and Bullying In Schools: A Proactive and Preventative Approach

This article explores proactive and preventive ways to preventing bullying an integral part of any whole school approach to mental health.

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February 5, 2024

Why Positive Relationships are Essential for Improving Behaviour and Wellbeing at School

Positive relationships with peers, teachers, and other adults can make a massive difference in young people's behaviour and wellbeing.

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December 15, 2023

Teacher Wellbeing Toolkit: Helping Your School Tackle Staff Stress

Understand how our teacher wellbeing toolkit can help your school or college tackle staff stress and build wellbeing.

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December 15, 2023

Joining the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit: A Sustainable Strategy for Teacher Wellbeing

The staff wellbeing toolkit provides a sutaibale way of adressing teacher stress. Find out what happens when you join the programme.

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November 30, 2023

Our Guide to Positive Psychology in Education

At Worth-it, we know positive education and positive psychology have a vital role to play in helping children and young people flourish.

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November 30, 2023

Why is mental health and wellbeing important for schools?

Developing wellbeing in children and young people is about supporting them to be self-aware enough to find wellbeing strategies.

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November 22, 2023

A wellbeing framework for mental health lessons

Looking for ideas for mental health lessons. Our wellbeing framework helps you plan how to teach lessons on mental health and wellbeing.

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October 20, 2023

Strategies for Supporting Teacher, Staff and School Wellbeing and Resilience During Change

Supporting the development of staff resilience is important maintaining wellbeing levels and preventing the onset of mental health problems.

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October 18, 2023

Improve and plan your whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing

Our priority is to help SMHLs develop action plans that improve school mental health and wellbeing. This article explains how.

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October 13, 2023

How to apply for DfE Funding for Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Find out how to apply for the £1200 training grant to train your senior mental health lead.

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October 13, 2023

Mental Health Awareness Day: Wellbeing Ideas for Schools

Practical ideas and activities for pupils and staff to share on World Mental Health Awareness day on the 10th October.

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October 9, 2023

Concerns you might have about joining the Wellbeing Ambassadors programme

Are you considering joining the Wellbeing Ambassadors programme but feeling unsure if it's right for you? We want to elleviate your concerns

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September 29, 2023

How to Help a Teenager with Anxiety at School

Find out some practical suggestions to help teenagers with anxiety engage and cope at school

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September 28, 2023

Why Becoming a Certified Youth Life Coach is the Best Decision You'll Ever Make

Are you looking to make an impact in young people's lives? Find out why becoming a certified youth life coach can change your life.

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September 14, 2023

Youth Coach Training: What Will I Learn?

Find out the details of the skills, tools and knoweldge you will gain on our Worth-it Coach Training Course.

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September 5, 2023

Understanding opportunities for prevention in schools

You may feel like you are firefighting to deal with the mental health problems, this article explores how early prevention is the solution

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September 4, 2023

Supporting Children with Anxiety: 8 Practical Strategies for Teachers

Anxiety can have a negative effect on learning. Discover practical ways you can support anxious children at school.

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September 4, 2023

Prioritising Teacher Wellbeing: Ideas for Inset Training in Your School

Ensure your next staff or teacher wellbeing INSET day is a success with our helpful tips and practical ideas.

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September 4, 2023

What is Wellbeing Coaching for Young People?

This article helps you consider coaching as a way of supporting young people to develop wellbeing and resilience.

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May 25, 2023

Wellbeing Ambassadors Primary: Programme Overview

Our in-depth guide for new Wellbeing Ambassador Primary Programme facilitators

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May 24, 2023

Do we really need Wellbeing Ambassadors in our school?

Considering our Wellbeing Ambassadors but not sure if it is something you will need or suit your school? Read this article to find out.

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May 24, 2023

9 challenges Senior Mental Health Leads face in developing school wellbeing

Developing school wellbeing can be met with resistance, preparing and mitigating for this enables Senior Mental Health Leads to succeed

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May 24, 2023

Introduction to the role of Designated Mental Health Lead

The role of Senior Mental Health Lead is new to many schools. Find out more about the role of a Mental Health Lead.

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May 24, 2023

What is a Senior Mental Health Lead?

Want to know more about the role of a Senior Mental Health lead or looking for ways to get started in your new SMHL role.

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May 18, 2023

What are the Benefits of Applying Character Strengths in Schools?

When children and young people use their strengths and if developed correctly can have a significant positive impact on their lives.

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May 12, 2023

Wellbeing Ambassadors: A Guide for New Facilitators

This guide for new Wellbeing Ambassador Facilitators helps know what to expect when they first join and make the most out of the programme.

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April 21, 2023

Wellbeing Champions in Schools

Wellbeing Champions can provide support and guidance to pupils or staff, and create an atmosphere of wellbeing and positive mental health.

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April 4, 2023

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Schools

Mental health promotion involves creating and enhancing environments that support the development of mental wellbeing and resilience.

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March 30, 2023

Peer Mentoring for Pupil Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Ambassadors programme provides a unique opportunity to apply peer mentoring strategies that improve wellbeing.

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February 15, 2023

Let's Connect: Ideas for Children's Mental Health Week

Children's Mental Health Week 2023, focuses on the theme of developing positive relationships and meaningful connections.

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January 27, 2023

Why we developed a Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme for primary schools

We're looking for primary schools to help us develop the wellbeing ambassadors programme to meet the needs of primary pupils

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January 26, 2023

6 Ideas for School Mental Health and Wellbeing Displays: Promoting School Wellbeing

Creating a wellbeing display is a great way to start a conversation and build awareness about mental health and wellbeing in your school.

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January 20, 2023

Wellbeing activities to share with parents

A practical way to support parents is to share the same strategies that you are cultivating as a school inside and outside of the classroom.

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January 20, 2023

8 Activities for Developing Mental Health in your Pupils

8 practial positive mental health activities that help schools to develop wellbeing for pupils and students

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November 26, 2022

Impact of loneliness on young people's mental health

In 2015 ACEVO launched 'Coming in from the Cold' – a report on loneliness among young people in London.

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November 22, 2022

Tips for becoming a trauma-informed school

This article explores how being trauma informed supports a whole school approach to wellbeing

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November 14, 2022

How strengths coaching helps young people develop wellbeing and resilience

Developing strengths awareness and use can improve young people's wellbeing and resilience through coaching

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November 4, 2022

Building Resilience in Young People

Our practical guide to supporting young people to develop resilience and positive coping.

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November 4, 2022

How Coaching Helps Young People to Develop Wellbeing and Resilience

Coaching provides an effective solution for supporting young people develop wellbeing and resilience.

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November 2, 2022

Providing Support for Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health during COVID-19

The Department for Education has suggested that schools plan for the increased mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils. We want to help.

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November 2, 2022

A Mental Health Toolkit for Schools: How to Support Students' Wellbeing

What do you need to include in your mental health toolkit, how can a wellbeing framework help you develop school mental health

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November 2, 2022

How Student Councils Can Promote Peer Wellbeing With Mentoring

Learn how your student counsil can support school mental health and wellbeing through peer mentoring

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November 2, 2022

Free Mental Health Resources: Essential Guide for Schools

How can you know which mental health and wellbeing resources will be helpful to use, or tell if they are any good at all.

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September 10, 2022

How to use monitoring and evaluation to support the mental health of children and young people

Senior mental health leads are responsible for using monitoring and evaluation to identify and support pupil mental health needs

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September 10, 2022

Youth Coaching for Success

Coaching helps young people to become more successful in life. This article explores how and what we really mean by success.

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August 27, 2022

5 Steps for Developing School Mental Health and Wellbeing

We have developed 5 simple steps that are key for starting a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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July 25, 2022

Wellbeing Strategies for Schools

Through our extensive support work we have developed a number of strategies that support schools develop wellbeing.

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