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Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for Schools

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The Keys to Happier Living Toolkit is an engaging, accessible and evidence-based programme to promote the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children aged 7-11

The Toolkit is based on the Action for Happiness Ten Keys to Happier Living framework and a pilot project showed that it led to significant improvements in wellbeing relative to a control group. The toolkit has also been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark.

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The Keys to Happier Living Resource Pack for schools consists of:

  • Toolkit for Teachers: full teaching materials covering an initial assembly and 11 subsequent lessons, with extensive downloadable resources & ideas for ongoing reinforcement (£50 each)
  • Journal for Children: each child receives their own journal to help embed learning (£4 each)
  • Journal for Adults: to help staff embed the ideas in their own lives too (£3.50 each)
  • Information Leaflet: for Parents and Carers about the Keys to Happier Living (£0.50 each)

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"A fantastic toolkit which has been shown to bring considerable benefits. Teachers will especially appreciate the huge array of ideas and creative resources. This program fills a vitally important gap in our schools and I highly recommend it" ~ Sir Anthony Seldon

"Provides a wide variety of stimulating and creative ideas for developing skills that support happier living and wellbeing into the lives of pupils and parents/carers" ~ PSHE Association

The toolkit has been developed by Peter Harper (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) and Val Payne (Teacher and Education Consultant) with support from Action for Happiness.


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Feedback about the toolkit

The toolkit has received positive feedback from parents, children and teachers:

Parents' views:

  • "My daughter came home with her happier living journal and I would just like to compliment it. Wellbeing is so key. I love the fact that my children are being taught such things at school"

Children's views:

  • It was very helpful and helped me in my life"
  • "I think all schools should teach these lessons"

Teachers' views

  • "The sessions have given the children the chance to think about the things they can do in their everyday life to improve their own and other's lives"
  • "The children really enjoyed having time to reflect on each of the keys. They linked them to their own lives and it offered a good opportunity for them to be thankful for all they have"

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The Keys to Happier Living toolkit has received the PSHE Association Quality Mark indicating that it meets the requirements of their ten principles for effective Personal, Social and Health Education.

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Helping children thrive

Schools have a vital role in helping children develop the capabilities to lead happy lives

Thriving schools

Recent decades have seen big increases in the proportion of young people with emotional and behavioural issues. Mental health problems are increasingly prevalent, with 20% of children experiencing such issues each year. These problems affect other areas of a child's life and also increase the likelihood of mental health difficulties later on in adult life.

Schools experience the day-to-day reality of these issues but are also vital in combating them and promoting good emotional health. Our vision is for a movement of schools placing happiness and well-being at the heart of their ethos and culture, and proactively sharing their approaches with others.