5 Modules of Summer Programme

MODULE 1 - Introduction to Well-Being in the Primary School

This module introduces the concept of positive psychology in the context of the Well-Being in the Primary School: Guidelines for the Promotion of Mental Health (DES 2015). It explores how Positive Psychology can enhance and support positive pupil and teacher well-being.

Participants will be enabled to:
•Explore DES Guidelines -Well-Being in the Primary School (2015)
•Explore the concept of Positive Psychology- the science of well-being including examples of Positive Psychology as applied to education (Positive Education)
•Explore the key attributes of successful Positive Education programmes
•Explore how Positive Psychology can enhance teacher well-being
•Explore contributing factors to teacher well-being and links between teacher and pupil well-being
•Examine the link between well-being and successful school outcomes. Introduction to Well-Being in the Primary School

MODULE 2: Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow

This module focuses on the concepts of Character Strengths, Positive Emotions and Flow. It explores how Character Strengths Positive Emotions and Flow can be incorporated into the classroom and how they enhance and support well-being.

Participants will be enabled to:

Explore and reflect on research showing the link between Character Strengths and well-being
•Identify and reflect on own Character Strengths using VIA website
•Explore and reflect on research showing the importance of Positive Emotions and Flow to well-being
•Examine how Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow can be linked to the SPHE curriculum
•Explore and reflect on how Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow can be integrated across the curriculum
•Explore and reflect on application of Character Strengths, Positive Emotions and Flow to enhance personal well-being

MODULE 3: Resilience and Mindfulness

This module will explore the concept of resilience. It will also explore emotion -focused coping strategies and Mindfulness to support resilience and well-being in the classroom.

Participants will be enabled to:
•Explore and reflect on research showing importance of resilience to well-being
•Explore and reflect on practical strategies for teaching resilience skills in the classroom
•Explore and reflect on research showing how mindfulness is linked to resilience and well-being
•Explore and reflect on practical strategies for teaching mindfulness in the classroom
•Explore and reflect on how Resilience and Mindfulness can be integrated across the curriculum
•Explore and reflect on application of Resilience and Mindfulness to enhance personal well-being

MODULE 4: Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy

This module will explore the relationship between Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy. It will include practical strategies for to develop positive relationships in the classroom and their impact on teaching and learning.

Participants will be enabled to:
•Explore and reflect on research showing the importance of Positive Relationships to well-being
•Explore and reflect on research showing importance of self-efficacy beliefs to well-being and practical strategies for developing self-efficacy beliefs in the classroom
•Examine how Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy can be linked to the SPHE curriculum
•Explore and reflect on how positive relationships and self-efficacy can be integrated across the curriculum
•Explore and reflect on application of Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy to enhance personal well-being
•Explore practical strategies for enhancing positive relationships in the classroom and resolving conflicts quickly
•Explore the different between fixed and growth mindsets and how growth mindsets can be cultivated in the classroom
•Explore the role of self esteem on well-being and how to appropriately enhance self esteem.

MODULE 5: A Whole School Approach to Well-Being and SSE

This module focuses on how a Whole School Approach to Well-Being supported by the SSE process can fostering a sense of well-being, belonging and connectedness and build a culture of positive relationships and positive learning

Participants will be enabled to:
•Explore and reflect on research showing importance of a whole school approach to well-being
•Explore and reflect on contributing factors to a successful whole school approach
•Explore and reflect on practical strategies to implement at whole school level
•Review the role of parents in a successful well-being programme and the different options available to enhance their level of involvement
•Explore how to ensure the student voice is heard; how to foster an ethos of respect, acceptance and appreciation and feelings of competence and confidence in pupils
•Review key strategies presented in the course with an emphasis on teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment