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Weaving Well-Being (Group 4) - EPV Approved Online Summer Course

Using Positive Psychology in Schools

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NB: This course qualifies for EPV Days

This comprehensive online course provides an understanding of the science of Positive Psychology and offers practical and evidence-based strategies for supporting children’s and teachers' well-being. Grounded in the SPHE curriculum, it shows how a whole-school approach can be supported by the SSE process, with particular reference to the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice (DES, 2018).

This course aims to:
  • Provide an understanding of the science of Positive Psychology and explore the evidence available to support the benefits of positive psychology strategies
  • Explore the benefits of enhancing well-being and, in particular, the link between well-being, learning and successful school outcomes
  • Provide a range of evidence-based strategies that can enhance the well-being of children and their learning in the classroom
  • Understand how each well-being intervention is grounded in the SPHE curriculum and can be supported by the SSE process
  • Explore the relationship between teacher well-being and work quality
  • Consider strategies that, if applied, enhance teacher well-being
  • Provide an overview of the Weaving Well-Being Programme and explore how elements of the programme can be implemented in the classroom setting
The course is divided in to five modules as follows:
  • Introduction to Well-Being in the Primary School
  • Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow
  • Resilience and Mindfulness
  • Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy
  • Whole School Approach to Well-Being, Teacher Well-Being and SSE


Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the SPHE curriculum.

It is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive. The Weaving Well-Being programme gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas such as resilience skills (including mindfulness) and developing self-efficacy through empowering beliefs. The lessons are designed to be implemented within the framework of the SPHE curriculum.

Weaving Well-Being Programme

This affordable Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. Each class level has a Teacher Resource Book and a Pupil Book. The Teacher Resource Book contains background information, lesson plans, supplementary activities and a PowerPoint presentation for each lesson.

The supplementary activities provide a wealth of opportunities for each concept to be embedded in the classroom and the whole school culture. Teachers are also provided with the opportunity to enhance their own well-being through various interventions and activities. The Pupil Book for each level builds into a highly individual and personal resource for the child’s future use. The programme is child-centred, practical and is designed to be easy to deliver in any classroom setting.

Course Authors

Fiona Forman is an author and a former primary school teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience at all levels. She is also a Well-Being and Positive Psychology facilitator and trainer. Fiona holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from The University of East London.

Fiona’s years in the classroom allowed her to see, at first-hand, the need to place well-being at the heart of school life and the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. She is also the mother of two young adults, which has deepened her awareness of the necessity to equip children with the support and skills that they need to develop resilience and to thrive and flourish in life.
Mick Rock is a qualified Executive and Life Coach and a Motivational Speaker who has helped hundreds of people to enhance their lives and achieve a wide variety of goals. As a parent of two boys, Mick is extremely passionate about working with and helping children to deal with the various challenges in their lives, to increase their happiness and well-being and to fulfil their true potential.

Together with his wife Linda, who is a Primary School Teacher, they set up New Horizons Montessori School over 12 years ago and this has become established as one of the leading Montessori Schools in Dublin. He has also worked with children's charities and served as the Chairperson of the Board of Management of a Primary School for 4 years.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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