About Happy Teachers Happy Schools
Hi. I’m Karen, a history teacher, part time Deputy Head and full time nerd. I’ve founded Happy Teachers Happy Schools to give non-fluffy happiness advice and share tried and tested happiness resources that help teachers and school leaders thrive (not just survive until their next holiday!).
I know from my own experiences, as well as those of my colleagues, that today’s teachers are dealing with a potent mix of high expectations, huge change and often lack access to good quality support and professional development. It’s not an easy time to be a happy teacher or to lead a happy school.
Teaching is an amazing job. But it’s also really tough. And teachers tend to focus on looking after everybody but themselves. The Education Support Partnership 2018 Teacher Wellbeing Index has quantified the core challenge facing our profession: 57% of education professionals have considered leaving the sector in the last two years because of health concerns. This needs to change.
Happy Teachers Happy Schools exists to show curious, evidence oriented teachers and school leaders how the science of happiness can help them to get happier at work, build happier workplaces and make this job everything we know it can, and should, be.
Why bother with happiness? Because a critical mass of research shows that happiness and good health go hand in hand: happiness can make your heart healthier, your immune system stronger, improve your resilience and your ability to cope with stress. When you prioritise happiness you’re investing in both physical and mental well-being.
I have worked in education – in schools, universities and central government – for 25 years. I’ve been a leader and manager for most of that time. I’ve held research, staff development, graduate recruitment and change management roles and as a school leader I’ve been responsible for teaching and learning, school improvement and self-evaluation, staff appraisal, in-school research, assessment, curriculum, initial teacher training and professional development. I know what works.
In addition to my degree in History and my teaching qualifications, I have a Masters in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Public Administration, 7/8ths of a Masters in Education, a super useful Graduate Certificate in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu – fun fact they actually give you a medal when you graduate – and a Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.
For the last 5 years I have been focused on coaching and positive psychology. As a result, I am passionate about supporting and encouraging others to connect to their strengths and thrive. My current work in schools is grounded in the science of happiness and focuses on creating the best possible environments, strategies, and programmes for learning and personal growth.
My research interests are leadership, emotional intelligence, coaching and well-being and I’m hugely excited about my current PhD research – harnessing the latest in neuroscience and positive psychology to build positive school cultures and prioritise teacher happiness.
How can I help you?
I offer 1:1 and small group coaching, staff training, key notes and school improvement consultancy services to help teachers and schools flourish. You can find out more about working with me here.
I share how to create meaningful and sustainable change in your approach to the everyday on my blog and in my newsletter where I highlight how the latest scientific research on happiness can be used to create practical, immediately actionable tools for positive change.
If your curiosity is piqued, whether you have a specific project in mind or not, why not send me an email? I’ve got loads of ideas about how we can create a work-life we love while building flourishing school communities:
Let me show you how the science of happiness can help you, and your school, to thrive.