About Happy Teachers Happy Schools

Founder

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 the 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 a lack of 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 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.

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 and a super useful Graduate Certificate in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu!  My background is pretty varied and it’s shown me the truth in Dylan Wiliam’s words: “…’what works’ is not the right question in education. Everything works somewhere, and nothing works everywhere.”  My focus is on enabling teachers and school leaders to identify what works for them, in their school.

I specialise in:

  • online and face to face training programs and 1:1 or small group coaching for teachers who want to know how the science of happiness can be applied to their experience to support them to be happy and build a meaningful career
  • bespoke consultancy services designing school systems and processes which live your school values and showcase your unique character by embedding a culture that values teachers while at the same time driving success

I hope you enjoy the resources and information available on Happy Teachers Happy Schools.  If you’d like to know more about becoming a happy teacher or building a happy school, please subscribe to my newsletter or if you have a specific project in mind, get in touch, I’d love to hear from you: karen@happyteachershappyschools.com.

Karen

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