Become the teacher you wish you'd had. Transform your classroom with empathy and connection.

According to the World Health Organisation, by 2020 depression will be the second largest cause of disability in human populations. We believe this points partly to an empathy deficit in our schools, and thus it is our responsibility - as teachers - to help prevent these statistics from becoming a reality.

This course focuses on creating safe spaces in our classrooms to support our children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. We explore how (and why) to discuss controversial issues in the classroom, helping children to learn to develop resilience whilst exploring some of the key issues facing us in the 21st century. We share simple and empowering teaching and learning strategies for staff to help pupils to feel resilient and empowered facing these challenges.

What you will learn:

You will explore some of the root causes of mental health issues in our schools, and some of the long-term supportive practices, using a range of approaches to nurture resilience, empathy and connection.

You will explore facilitation as a method of teaching and learn a range of pedagogical techniques to transform your classroom into a safe and healthy environment.  These methods allow students to feel more engaged and connected to themselves, to feel confident discussing some the tricky issues happening around them and also develop stronger connections to the school community.

We will share strategies to facilitate critical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence within the school environment. You will learn methodologies to support a more connected learning environment, with a focus on creating healthier student/teacher connections, encouraging students to join the dots on their learning and allowing them to make connections between what they explore in the classroom and what is happening in the world.  

Key questions covered:

  • How can we talk about tricky issues in the classroom (and why should we?)

  • How (and why) can we nurture emotional intelligence and resilience in our students?

  • How can we create healthy classrooms to best support our students' emotional well-being and academic progress?

  • What are some whole school approaches and practices to nurture long-term emotional health?

Engaging, funny and promoted excellent discussions for ideas to take back to the classroom. Well done!
— K Davis | Assistant Headteacher | Denefield School
Really useful ideas and very thought-provoking. It was a really refreshing CPD and offered a good sense of perspective. I would and will be really keen to introduce your ideas into our school.
— Rich Thomson | PSHE Lead | Kingsbridge Community College

Training Details

CPD Duration: 2 hours - half day
Format: In-house interactive training
Group Size:  Up to 200 staff
Facilitator: ThoughtBox Teachers (15yrs+ experience in the classroom)
COST: £350 or available through one of our ThoughtBox Memberships

Excellent session! It was engaging, relevant and well presented. Rachel offers a great balance of theory and supporting examples to illustrate how to put new ideas into practice.
— Head of PSHE | Marine Academy Plymouth
The CPD was a great opportunity to discuss, learn and reflect on key areas of PSHE. Rachel led the training brilliantly, with high quality resources, excellent lesson plans and great supporting material. Thank you!
— Ben Cotton | Deputy Headteacher | King Edward VI Community College