Welfare at school

Development program for teachers

“Welfare at school”

The project called 'Welfare at school’ benefits from a grant of €171,895.00. The total amount of the grant awarded is 85% co-financed by funds received from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Funds and 15% from the state budget. The aim of the project, which we will carry out with our Icelandic partner Art of Living Iceland, is to develop and implement innovative methods and educational tools on psychological resilience for teachers and school children and performing pilot tests, reports and recommendations during a two-year project with a group of min 110 teachers.

About the project

Currently, there is an increasing need for psychological and emotional wellbeing at school. According to all our research work, including the Desk Research report, there is a need to implement development programs for teachers especially regarding psychological resilience, because the job burnout among teachers seems to be a very serious social and pedagogical problem. Children should be taught good habits supporting their mental health and wellbeing from an early age. 

The project aims to develop and implement innovative methods and educational tools on psychological resilience for teachers and school children and performing pilot tests, reports and recommendations during a two-year project with a group of min 110 teachers. The main project beneficiaries are: learning teachers, professionals working with children, school children, parents. Intermediate: teachers, school staff, institutions supporting school education and educators.

The main objectives

The project is making 4 intellectual outputs:

  • The psychological resilience guide for school teachers – theoretical concepts, recommendations and advice on implementing, real- life case studies,

  • Training packages for teachers: tools and exercises for teachers to work with them: multimedia resources: video materials with exercises and tools on the multimedia platform, 

  • Research and analysis report of the pilot training for teachers, recommendations and articles,

  • ChildrenWelfare at School containing case studies and exercises in the field of psychological resilience for children 1-4 and 5-8 Class of primary school.

 

Innovation: Our own research shows that there are very few programs taking care of teachers’ psychological wellbeing in Poland, most of the programs are focused on children. Training for teachers is theoretical and without practical aspects. We will put pressure on the utility and practicality of tools. Our project is based on a huge variety of concepts (12) which makes the tools comprehensive, flexible and matched with different needs of teachers and children. There hasn’t been any similar program in Poland so far. What makes our brochures for children innovative are inspiring stories and very simple exercises.

 

The methodology

As part of the project, we want to use the following concepts and methods:

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Self-regulation

analysing areas where mental resilience resources can be built and learning how to do it

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Positive discipline

how to work systemically with the class to maximise pupil cooperation

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Tai Chi and Qigong

physical exercises to build mental resilience, concentration, calming and energising exercises

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Yoga

physical exercises to build mental resilience, calming and energising exercises

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Positive psychology

tools for building personal mental well-being

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Breathing exercises

supporting mental resistance, calming; supporting concentration

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Relaxation and meditation

introduction to types, principles, exercises to build mental resilience, rebuilding distance, rest, inner peace, etc.

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Cognitive-behavioral perspective

working on mindset, acceptance of each emotion, elements of kindness and focus on the here and now (ACT, CFT)

Our project partners

Our project partner is Art of Living Iceland from Reykjavik. It is an international organisation with personal development programmes and workshops, incorporating elements of yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and practical knowledge that leads to stress elimination and improved quality of life. More than 30 million people around the world have participated in the workshops so far. All Art of Living activities have one goal in common: to improve health and increase happiness.