Developing Emotional Literacy in Schools

Developing Emotional Literacy in Schools

Led by Karen Kirkpatrick, a Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner with over 16 years of experience working with children as a Class Teacher and Senior Leader in Inner London Primary Schools, Heartfelt Teaching is specialised in supporting schools and their staff to develop emotional regulation and conflict resolution skills. With its innovative programme, staff is provided with knowledge and practical skills through training sessions and then given the opportunity to further integrate what they have learnt through in-class modelling and reflective practice sessions. Key areas of focus include:

  • Developing skills for emotional regulation
  • Resolving conflict with clear communication
  • Understanding the role of emotional regulation in wellbeing and classroom learning
  • Learning about behaviour as communication
  • Developing emotionally literate communication skills
  • Understanding trauma, attachment and adversity including the impact on mental health, child development and classroom practice
  • Developing personal emotional regulation skills so they can support the children
  • Encouraging curiosity around our own lived experience and how it impacts the way we meet the needs of children

The Foundation believes in the importance of children developing emotional literacy in conjunction with an academic curriculum in school as a way to develop more contented, well rounded individuals. There is a growing movement of research around emotional intelligence and emotional literacy that suggests it leads to better health, relationships and improved performance.