In 2021, Year 7 Wellbeing lessons have Character Strengths as a focus. On a rotating timetable, the Year 7s cycle through a series of lessons designed to help them to recognise their strengths and use them to their potential.

Each lesson contains a mindfulness activity, such as a short meditation. Then there is discussion and an activity which focuses on one or more of the VIA Character Strengths.

Why focus on Character Strengths? Lea Waters, one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, has empirical evidence of extraordinary results obtained by focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Through focusing on strengths, Lea Waters demonstrates in her book, The Strength Switch how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.

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