Finnish Approach to Pupil’s Wellbeing: how to Bring more Activity, fun and joy to Classroom

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Concept by: Mirjami Junnikkala


In this course participants will become familiar with the basics of positive education, focusing on its theories and techniques. During this class participants are introduced to some simple mindfulness exercises which they can use in their own classes and of course in their personal life.

Building on your pupils’ strengths is an important strategy to guide their learning process and to foster a positive atmosphere in class. Teachers gain advice on how to talk to pupils about strengths and explore the best ways to praise your pupils’ efforts and achievements. During this class participants engage in hand-on activities to identify their pupil’s (and their own) strengths.

Participants will also learn about ‘Finnish Schools on the Move’, a national action programme aiming to establish a physical-activity culture in Finnish schools. In this course participants are introduced to the basics of the programme and engage in some hand-on activities. They learn how to include physical activity in the school curriculum and how to increase pupils’ participation.

At the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to plan their own personal well-being project which they can share with their colleagues once they return to their schools.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  
  •  Learn simple meditation exercises 
  •  Understand their own strengths and how to teach build on pupils’ strengths
  •  Learn how to increase physical activity during the school day 
  •  Become familiar with the basics of positive pedagogy 
  •  Develop their self-knowledge 
  •  Create their own well-being plan for your class 


  • Teachers: pre-primary, primary, special needs;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us ( or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.


  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Florence

  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 6-11 July 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 12-17 October 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020
  • 14-19 December 2020

Next courses in Oulu

  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 1-6 June 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020
  • 7-12 September 2020
  • 9-14 November 2020
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