Happy Schools: Positive Education for Well-Being and Life-Skills Development

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Concept by: Marta Mandolini


Positive education is challenging the traditional educational paradigm worldwide; it aims to promote well-being and happiness in a holistic perspective in the classroom and beyond, providing young people with knowledge and life skills to flourish in their present and future life. This contemporary educational approach is based on Positive Psychology, which is the scientific study of human flourishing and optimal functioning and focuses on strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities, and organizations to succeed.

The course will introduce participants both to Positive Psychology fundamentals, presenting the most relevant international theories and references, and to Positive Education theories and techniques. During the course, participants will also be introduced to mindfulness as an opportunity to train their minds, drive attention to present moments, relax, achieve goals, and boost a certain level of self-awareness.

They will be invited to design a personal project based on positive education to share with their colleagues once they go back to school. Finally, participants will be involved in an active learning process also focusing on personal experience and self-reflection, combining cognitive and emotional elements to make the learning process easier and ensure long-lasting retention of the new knowledge.

By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to design programs that combine academics with the development of character strengthening and well-being, such as the experience of positive emotions, engagement with activities, the establishment of meaningful practices and relationships, etc.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Design programs based on Positive Education that combine academia with the development of character strengths and well-being;
  • Use mindfulness as an opportunity to train your mind, focus your attention on the present, relax, achieve goals, and reach a certain level of self-awareness;
  • Gain positive knowledge and life skills based on a holistic perspective of the classroom (in order to flourish in life and beyond!);
  • Secure an understanding of Positive Psychology fundamentals through relevant international theories and references.


  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors; 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 (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

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  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Florence

  • 26-31 October 2020
  • 23-28 November 2020
  • 28 December - 2 January 2021
  • 25-30 January 2021
  • 22-27 February 2021
  • 22-27 March 2021
  • 26 April - 1 May 2021
  • 24-29 May 2021
  • 28 June - 3 July 2021
  • 26-31 July 2021
  • 23-28 August 2021
  • 27 September - 2 October 2021

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 5-10 October 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020
  • 2-7 November 2020
  • 16-21 November 2020
  • 7-12 December 2020
  • 4-9 January 2021
  • 18-23 January 2021
  • 1-6 February 2021
  • 15-20 February 2021
  • 1-6 March 2021
  • 15-20 March 2021

Next courses in Nice

  • 30 March - 4 April 2020
  • 29 June - 4 July 2020
  • 31 August - 5 September 2020
  • 12-17 October 2020
  • 9-14 November 2020
  • 30 November - 5 December 2020
  • 14-19 December 2020
  • 11-16 January 2021
  • 8-13 February 2021
  • 8-13 March 2021
  • 12-17 April 2021
  • 10-15 May 2021

Next courses in Budapest

  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 26-31 October 2020
  • 23-28 November 2020
  • 28 December - 2 January 2021
  • 25-30 January 2021
  • 22-27 February 2021
  • 22-27 March 2021
  • 26 April - 1 May 2021
  • 24-29 May 2021
  • 28 June - 3 July 2021
  • 26-31 July 2021
  • 23-28 August 2021

Reviews about this course

“Happy teachers for better students”, was a very relaxing course in a magnificent city which I love because of its great history. Davide is an excellent person, he has a way to make you feel good and to speak freely about yourself and your feelings. It was like a chat between friends, even though we weren’t all friends there. So… thank you, Europass Teacher Academy for this experience!

Mihaela Alina Labau Stan

The course was very positive, structured and useful. Thank’s Marta,good job :)!

Katerina Bogatkeviča

I really liked the course, in general and also in a particular way. It was presented exellent by our teacher Ilaria and the matirials that she gave us were very useful. I appreciate the opportunity to share our experiences with Finish, Spanish and French colleagues, to have clear understanding on the topic of the course. I and my frined Maria went home full of new ideas and concepts about teaching in possitive and mindful way.

Ludmila Vlasakova

I had great time with new experiences.Our trainer it was Susan Gagliano.Susan was absolutly organized and professional.After all i inspired from the course

Eleni Angastinioti

An excellent course that I highly recommend! The trainer Susan Gagliano managed, with her professionalism and posture, to boost our dreams. Nothing like Positive Psychology in a school environment!

Rosa Mary Costa Manso

The course was very interesting and well-structured. Marta is great!

Maria Pouloudi

It’s an inspiring, well organised and structured course


Great course, great teacher!

Alexandra Jankowiak


Agathi Bompori

The course gave the tools necessary for teachers to be able to empower themselves and their learners with creative thinking. Also giving ideas that will allow learners to be independent to develop a ‘have a go’ attitude, using step-by-step approaches.

Marva Haynes

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