Teachappy founder - Adrian Bethune
Hi! I'm Adrian and the founder of Teachappy. I've been teaching happiness and wellbeing to primary school children and teachers since 2010.
My passion for children and teachers' mental health and wellbeing comes from my own experience of suffering poor mental health after I had graduated. I learned that there is nothing more important than your emotional wellbeing. On my road to getting better, I also discovered the 'science of happiness', based on thousands of empirical studies, showing us simple evidence-based things we can do to look after our physical and mental health. In 2017, I set up Teachappy to share that knowledge with others, so we can all lead healthier, happier lives in and outside of school.
As well as teaching part-time, I also wear a few other hats:
Lead curriculum designer for Oxford University Press' International Wellbeing Curriculum
Education Policy Co-Lead at the Mindfulness Initiative
Deputy Chair of the strategic board of the 'Well Schools Movement', a Youth Sports Trust initiative.
Chair of the Mindfulness In Schools Project's BAME Inclusion and Support Group.
Advisor for Cambridge University's research projects into mental health in schools
Dad to two young boys!
In 2018 I wrote, Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness and I'm thrilled to be the co-author of A Little Guide To Teacher Wellbeing and Self-Care which is out in October 2020.
Please check out my debut animation 'Can school make you happier?' which sums up my whole philosophy of education in 3 minutes!
I hope you find this website useful and the ideas and resources shared inspire you to teachappy too!
We believe that happiness and wellbeing should be at the heart of education and that school should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for children and teachers.
To work with children, teaching staff and school leaders to train them in the science of wellbeing, giving them an understanding of what wellbeing is and how they can take good care of themselves and the people around them.