halcyon education

“We now know that the way to help a child develop optimally is to help create connections in her brain—her whole brain—that develop skills that lead to better relationships, better mental health, and more meaningful lives. You could call it brain sculpting, or brain nourishing, or brain building. Whatever phrase you prefer, the point is crucial, and thrilling: as a result of the words we use and the actions we take, children’s brains will actually change, and be built, as they undergo new experiences.”
— Dr Dan Siegel

a whole-person developmental approach

to personal, social and emotional learning


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  • Skills assessment of underlying developmental needs

  • Strategic interventions and focused action plans

  • Mentoring and relational based approach

  • Understand behaviour as a communicator of emotion

  • Develop nurturing learning environments

  • Cultivate greater awareness of self and others

  • Refine emotional literacy and regulation skills

  • Enhance clear thinking and decision making

  • Connect to aspiration, goals, values and meaning

  • Becoming mature, responsible, connected individuals

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social and emotional development

The Thrive Approach promotes the development of healthy, happy, confident children who are ready to learn and engage openly with life. Drawing on insights from key fields such as attachment theory, child development and neuroscience, Thrive provides a relevant and effective way to support the social, emotional and mental health of children.

Thrive Practitioners are trained to form effective and healthy relationships with children, to guide them through relevant developmental stages, addressing gaps and areas of need with bespoke activities and interventions, while enabling other key adults in the child’s life to support this process.

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mindfulness training for staff and pupils

Mindfulness practice provides crucial time and space to quieten and de-stress the mind, to effectively organise and understand our experiences, and to become more familiar with our own internal world; our emotions, habits, and physical sensations. Mindfulness practices develop empathy, relational skills and the ability to make choices instead of reactions.

Children unconsciously attune their own internal state to those around them, especially to significant adults. Training teachers to maintain calm and clear nervous systems brings benefits to the whole classroom and learning environment.

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values and ethics framework

The 16 Guidelines programme provides a simple, robust and flexible framework for developing empathy, compassion and resilience in daily life, suitable for both educational curricula and for personal and professional development.

Focusing on four key themes: how we think, how we act, how we relate to others, and how we find meaning, 16 Guidelines allows for deeper reflection and inner direction for the most basic and important aspects of our lives.