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Eleni Vardaki Presenting at 7th ENSEC Conference in Budapest

WHAT’S NEW: If you are going to the 7th ENSEC Conference in Budapest later this month, come and experience Eleni’s brand new workshop on practical ways to build well-being education into your classroom teaching. See details below.


Workshop title: Well-being Education in Secondary Schools: Building It In, Rather Than Bolting It On



When: 29th-31st August 2019


Workshop description: 

You’ll  often hear teachers say: “we need more time” to implement well-being initiatives. I disagree. I’ve found that when I make the time, not only do students make quicker progress (less haste, more speed), but the quality of learning improves.


In 2015 I began my journey of trying to figure out how I could help (through my work as a classroom practitioner) to bridge the gap between the cerebral, grades-driven pressures in secondary education and the well-being skills students need to thrive in the 21st century. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with different ways in which to build well-being education into my classroom practice through a bottom-up approach. In this workshop:

  • you’ll experience the 3 most effective ways I’ve found for how to embed emotional education, mindfulness, and body intelligence training seamlessly into my classroom practice.

  • you’ll use your experience of what it felt like doing these activity simulations to draw conclusions for what principles are necessary for the successful implementation of these activities in the classroom.

  • you’ll learn what I’ve personally found to be the 5 key principles for effective implementation of well-being education in the history classroom, for a grassroots, bottom-up approach.

  • you’ll reflect on what was your biggest takeaway was from this workshop experience, and what (if any) action this workshop has inspired you to want to take, to further your own work or practice.



Where: The 7th ENSEC Conference on student “Wellbeing and Social and Emotional Development”, which is hosted by the Faculty of Education and Psychology of ELTE Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary.


WHAT’S ENSEC: ENSEC is the European Network of Social and Emotional Competence. We’re a growing network of researchers and practitioners who are interested in children and young people’s development, especially with regards to developing their resilience and their social and emotional competence.


If so, get in touch at I’d love to meet you in person. I’m particularly curious to understand why you care so much about students’ social and emotional development. Let’s talk!