Adrian Bethune

Teaching happiness, Developing physical and mental wellbeing in schools


Adrian delivered a highly engaging talk which gave our staff an understanding of the reasons why students can suffer from anxiety as well as  plenty of practical ideas we can now use straight away with our students. Importantly, all of this discussion was well grounded in scientific research which Adrian made accessible to all.
Head of Lower School, Queen Elizabeth's Boys School Barnet
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Adrian Bethune is a teacher and Healthy Body & Mind Leader at a primary school in Hertfordshire.
In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. He has worked closely with the charity Action For Happiness on their ‘wellbeing in schools’ programme and in 2015 was invited to speak at their event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama.

Adrian is author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018) and founder of 

Key topics include:

Teaching happiness
Physical and Mental wellbeing
Growth mindset
Mental health of children and teachers
Positive psychology
The science of wellbeing