Emotion Works is an educational programme and an organisation that puts learning at the heart of emotional health and well-being.
The programme has been developed and piloted over an 11-year period by teacher, curriculum designer and educational consultant Claire Murray, with important contributions and feedback from teachers, early years practitioners, and additional support staff every step of the way.
The result is Emotion Works – a highly regarded and extremely practical set of resources and training for anyone involved in promoting and delivering emotional education in schools, nurseries and additional support services.
Over the past few years we have been developing a platform of web-based support which has evolved into an online membership service. Online membership is now a standard feature of the Emotion Works package. This added layer of support, which includes online training, digital resources and practice examples, has been extremely valuable in helping people to build capacity in using the approach and has also helped us to establish a very enthusiastic and supportive online community.
Emotion Works is ‘home grown’ in Scotland so is very well aligned to the Scottish Curriculum and related policies such as ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC) and the Scottish Attainment Challenge. There is a strong overlap with other agendas and initiatives concerned with learning and wellbeing such as the inclusion agenda and the ACEs awareness movement.
As an organisation, Emotion Works operates as a social enterprise with a growing reputation for providing high quality goods and services in cost-effective and creative ways. The community-building side of our work is something that is growing and evolving naturally as we meet and connect with others with an interest in working towards emotional education and wellbeing for all.
At our school we know how important emotional wellbeing is to learning. It has been so easy to adopt Emotion Works into our school because it helps us to value what we already do and it helps us to optimise on teaching the language and understanding that our children need to grow up healthy and happy. Head Teacher, West Lothian