Claire Murray is the creator of the Emotion Works programme and founder of Emotion Works as a Community Interest Company (CIC). She is an experienced teacher, curriculum designer and educational consultant with a strong academic background in psychology and education. As well as her obvious passion and commitment to developing and sharing best practice in emotional education, Claire is becoming increasingly interested and involved in service level decision-making that contributes to ‘closing the gap’ and ‘getting it right for every child’.
Claire’s current role involves a mix of development work, training, accreditation and consultancy work as well as overseeing the everyday operational aspects of Emotion Works and staff management.
On a day to day basis, Claire shares the office with administrator, Catriona and legal/corporate associate, Andrea with regular visits and contact with our training co-ordinator Loreen, illustrator Diane, marketing associate Sally, social business advisor Jackie, and print supplier Ed.
Next door to the office is our training classroom where we run our Edinburgh training sessions and train-the-trainer days.
Our growing team of trainers are spread across Scotland and the North East of England. All of our trainers are experienced educators within primary, nursery and secondary sectors and many have specialist expertise in areas including nurture, learning disability, autism and communication support. Most of our trainers work for us in a freelance capacity, but some have line management support and allocated time to deliver Emotion Works training as part of their employed role within a school or specialist local authority post.
In addition to our core team and contractors, Emotion Works is becoming increasingly known and established as a co-ordinated and joined up community of practitioners, education providers and other interested parties with an interest in sharing best practice in education for emotional learning and wellbeing.
Our accreditation pathways are for practitioners and mentors as well as trainers, which means we have a degree of quality control in ensuring that the Emotion Works vision is being meaningfully shared and supported locally in almost all of the Local Authorities in Scotland. We are also now developing an accreditation process for schools and nurseries thanks to a number of local champions working with us to embed best practice across their settings.
Emotion Works Classroom Hubs
Another recent development which links with our partnership approach to building capacity in local areas is the setting up of 3 new classroom/training rooms in host schools in Glasgow, Fife and West Lothian. The local classroom hubs are spaces for our local trainers to deliver after-school twilights, to host visits from visiting colleagues or for us to run information sessions from and spread the word about our work.
Thanks to our website membership platform and exclusive Facebook practitioner support group, our online community has become an important source of networking and idea-sharing amongst Emotion Works practitioners and supporters in Scotland. Establishing web based information and support has also meant that we are able to reach a wider audience and Emotion Works is now being used in schools and educational settings in other parts of the UK as well as Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Nigeria.
I set up Emotion Works to share my work and expertise in emotional learning & literacy, and to connect with others with similar interests and goals. I run Emotion Works as a social business where people, rather than profit, are our bottom line. The principles of ‘learning for all’ and ‘wellbeing for all’ underpin Emotion Works as a programme and also as an organisation, where we prioritise relationships, communication, personalisation and engagement as our keys to success. Claire Murray, Emotion Works Creator & Founder