About the Hive

Just as the bees are essential to the whole of humanity’s existence and survival,
so too are our Early Years practitioners, support staff, teachers and school leaders
essential to our society’s positive progress and a civilised world.

However, our self-care is necessary for our own survival and indeed our need to flourish as educators! How are our inner resources? How are we consciously focused on what makes us feel good to educate well? How do we reconcile the external pressures and demands with the essential need to care for ourselves?

The premise of “feeling good, teaching well” is the starting block for The Hive of Wellbeing. Simple in its message, and ambitious in its goal, The Hive aims to support Early Years practitioners, teachers and senior leaders in getting into a “better-feeling place” by using coaching for performance principles, positive psychology approaches and self-efficacy theory in CLPL and CAT sessions in schools as well as in group and individual coaching sessions.

Focusing on a range of work issues, such as workload, time management, school and classroom systems, values and beliefs, work relationships; educators are asked to reflect on questions pertinent to their inner resilience, self-efficacy and the emotional capital needed to make their settings and schools successful. Another key element of the work of The Hive of Wellbeing is the desire to build a supportive network for individual practitioners, teachers and leaders out with their schools, where there are opportunities to explore personal and professional challenges whilst having the coaching support to discuss and reframe issues appropriately.

This teaching and school leadership network is run by professional coach, Claire Lavelle, who has over twenty years’ experience in Education. Claire has been a teacher, a principal teacher, a primary head teacher in Scotland and abroad, and a quality improvement officer in a Scottish local authority.

Claire is based in Edinburgh and is working in a number of local authorities, schools and early years settings throughout Scotland focusing on the wellbeing of staff so that they can feel good to support, teach and lead well!

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