We are thrilled to announce that INSIDE OUT has been awarded a £20,000 grant from Postcode Local Trust.
To track the impact of Inside Out on children, we have created a Happiness Index linked to our 5 Keys to Happiness, which is fun and simple to use with our Happy Horseshoe form that you can see above.
This impact measurement tool will improve our programme and report impact to schools and funders. We launched the Happiness Index this Autumn with Hagbourne CE Primary School, Ranikhet Academy and Thameside Primary School to help us refine and improve the Happiness Index and incorporate feedback from our partner schools.
Why do we track happiness?
Because happy children learn better! Inside Out understands that happiness fuels success, and not the other way around. Recent research in Neuroscience and Positive Psychology identifies that the best indicator of success in adulthood is not a child’s academic achievement, but their emotional health in childhood. The World Innovation Summit for Health states that children’s wellbeing should be a major objective for schools.
Inside Out aims to provide a whole-school approach to address this global call to action, helping schools to tackle the challenges posed by mental health problems, exam stress and anxiety.
What is happiness?
At Inside Out we believe happiness is a combination of self-awareness, being active, sharing, curiosity and kindness. To express this, we have developed the 5 Keys to Happiness which are launched at a Magical Day Out and embedded in school through our School Toolbox and Teacher Training.
How does the Happiness Index work?
For the pilot, each child receives a self-assessed and teacher-assessed Happiness Index rating plus an overall happiness rating before and up to 3 months after their Magical Day Out. These are combined to create a Happiness Index ‘score’ for each child.
Alongside case studies of academic and personal progress, this data will show the impact of Inside Out on children’s happiness and learning over time. Long-term, the Happiness Index will be developed as a leading wellbeing measurement tool for schools.
Inside Out began back in 2013, when I became convinced, from personal experience, of a well-proven concept – happiness fuels success, and not the other way around.
To help children gain a ‘toolkit’ of life skills to feel better and learn better, a passionate team created inspirational Magical Days Out which combine mindfulness, nature and horses. Over 300 children have already benefited, and demand is growing from teachers and children.
Consultations with our Inside Out team, trustees, teachers and even the children themselves have helped shape our strategic priorities. We are now ready to focus on enhancing our 2 other programme areas – our School Toolbox resources and Teacher Training – to help our partner schools embed Inside Out into their curricula. Our ‘2020 Vision’ will systematically develop Inside Out from our magical experiences into a whole-school culture of wellbeing.
Using our new Happiness Index, we will measure the effects of Inside Out on children’s wellbeing, and hone our methodology to share our ambition for happiness with the international wellbeing education community.
At Inside Out, our mantra is happy children learn better. This mantra together with our core values – Have Fun, Keep It Simple, Experiment, Be Mindful, Be Kind – defines our Inside Out culture and will guide our dedicated team in everything we do. Our ‘2020 Vision’ works towards a hopeful future, in which the happiness of children is considered as important as their academic achievement.