I have followed Kelly on social media for a while and have been inspired by her commitment to leading wellbeing at her school and in her trust. Last week I had the privilege of hearing her speak and I was blown away. She is so passionate, so committed and so inspiring in the vision she has for creating healthy schools. The provision she has co-created is really impressive and models a whole school approach, a whole child approach and a whole family approach. I am desperate to go and visit and experience it for myself. Her values and her integrity are reflected in the collaborations she has developed with her whole community.
Kelly is a true champion of wellbeing in education. Kelly’s school, Lessness Heath Primary School, was the first to be verified for the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools, and Kelly has since been a key collaborator in our wellbeing programme for schools.
Kelly takes every opportunity to support other practitioners on their wellbeing journey and is a great relationship and network builder. In this way she is building capacity within the system to promote and support the wellbeing of children, young people, families and staff in schools across the country.
Kelly Hannaghan is a wellbeing professional of the highest calibre. She specialises in sensible practical steps that schools, pupils and staff can adopt to improve their mental health and overall performance. At The Primary First Trust, she has designed and implemented bespoke programmes that have had real, tangible results in our community and rightly attracted nationwide attention for their innovation and effectiveness. She is warm, inspirational and a joy to work with.
NCB is proud to have awarded the first Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools to Lessness Heath Primary School which, under the expert guidance of Kelly Hannaghan and the leadership of the head teacher transformed itself into a nurturing environment with pupil and staff’s wellbeing at its heart. Kelly has shown the power of loving leadership in the way she cares for all the people around her and for herself. Pupils in her school have learned the importance of core values like bravery, respect and responsibility. They are encouraged to express feelings and moods in a constructive and reflective way. They learn self-management techniques and support each other by electing wellbeing ambassadors in every class. Voices of pupils are central to the wellbeing strategy. Kelly lives and breathes these values herself. Her approach to the school and its community is inspiring
Kelly Hannaghan is a force of nature! I’ve never known anyone more fiercely committed to the wellbeing of children, families, school communities and staff. She is a knowledgeable, passionate and skilled wellbeing practitioner.
Kelly Hannaghan’s knowledge, professional understanding and support for Wellbeing and Mental Health in schools is a testament to her incredible dedication in supporting pupils, staff and parents to ensure they are emotionally safe and secure. I continue to be impressed by her approachable manner both online and offline as she can make anyone feel safe and well with her supportive nature.
Kelly is an inspirational person and wellbeing ambassador. She has a wealth of knowledge around practical strategies to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community. Her passion and drive enable her to have huge impact on raising the mental health of pupils both at her own school but nationwide. It is a pleasure to collaborate with her both as a speaker across Optimus Educations conferences but also as a leading influencer on wellbeing across the educational sector.
Kelly is a shining light in the field of wellbeing in education. She walks the talk and her authenticity and experience shines through. I'd grab the opportunity to work with her!
The work that Kelly supported me within a large three form primary school which was in difficulty, was transformational. We put wellbeing and emotional health at the centre of all of the decision making and the results were life changing for the school community, especially the parents, children and the staff. All stakeholders are now experts in early identification and confident in making the positive changes for themselves to thrive and flourish.
After enquiring after a bespoke training session for my staff, Kelly and I spoke at length about what I was looking for - the result was that the 2 and a half hour session prepared was tailored to my school and the situations the staff and children are dealing with here. I invited all my staff as well as governors to attend the training and it really was excellent both in delivery, preparation and immediate effect. There was a good mix of personal experience, breakout sessions, humour, feedback and time for questions. Kelly is approachable, knowledgeable and helped us all see the mental health of the staff and pupils at the school from different angles as well as giving us ideas for engaging our parents better.
I would thoroughly recommend Kelly for any bespoke training your organisation may need.
Lessness Heath is a large 3-form entry primary school, set within a multi-cultural, diverse community, with families of a wide range of social-economic backgrounds.
It is the first school nationally to be awarded with the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This wellbeing drive started from a vision that the head teacher Kate O,Connor and wellbeing leader Kelly Hannaghan had “that every stakeholder within the whole school community should have good quality mental health and wellbeing support, that ensures the best possible outcomes and a culture of people who grow resilience in life”. This mission included looking at ways to protect teacher wellbeing and safeguarding the profession.
A number of strategies were put in place including: