Emma Gleadhill

Pupil Workshops

...You can’t stop the waves…but you can learn to surf. Emotional intelligence and life-skills for young people and their changing relationships…
Emma Gleadhill

The following courses work well as year group talks with scope for ‘break-out’ discussion in smaller groups. Ideal length of time – 60-90 minutes depending on the session chosen (the latter providing more opportunities for interactive aspects and more generous Q and A time).

Occasionally schools or PTAs fund such talks on a twilight basis for students to opt in or out of.

Contact me to discuss potential alternative sessions – if you have in mind a session that is not covered here.

1. A friend in deed – how to support a friend in need

Ideal for Years 9, 10, 11, but also an adapted version available for sixth form.

  • Authentic and supportive friendships
  • The value of boundaries
  • Supporting a friend who is going through periods of anxiety
  • Recognizing when a situation is stuck
  • Supporting a friend where there are serious concerns

2. Emotional Assertiveness – Handling conflict in close relationships – parents, peers

Ideal for Years 10 and 11 – two thirds through the GCSE course. Can also be adapted for sixth form.

An age-old problem –developing life skills for young people to take forward into a fruitful adulthood.…Expressing feelings and confronting problems in close relationships…how to achieve this?

  • …without raising the temperature
  • …minimising the drama
  • In a way that will (hopefully) enable you to be heard, by those who can –with you - make a change.
  • Contexts – school / work, friends, family.

3. Managing Difficult Feelings

Suitable for Year 9 and above.

  • Your mood patterns
  • Identifying difficult feelings and starting to work with them
  • Looking after yourself – developing emotional resilience
  • How to spot when you need to make a change
  • Defining emotional strength, recognising fragility and working with it
  • Your network of friends, relatives, professionals and how to get best use out of them

4. The adolescent brain and my changing relationships

  • Adolescent brain development
  • Changes to family life
  • Changes in peer-group relationship
  • The struggle to emerge as an individual within a group
  • Areas of vulnerability in adolescence
  • Looking after myself – a resilient you
  • Being responsible for my relationships – resilient relationships

5. Student Leadership

Any age – works well in mixed age groups – eg training day for your school council

  • Leadership in the wider world – context in UK / Europe / the world
  • Leadership case studies
  • Leadership styles
  • Taking the lead in your school community
  • Assertiveness
  • Consultation and representing others