the essence of Schools

essence Education supports school leaders, staff and those working in other areas of education to build resilience for personal and professional improvement. There has been increasing media reference to the pressures associated with school leadership and teaching, including incidents of bullying and concerns about stress and anxiety. Yet educators perform one of the most vital roles in society by impacting the lives of children.

To facilitate school improvement, the essence  delivers The Resilience Advantage™ programme from HeartMath. It’s a scientifically-validated system of stress intervention techniques that provides pragmatic solutions. The programme helps build understanding of the effects of stress on our own physiology as well as on others, whether they be adults or children. Care of ourselves and regulation of our own energy benefits not only us, but our environment at work and home.
Manaakitia taatou me o maatou taiao.

Create improvement for…

  • Stress management
  • Resilience and energy
  • Composure and clarity
  • Relational awareness
  • Team co-operation
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Professional Standards
  • Job satisfaction and performance

Apart from The Resilience Advantage programme offered to educators, workshops are available for parents and caregivers. Additionally, you may like to contact the essence for information about resources that directly support children in managing stress and improving self-regulation.

Follow-up and refresher workshops can be arranged. Support and guidance can also be provided for the development and improvement of wellbeing policies and practices that link to a school’s curriculum, charter and strategic planning.

The training provided by The Resilience Advantage has direct relevance to the New Zealand Education Council’s Standards for the Teaching Profession.

the essence founder, Phillippa Bourke, is a past school Principal.



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