the essence of Schools

essence Education supports school leaders, staff and those working in other areas of education to build self-regulation for personal and professional improvement. There is increasing media reference to the pressures associated with school leadership and teaching, including incidents of bullying and concerns about stress and anxiety. Given that educators perform one of the most vital roles in society by impacting the lives of children, it is vital that we find means of meaningfully, pragmatically and individually addressing these concerns.

“I learned useful techniques which I am excited about utilising at work.”  Nick Lyon, Tauranga

To facilitate improvement, the essence delivers programs from the California-based HeartMath® Institute. These include a scientifically-validated system of stress intervention techniques which provide pragmatic solutions. The training helps build understanding of the effects of stress on our own physiology as well as on others, whether they be adults or children. It’s important that we first attend to care of ourselves and regulation of our own energy. Not only does that benefit us personally, but it also benefits our environment at work and home. Manaakitia tātou me o mātou taiao.

“Thanks for an informative series with practical strategies to enhance our wellbeing.”  Andrew Chesswas, Waikato.

Create improvement in:

  • Composure and clarity
  • Relational awareness
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Professional Standards
  • Job satisfaction and performance

Resources that directly support children in managing stress and improving self-regulation for wellbeing are also available. However, for the benefit of all, the research points to the importance of addressing staff wellbeing as a priority.

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 HeartMath 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.

“Such great links to benefits for life!” Teacher, Hamilton.



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