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Why do we remember lessons that made us laugh? Why does play enhance the learning experience?
At Laugh Therapy, we research the science behind these questions, showcasing the profound impact of laughter, humour, and play in education.
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Engage and Elevate with Laughter

Humour and Creativity: The Cornerstones of Attainment

Injecting humour into lessons boosts creativity and problem-solving abilities. It lubricates the cognitive processes, allowing students to approach complex problems with innovative solutions. Early play is crucial, with **90%** of brain development occurring by age five, setting the stage for future success.

Building Relationships Through Play

Shared laughter creates immediacy, forging stronger bonds between teachers and students. This social connection not only promotes wellbeing and confidence but also correlates with improved academic performance. Joyful, engaging, and interactive experiences are the bedrock of effective learning

Laugh Therapy: Pioneers in Educational Attainment

Our INSET workshops, practical sessions, and keynote talks are led by an esteemed Advanced Skills Teacher with a track record of surpassing national engagement and attainment averages.

Ready to revolutionise your teaching methods with our 'Workshops to Raise Attainment'? Click [here] to explore our services and embrace the transformative power of laughter in education.

 Laugh Therapy are centrally based and therefore regularly visit the following counties which are within 60 miles of us:

Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire.

We are currently taking bookings for educational workshops for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 & 5, as well as INSET workshops in the Midlands. 

Click the link today to enquire about a Laughter For Learning workshop for students or staff in your school, college or university. 

 

If your county isn't listed, we'll still gladly visit you. Contact us, let us know your location and the workshop you are interested in and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Laughter is more than just a break from learning; it's a catalyst for engagement. Studies reveal that humour triggers the brain's reward system, increasing both motivation and memory retention. With **74%** of educators using game-based learning, they report a **93%** engagement rate in their classrooms.

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Laughter For Learning

Teenage pupils in a library laughing, participating in a laughter therapy class.

For learners, Laugh Therapy can help reduce anxiety related to the classroom or exams and develop resilience and calmness under pressure by creating emotional distance. Laughter For Learning workshops can improve teamwork, build trust and strengthen relationships with others. Aside from being an emotional release, laughter can improve physical health, energy and alertness and foster wellbeing and mindfulness. 

There is now evidence to show that laughter can enhance mental function, improve memory, comprehension, attention, retention and performance in tests and exams.

It can enhance creative, divergent thinking and problem solving skills.

Booking a Laughter For Learning workshop for your students can help create a more positive attitude to learning by tackling disaffection, increase engagement with school and learning, reduce stress and develop strategies for dealing with tension and conflict. Using humour and laughter as a preventative function for addressing mental health issues, providing strategies to inhibiting stress and anxiety at an early stage.

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Laughter For Learning workshops are designed to support mental health provisions in schools, colleges and universities.

 

Workshops can be booked for whole classes or specifically identified groups of students - e.g., disaffected, exam groups, vulnerable, SEN, high absence, those identified with high stress and anxiety, etc.  

 

For a cost effective impact on pupil's grades and wellbeing, click the link and book our engaging Laughter for Learning workshop for your students today. 

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Support for Staff

Laughter For Learning workshops are designed to support mental health provisions in schools, colleges and universities.

 

Workshops can be booked for whole classes or specifically identified groups of students - e.g., disaffected, exam groups, vulnerable, SEN, high absence, those identified with high stress and anxiety, etc.  

 

For a cost effective impact on pupil's grades and wellbeing, click the link and book our engaging Laughter for Learning workshop for your students today. 

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INSET Workshops:

Stress Reduction INSET.

Services For Teachers
Support for Students

Laughter For Learning workshops are designed to support mental health provisions in schools, colleges and universities.

 

Workshops can be booked for whole classes or specifically identified groups of students - e.g., disaffected, exam groups, vulnerable, SEN, high absence, those identified with high stress and anxiety, etc.  

 

For a cost effective impact on pupil's grades and wellbeing, click the link and book our engaging Laughter for Learning workshop for your students today. 

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Student mental health workshops

Emotional well-being strategies

Services For Students
Support for Staff to Support Students

Laughter For Learning workshops are designed to support mental health provisions in schools, colleges and universities.

 

Workshops can be booked for whole classes or specifically identified groups of students - e.g., disaffected, exam groups, vulnerable, SEN, high absence, those identified with high stress and anxiety, etc.  

 

For a cost effective impact on pupil's grades and wellbeing, click the link and book our engaging Laughter for Learning workshop for your students today. 

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Humour in the classroom

Dynamic lesson content

Playful teaching techniques

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Laughter For Teaching
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Evidence from a wide variety of studies show that the effective use of humour in the classroom can:

  • Engage students and stimulate interest

  • Create 'educational immediacy' to enhance student/teacher relationships

  • Increase comprehension, retention and performance

  • Be a successful tool for dealing with tense or unpleasant situations or (when used appropriately) sensitive content

  • Improve the perception of the classroom environment, impacting on disaffection and poor attendance

  • Reduce students' stress, tension and anxiety, particularly when preparing for exams.

  • Make learning fun

"Studies have demonstrated that instructional humour facilitates learning and retention.

(e.g. Davies and Apter, 1980; Kaplan & Pascoe, 1977; Kelley & Gotham, 1988; Wanzer & Frymier, 1999; Ziv, 1988; et al).

In Davies & Apter's study those in the 'humorous' trial group performed significantly better at retaining information both immediately after and retained more information in a 1 month follow-up test.

 

Ziv conducted a far more extensive study of students (and teacher trainees on a psychology course) over the duration of a whole semester. Those in the 'humour' group performed significantly better in both trials. They attained significantly higher course grades and (for both students and teacher trainees) 10% better in their final exam than those in the 'non-humour' group, suggesting that the impact of humour on learning and retention is no different in children and adults."

R. Martin & T. E. Ford 'The Psychology of Humor'

(London Academic Press 2018)

 

INSET workshops are available for educational establishments looking to introduce more laughter into the classroom environment without compromising on behaviour or attainment.

 

This workshop will explore the effective forms of humour which complement and enhance learning which, evidence shows, can have a dramatic impact on grades. It will also explore the (surprisingly common) forms of  humour used in the classroom which unknowingly have a negative impact on learning and performance.

This particular session is a CPD workshop for staff rather than students and is perfect for departmental workshops, INSET days, or to support initial teacher training and induction year NQT's.

 

**If preferred, this CPD workshop can also be booked in combination with either our 'Laughter For Teaching' or 'Laughter For Learners' INSET workshop - contact us with your requirements and we will provide you with a bespoke package and quote..

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Teaching
Laughter For Teachers
Teachers INSET day workshop. Laughter For Teaching. Teacher Training Session.

42,073 full-time equivalent qualified teachers left the state-funded sector in the 12 months to November 2018, a ‘wastage rate’ of 9.8%. This is the lowest rate since 2013."

Teacher recruitment and retention in England by David Foster - 16th December 2019: 

researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk › documents › CBP-7222

According to government figures - there is now a shortfall of 30,000 classroom teachers, particularly at secondary level, where 20% of teacher training vacancies are unfilled."

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/may/13/teacher-burnout-shortages-recruitment-problems-budget-cuts

"The latest findings from a survey by Leeds Beckett University show that of 775 teachers surveyed, 54 per cent reported poor mental health, with 52 per cent of this number saying their illness had been identified by a GP."

"Eight in 10 respondents (81 per cent) said poor mental health had a negative impact on the quality of their relationships with their pupils. The same percentage said it affected their behaviour management skills, with teachers citing “lower levels of tolerance” and being “quick to anger.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-teachers-mental-health-diagnose-issues-targets-education-school-pupils-exams-a8174101.html

"Most worryingly, the Office for National Statistics reported that the risk of suicide for primary and nursery schoolteachers in England between 2011 and 2015 was 42% higher than the national average."

As a former AST / Lead Practitioner, Head of Department and Teacher Training Lecturer with 13 years of classroom experience, I am aware of the pressures faced by teachers and school leadership. I have designed an INSET workshop which focuses on staff mental / physical health and social / emotional wellbeing. I provide activities, exercises and strategies for building resilience, developing psychological distance from the stressor, calmness under pressure and raising morale. Laughter has far-reaching benefits to our health and is something we find difficult when faced with stress and pressure. Laughter can... 

  • lift morale and bolster team spirit

  • release tension (reducing stress hormones - cortisol and adrenaline) 

  • boost energy levels through improved levels of blood oxygen

  • increase concentration and alertness through the release of gamma waves

  • stimulate creativity, divergent thinking and improved problem solving skills

  • create a positive mindset - attacking negativity

  • result in better teamwork - uniting staff, breaking down barriers, enhancing co-operation, communication and creating interactions between departments that wouldn't previously have existed.

  • tackle job dissatisfaction and help recruit and retain outstanding employees

  • release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.

  • reduce stress, burnout, anxiety and depression

  • make work more enjoyable

  • increase productivity and performance - creating an environment where staff take even more pride in their work and are more prepared to go the extra mile for the school and their colleagues

  • relax the body and improve sleep - decreasing muscle tension, aches and pains

  • strengthen relationships, signal social interest and foster emotional connections with others

  • build trust and understanding with others

  • resolves disagreements, defuses conflicts and heal resentments

  • Provide a positive emotional release (in a challenging profession where emotions and personal feelings often have to be held in)

 

It can also make it easier for snuggling staff to feel more comfortable approaching colleagues to disclose issues, before things become unmanageable.

"I don't think I'd ever seen the leadership team laugh before today.

Such a leveller and brilliant for morale. I really hope they run this again next year."

With school funds, staff stress, workload, recruitment, retention and morale at crisis point and staff absence at an all time high, booking our Teachers INSET Workshop is a low-cost intervention for tackling the many issues listed above and will pay for itself (many times over) in reduced staff absences.

Click the link and book a Laughter For Teachers INSET workshop today - it's just the lift you and your hard working team needs.

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