What staff say...

Academic year 22/23

“The Culture of the Heart has / is transforming the class from a group of individuals to a team who value and accept one another... Positive self- esteem is growing. Anxiety is decreasing…Behaviour for learning has improved"  
Lisa Barrett | Trannack Primary School | June 2023
‚ÄúIt has helped with conflict resolution, compassion and understanding across the class...The children have made huge progress in terms of emotional maturity. This has improved behaviour for learning‚ĶA child that joined my class after being excluded¬†from his previous school for poor behaviour is now in school and learning every single day...Two SEN children in my class have always struggled with relationships due to poor social skills. Since CotH they have been able to show more compassion towards others‚ĶIt has given them tools to self - regulate‚Ä̬†
Chrissie Hicks | Treloweth Primary School | June 2023
‚ÄúIt has encouraged parents to be more engaged.¬†Some parents said that they feel they have become more thankful and had more gratitude, because ( the journals) ¬†made them reflect with their children...A few children who tend to get onto the ‚Äėred light‚Äô on our traffic lights have had much less now...One SEN child de-escalates much quicker‚Ä̬†
Elizabeth Kirby | Weeth Primary School | June 2023
‚ÄúChildren have more belief in the good in themselves...Children have tools to help change their mindsets...I have been more aware of the children‚Äôs emotions and have been more able to reassure because the children have felt comfortable communicating with me‚ÄĚ ¬†
Rebecca Keating | Roskear Primary School | June 2023
‚ÄúA group of children who continually bicker/ have playground disagreements..began to treat each other with more respect and bickering has become less frequent‚ÄĚ
Emily Tonkin | Porthreath Primary School | June 2023
‚ÄúCotH has had positive impact on behaviour in the classroom‚Ķchildren are able to say how they are feeling.¬†They know they belong and they are valued... Children are increasingly choosing to make positive changes in their behaviour...One SEN child now believes that he is valued, loved and worthy‚Ä̬†¬†
Elizabeth Nunes | Treloweth Primary School | June 2023



 Academic year 21/22

"Prior to the introduction of Culture of the Heart, behaviour at Pennoweth was not a strength.  While children's behaviour for learning was improving, their ability to regulate their own behaviour outside of learning, take responsibility for their actions and recognise the impact of their words and actions on others was not well developed.

Within 2 terms of regular use of the CotH resource, significant changes were apparent…Playtime squabbles started to dissipate and when they did happen children started to self manage without prompting.

CotH has given our children not just a growing positive vocabulary to use but also a framework to use it in.  They recognise, more than ever, that every child has positive characteristics and every child is inherently wonderful.  They spontaneously, and genuinely, celebrate each other's achievements recognising that 'success' in all its forms is not something that should only belong a few.  While they still recognise and celebrate the child that is brilliant at maths etc, they also equally recognise the child that is consistently considerate, fun, inquisitive.  This ethos spills into general behaviours around school; children open doors, are caring, welcoming of visitors. 

CotH has been a massive part of the way in which the school has moved forward - and will continue to be so." 

Cathryn Andrews | Headteacher | Pennoweth Primary School | 2022


‚ÄúIt has helped my class develop stronger¬†relationships, build self-esteem and calmly tackle subjects that are emotive.‚Ä̬†

Leanne Roberts | Year 5 Teacher | St Catherines Primary School | 2020


‚ÄúThe children are more able to articulate how they are feeling and why. The¬†vocabulary they use to identify their¬†feelings is much richer ‚Ķ¬†the resource has helped with positive playtimes and the children taking¬†ownership of their own behaviour.‚Ä̬†

Sorrel Beckett | Year 2 Teacher | Wadebridge Primary School | 2020


‚ÄúIt gave our children a much wider¬†emotional vocabulary. It particularly helped our children improve their¬†self-esteem and self-awareness. We¬†noticed a marked difference in the¬†children. A beautiful resource that helped our children and staff become kinder to each other and to themselves.‚Ä̬†

Emma Lawton | Deputy Head | St Agnes Primary School | 2020


‚ÄúOur children have thoroughly enjoyed the activities. They are absolutely¬†beautiful.‚Ä̬†

Katie Elkins | Year 2 Teacher | Wadebridge Primary School | 2020


‚ÄúThis resource creates an uplifting and positive learning environment.‚Ä̬†

C. L. Davis | PSHE Lead | Tregolls Primary School  | 2020



“As a teacher, I have used many programs, resources and online training to cover the social and emotional part of the curriculum and nothing has come close to providing the coverage or quality of this resource…

…I have been using The Culture of the Heart for nearly two years and it has changed both the way I teach and the way in which my class interacts with others. It has created a kind and supportive environment with calm and well-rounded children (and staff). We were lucky enough to be in the pilot scheme where I used it with my own year class. The children were an average mix of abilities and social backgrounds with SEN needs as well. 

At the end of just one term my classroom had changed. Children were calmer, more settled and kinder to each other and, according to the children, I also changed for the better being happier and calm almost all of the time. It created a safe place where children were able to be themselves, without judgement, and explore their feelings and thoughts. For some children, it was their only safe space and I would regularly be asked ‚ÄúWhen is it time for our kind words?‚ÄĚ (which was their name for one of the exercises).¬†

As a result of the success in my own class, we then rolled it out across the school for what turned out to be a very short and stressful academic year, for both staff and children. In the current climate of Covid-19 we continued to look after key worker and vulnerable children and this resource has provided us with unrivalled support for scared and lonely children who have found the varied activities and resources as a welcome distraction from what is going on around them. It has also given them a place where we can support their mental and emotional well-being whilst also helping them to become kind and thoughtful members of¬†society.‚ÄĚ

Vicki¬†Vigurs-Berry¬†|¬†Year 1‚Äď2¬†|¬†Bosvigo Primary¬†School¬† | 2019


‚ÄúTheir vocabulary and understanding of positive affirmations has grown and¬†they really think about what to say about each other.‚ÄĚ

Morwenna Dunstan | Primary School | 2021


‚ÄúCulture of the Heart has had a big impact in my class this year¬†‚Ķ overall, it has brought the class closer together and the¬†children¬†love these sessions.‚ÄĚ

Kelly Francis | Year 3‚Äď4 | Pennoweth Primary¬†School¬†| 2021


‚ÄúIt's been fantastic to see the vocabulary becoming embedded into our daily lives in¬†reception and¬†has also helped them form stronger bonds with each other.‚ÄĚ

Michael Moore | Reception | Pennoweth Primary School | 2021


SEN pupils


‚ÄúI have a child in my class who struggles with relationships. She finds it hard to communicate with her peers and will often become frustrated when she feels something is unfair. Some of these activities allowed her to reflect on her behaviour and think about the effect her words have on others. She had a ‚Äėlightbulb‚Äô moment during one lesson where she realised it may not be what she says but how she says things which causes most of her conflicts with others. She is very reactive so she enjoyed the word exchange lesson. She now uses positive thoughts and words when she needs to calm down and even told me recently that she used this strategy¬†successfully at home.‚ÄĚ

Year 5 Teacher | Primary School | 2019


What children say...


“I feel like I’ve gotten nicer. So have my friends. I appreciate that lots! THANK YOU!!” 

Amelia, age 10.

“I felt inspired to be nicer to people with my words as well as actions.” 

Rueben, age 10

“The Culture of the Heart fills me with love and tells me I’m special” 

Eliza, age 7 

“Culture of the Heart has helped me a lot! ...Culture of the Heart is a wonderful thing to do in classrooms.”

“Culture of the Heart is great because it gives you confidence ... I think throughout the class people benefit hugely as it makes you feel good about yourself.”

“Culture of the Heart has helped me to be kinder to other people...I have noticed that the whole class is nicer now we do Culture of the Heart.”

“Culture of the Heart has helped me in my life by teaching me to block insults and to spread kindness. It has helped me to be more caring and cheerful.”

”I think that Culture of the Heart has improved the class because it helped everyone understand what kindness means.”

Compiled by Fiona Morris, Year 3 Teacher; “…I love these! I just asked them to jot down their thoughts about CotH as they came in this morning, and this was their reaction. They also asked if we could have a ‘long CotH time’ this afternoon…”



Feedback from  psychologists, counsellors and doctors...


“This is a beautifully written and brilliantly designed resource that promotes a wide range of valuable social and emotional skills in classrooms. It is of great worth for busy teachers and for contributing to children’s wellbeing.” 

Amanda Murdoch | Psychologist & EQ Practitioner 


“This is a fantastic resource that encourages inclusivity, kindness and compassion. It could be adapted and rolled out across both the education and healthcare sector, with massive benefits to society.” 

Professor Ian Fussell BMedSci(Hons) BMBS MRCGP PGCE SFHEA Associate Dean of Education | College of Medicine and Health | University of Exeter


“The Culture of the Heart provides a beautifully designed map that aims to give children a greater sense of self-esteem, an increased level of personal confidence, resilience and the skills to be able to navigate through their lives. I believe that The Culture of the Heart resource provides these vital aspects of education and a great deal more besides.” 

Ann Rogers | Therapeutic Counsellor, EQ Assessor & Practitioner



What families say...


“You can see the sibling relationships, friendships and parent-child relationships all strengthening through the activities." 

Esther Lewis | Parent


“I think it is brilliant that the School has been teaching the Culture of the Heart curriculum. It has really helped my boys to express some of the complicated emotions and thoughts they have in the current times and it has prompted us to have more conversations about self esteem, kindness and responsibility at home … 

James has been a lot more considerate of my feelings … 

I have seen a big difference in Jack’s self esteem and confidence.”

Comments from a family facebook chat about CotH

22/23 Staff Feedback Documents