Turning Theory into Practice - Critical Success Factors for Developing Emotional Intelligence Projects for Students

Annie Hamlaoui, UK


Delegates will work in collaborative groups to:

1.     Explore, discuss and ‘experience’ throughout the workshop:

        i.     how the emotional structures and processes in the brain affect    learning (including a short primer on the brain)

        ii.     how a simple model of self esteem can be turned into an effective project framework

        iii.     the benefits of  ‘play’ as a process in Emotional Literacy Development

        iv.     key principles for designing effective projects


2.     Reflect and evaluate their own practice in the light of the above


3.     Leave the workshop with a range of ideas and activities that they could put into practice the very next day


The purpose of this interactive and practical half day training session is to offer delegates the chance to work together in collaborative learning groups to have fun exploring and examining some key principles for developing emotional intelligence projects and programs for young people


Understanding how the human brain functions in day to day life and in the learning process plays an important part in being able to develop ‘brain’ friendly and emotionally literate processes. Group members will experience for themselves how using music, movement, games and simple play activities can be incorporated into a project framework and process.  Carl Rogers ‘core conditions for learning’ and the practical application of the Positive Strokes theory from Transactional Analysis will form part of the training session exploration and discussion.


The facilitator, Annie Hamlaoui, will offer delegates the chance to see students in action on UK based projects using photos and video clips.


Annie Hamlaoui is a Careers Guidance Practitioner and Advanced Emotional Literacy Consultant. She has worked in the field of Careers Guidance for the last 14 years and specialised in the promotion and development of Emotional Literacy in Education for the last five. She is considered to be one of the UK’s leading experts in translating aspects of the ‘theory’ of Emotional Literacy/Intelligence into very practical application in school settings and she is a popular presenter both in the UK and abroad.

Her Emotional Literacy Consultancy work has included commissions with:

  • New Horizons Virtual Education Action Zone – a two year commission to design and develop an huge Emotional Learning and Training Centre (The Power House) within a challenging High School
  • Creative Partnerships Kent - a two year commission to develop a variety or emotional literacy approaches and deliver training to staff and students in their 24 partner schools in East Kent
  • School of Emotional Literacy - having undertaken her own Post Grad Certificate and Diploma Training in Emotional Literacy Development with the school based at Bristol University,
  • Thanet Excellence Cluster of Schools – ongoing support and consultancy
  • Winner of the Institute of Careers Guidance National Careers Awards for her innovative guidance work in schools
  • Amsterdam June 2005 - Nexus Conference - workshop facilitator – sharing an Emotional Literacy programme called SISTERS. (very positive session evaluation)
  • Austin, Texas July 2006 - Jensen Corporation Learning Brain Conference – workshop facilitator – ‘Using brain- friendly processes to develop Emotional Literacy Programmes’ (very positive session evaluation)
  • Auckland, New Zealand, April, 2007 – International Confederation of School Principals Annual Convention - workshop facilitator – ‘Resilient Youth’
  • Published author:  SISTERS – a self-development programme for girls IT’S OKAY TO BE ME – children’s self esteem workbook (best seller).