HeartSmart is a new approach that primary schools use to build character, emotional health and resilience in children.

It is a creative way of enabling children to adopt a growth mindset whilst maintaining a healthy emotional epicentre. It works on the evidence based theory that increasing relational connection empowers children to flourish and achieve more. At its core, HeartSmart is about loving and accepting ourselves as well as loving and responding well to others.

Boris, HeartSmart’s very own purpose-built Robot, provides a fun, interactive and dynamic way for children to explore their hearts, the very thing that makes them unique.


How Does It Work?

HeartSmart is more than just a PSHE resource it is a toolkit to shape the whole school culture. It uses five principles with sticky language that are quick to implement, easy to remember and quickly become part of a child’s internal dialogue. Here are the HeartSmart High Five:

  1. Don’t Forget to Let Love in!
  2. Too Much Selfie isn’t Healthy!
  3. Don’t Rub it in, Rub it Out!
  4. Fake is a Mistake!
  5. ‘No Way Through’ isn’t True!

Here’s Dave explaining what each of these mean:


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