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Emotion Coaching

Resources for Professionals, Parents and Carers


" Emotion Coaching with Children and Young People in Schools"

This seminal book by Louise Gilbert, Licette Gus, and Janet Rose explores the 'what', 'why', and 'how' of Emotion Coaching. It was shortlisted for the 'Best Books for Educators Summer 2021'.


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 This 30 minute webinar about Emotion Coaching describes, why we need Emotion Coaching, what it is (and what it is not) and how to do it. 

This short 5 minute white board animation serves as an introduction to Emotion Coaching.  It might be of interest to people who want a quick idea of what is Emotion Coaching. 

Different emotional styles - The 'Ethan' series of videos

In this series of videos, an adolescent boy Ethan struggles to remain focussed on the task set for him in class. In each video his class teacher illustrates one of the emotional styles we use to respond to emotions in others: emotion disapproving, emotion dismissing, laissez-faire, and emotion coaching. At the end of each video, a guide supports reflection about the style depicted and the impact the interaction has upon Ethan, the teacher, and the other pupils.   

The Hand Model of the Brain

An animated adaptation of Dr. Dan Siegel's original concept, 'The Hand Model of the Brain' is aimed at children and young people, as well as the adults who interact with them.

In this video links are made between how the body, brain and emotions work together to support our responses to stress. 


This animation started with a naturally occurring conversation between a mother and her 6 year old daughter about what school exclusion means, after reading a story together where this theme came up.

It highlights the importance of the child's voice and of listening to children's views about how adults in schools might respond to pupil behaviour: by using the behaviour they see as a step to wondering what emotions the child might be experiencing. 


A Case Study

In 2020/21 Emotion Coaching UK worked with the Wensum Trust to support the development of Emotion Coaching across all their eleven schools – infant, junior, primary and secondary schools. Emotion Coaching is seen by the Trust as fundamental in completing the jigsaw to achieve their ambition for every one of their schools to be Attachment Aware and Trauma Responsive.


It fits effortlessly under the umbrella of promoting early life mental health. Along with all Wensum Trust schools, Acle Academy has been on a journey for several years developing their understanding and practices towards achieving the Trust’s goal before incorporating Emotion Coaching. 

 In this video, Nic Bliss (Assistant Principal, Acle High School) shares an honest and reflective account. He highlights persistent questioning and revisiting of what the school does to support their pupils.

Lego Hand Model of the Brain 

In 2017, 13 year old Fraser Sutherland's mother explained the hand model of the brain to him. This physical/visual model gives a simple representation of how the body, brain and emotions are linked. Children and young people (and adults!) find the hand model of the brain useful in developing their understanding of emotional regulation. Fraser subsequently made a Lego animation to demonstrate his understanding of the concepts explained to him.  We are delighted to share this with you.

1. Comic Strip Conversations with an Emotion Coaching emphasis 

These materials are inspired by the work of the Speech and Language Therapy Team attached to Hackney Youth Offending Service, the books by Carol Gray, and the Elklan approaches to Speech and Language Support for 11 - 16 year olds. This has been generously provided to us by one of our Practitioner Trainers, Laura Stagg from the Education Development Trust. (Scroll on the image to access the PDF.)

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2.Emotion Coaching at home: what's going on, what to say and do 
3. Curriculum Support - Materials

Kirklees Educational Psychology Team in collaboration with Emotion Coaching UK have put together a package of resources based on Emotion Coaching to help school staff with supporting all pupils. The development of the materials was prompted in response to COVID-19 when many pupils spent long periods of time away from school. 


We are delighted to be able to share the link to these resources with you.  Please click the following link which will take you to the resources:


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The Kirklees Curriculum Resource package includes:

PowerPoint session

‘An Introduction to Emotion Coaching to support with transition.’ 

This learning and development tool for school staff includes an audio.  It outlines the key principles of Emotion Coaching. It is suggested that school staff go through this in order to support them in delivering the following lesson resources. 

Key Stage 1 

1. Emotions and regulation (2 lessons)
2. Empathy (1 lesson)
3. Hand model of the brain (1 lesson)


Key Stage 2 
1. Emotions and regulation (2 lessons)
2. Empathy (1 lesson)
3. Hand model of the brain (1 lesson)


Key Stage 3 
1. Emotions and regulation (1 lesson)
2. Empathy (1 lesson)
3. Hand model of the brain (1 lesson)

Key Stage 4 
1. Emotions and regulation (1 lesson)
2. Empathy (1 lesson)
3. Hand model of the brain (1 lesson)

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4. Problem Solving Ideas
Regulation Station Poster 

Children are supported in the classroom to develop their ability to notice how their body is feeling, linking this to emotions they might
be feeling and then identifying ways in which they can restore calm and self-regulation.  


This idea was developed in support of Step 4
of Emotion Coaching - problem solving.

Policy Guidance and exemplars

Developing an Attachment Aware Behaviour Regulation Policy. 

Guidance for Brighton & Hove Schools

"The purpose of the guidance is to promote a move away from traditional behaviour management approaches which often place huge emphasis on rewards and punishments linked to behaviour towards a more humanist, relational and universal approach, which is inclusive for all and can benefit the whole school community.  It is intended to encourage schools to develop their behaviour policies in line with Attachment Aware principles... and to ensure that their Behaviour Regulation Policy translates into whole school practice."


Sarah Ahmed

Assistant Principal 

Educational Psychologist

Brighton & Hove, September 2018.

Educational Policies Consistent With Emotion Coaching

Acle Academy, Norfolk

Acle Academy is a secondary school for 11-16 year olds and is part of the Wensum Trust.  The school firmly believes that children learn and make the most progress in an environment where they feel safe, well supported and cared for and where learning opportunities are maximised by adults who the students feel genuinely care about their progress and wellbeing.  The school pursues its aim to promote positive mental health and welling for every student and staff member by adopting a pro-active, humanist approach to relationships and a restorative approach to repairing conflict. 

Endeavour Federation, Manchester

Three schools in Manchester who cater for KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils who experience signficant social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Endeavour Federation's vision is to provide therapeutic environments where pupils feel safe and secure and can then explore and enjoy learning Ibn order to reach their full potential. 

Neroche Primary School, Somerset

"Our vision and expectations of Live and Learn for life by being the best that you can be and showing that you care underpins our whole school approach to behaviour at Neroche. This policy aims to promote positive behaviour through the ongoing development of pupil’s emotional regulation and awareness"

Preston Park Primary School, Brent, London


"We are safe, happy and kind at Preston ParkWe ignite a love of learning that will last a lifetime.  We are curious learners confident to take risks.  We are world changers!


Supporting Health Professionals' Use of Emotion Coaching in Northamptonshire
Between September 2019 and July 2020 an iterative training programme supported a group of Northamptonshire health professionals to implement Emotion Coaching (EC) into work practices. The aim was to develop and sustain EC practice use across children's health services teams. The training programme was part of a country-wide project focused on children's resiliency and ameliorating the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

The training programme included an initial EC training session for 186 Health Professionals; including health visitors, school nurses, nursery nurses and others working within Universal Health Services for Children. Within the training process, a small group of EC Champions was identified. Their role would be to support and sustain EC practice, by acting as a source of expertise in EC knowledge and practice within their team.

Licette Gus, Dr Sarah Modi, Dr Kirsten Krawczyk, Dr Louise Gilbert and William Stacy. March 2021

Supporting Adults to Develop Emotion Coaching in Schools
This evaluation report examined a project carried out in an ethnically diverse cluster of schools in London: a secondary school and its 5 feeder primary  schools.  The aim of the project was to support the development of pupil social, emotional and mental health through adult increased awareness, competency and use of Emotion Coaching as part of the school day.  Emotion Coaching provided a structure for staff to operationalise or know "how to do" relationships with pupils in their everyday encounters with them.  These ongoing relationships benefited pupil emotional development.  The training supported both staff and pupil intra-and inter-personal emotional competencies and relationships: adult-pupil and pupil-pupil relationships and communication were enhanced".

Licette Gus, Educational Psychologist and co-founder of Emotion Coaching UK, May, 2018

Helpful ideas when introducing Emotion Coaching as a whole school approach in Primary Schools
Implementation advice derived from a small scale survey by Licette Gus and Laura Meldrum-Carter (2016).

How to Introduce Emotion Coaching in Secondary Schools
Implementation advice derived from small scale survey by Licette Gus and Laura Meldrum-Carter (2016).

Personal Practice Development

Reflective Log
This blank proforma can be of use to help support the development of your Emotion Coaching skills.

Reflective Log examples

An opportunity to read of other's reflective log entries

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