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Insights from Britain's Happiest School: Flakefleet Primary's Inspirational Journey

In the dynamic world of education, Flakefleet Primary School has emerged as a true source of inspiration, reshaping the way we perceive learning. Led by the visionary leadership of Dave McPartlin, the school's unwavering focus on psychological safety has triggered remarkable transformations that hold valuable lessons for educators everywhere.

Our founder, Neil Moggan, first came across their brilliant story of transformation when Dave McPartlin spoke at the Liverpool School Sports Partnership Conference in March 2023, and went to visit to see what lessons we could learn from Britain’s Happiest School 2019.

Nurturing Happiness: Elevating Psychological Safety

Flakefleet Primary places paramount importance on cultivating a safe and inclusive environment. Through ingenious initiatives such as prioritising relationships, encouraging their children to dare to dream and a community café, the school has nurtured a strong sense of belonging and empowerment. This ethos has resulted in increased student engagement, a notable decrease in behavioural issues, and a profound enthusiasm for learning that extends beyond the classroom.

Empowering Hearts and Minds: Recognising the Significance of Emotional Wellbeing

The wisdom of Professor Barry Comforter resonates deeply within the corridors of Flakefleet Primary: "Unhappy children can't learn." The school's journey is a poignant reminder that fostering emotional wellbeing is pivotal for effective education. It reinforces the idea that a secure and supportive environment is a cornerstone of unlocking students' true potential. The coziest little bedroom in their nurture space is just one example of the way they ensure their children’s needs are met when they are exhausted and need a sleep so that they can come back re energised.

A Catalyst for Change: Pioneering Educational Transformation

Amidst the backdrop of traditional educational norms, Flakefleet Primary School stands as a testament to the transformative potential of change. Echoing the spirit of Dave McPartlin, the school advocates for reform, challenging established paradigms and advocating for improved educational practices. Its accomplishments serve as a testament to the remarkable outcomes achievable when innovation, determination, and the welfare of students are at the forefront.


Beyond the Textbooks: The Art of Holistic Growth and Wellbeing

Flakefleet Primary's journey exemplifies the holistic nature of authentic education. Every facet of the school, from its carefully curated physical spaces to the ambiance created by thoughtful lighting and decor, contributes to an environment that in parts feels akin to a nice hotel. This intentional approach shapes the school into a haven where students can thrive academically and emotionally.

Dare to Dream: Encouraging Bold Aspirations

Flakefleet Primary's dedication to nurturing students' dreams holds a profound significance. By urging students to transcend limitations and embrace their aspirations, the school ignites a spark of possibility and determination. Through local partnerships and the cultivation of an ambition-driven culture, Flakefleet Primary School creates fertile ground for the pursuit of excellence. This is so important when the school is based in an area of very high unemployment.

A Harmonious Approach: Integrating Academic and Personal Development

Flakefleet Primary's philosophy is that academic and pastoral care are inherently intertwined. The school's achievements mirror the impact of investing in the holistic growth of students and staff. Initiatives like a community coffee shop extend a welcoming hand to foster social cohesion and provide support to the wider community.

In summary, Flakefleet Primary School's remarkable journey, steered by Dave McPartlin's visionary leadership, offers profound lessons in nurturing happiness within the educational context.


By embracing emotional wellbeing, fuelling dreams, and prioritising holistic development, the school redefines conventional education norms and serves as a guiding light for educators around the globe. The road to a more enriching educational future is paved with these invaluable insights from Britain's happiest school.


Curious About Creating Psychological Safety and a Sense of Belonging in PE?

If you are looking to implement a similar approach in your Physical Education department then check out our ‘Trauma Informed PE’ online teacher training course. It is a Tailored Evidence-Based Approach that guides you in creating a Relationship-Centric Approach in 7 simple steps.

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