Our Workshops

At HERO+, we offer workshops as extra-curricular opportunities for pupils which are in alignment with the Ofsted recommendation for personal development. Our workshops help to foster self-awareness, mindfulness, critical thinking and pro-social behaviour. Each workshop content interlinks with each other, but can be also booked as standalone.

Developing a Growth Mindset

Whether you wish for your students to explore their potential and embrace failure, your teachers to understand the exact science required to learn a new skill, or for your employees to be more confident, fulfilled, and productive, this lesson can help. Research by world-renowned psychologist, Dr.Carol Dweckshows that our mindset- the set of beliefs we have about whether our abilities can be grown or changed - profoundly impact the way we work, play, explore, and live. Trainees will learn why limiting beliefs occur, how they can be changed, and what meaningful strategies they can use to take their skills to the next level. This discussion is held in the context of improving the world, increasing trainees' beliefs that their daily efforts to navigate challenges and failures and seek triumphs are valid and that doing these things can help make the world a better place. Available now. Powered by HIP.

Bias Reduction

Bias Reduction- Combatting Stereotype, Prejudice and Discrimination:Implicit and explicit biases affect us negatively every day, no matter what race, gender, or culture with whom one identifies. We once used biases to make snap judgments that were crucial to our very survival, but in the modern day, these cognitive functions have created rampant social problems, resulting in damaging “us and them” mentalities that have been the cause of racial and cultural divides for generations. This workshop employs self-affirming activities to lead groups kindly into safe spaces for sensitive discussions. Although global social issues are touched on, facilitators keep the conversation “local” - discussing how bias affects us as individuals as well as our community. Trainees learn how to spot their own implicit bias and what strategies they can use to change them as well as how they can reassure and support friends and students and exclude damaging biased behaviour from the social norm. Available from September 2019. Powered by HIP.

Combatting Bystander Effect

The opposite of a hero is not a villain - it is a ‘bystander’ - an individual who does nothing during adverse situations. Not only does this allow for bad things to happen, bystanders often actually exacerbate the danger of these situations. Since the majority of people in the world are not “victims” or “bullies”, but are people who mind their own business and do nothing, we focus on mobilizing this majority for good. We do this by teaching trainees how automatic human tendencies and social influence can shape our decisions causing us to act in ways that can be harmful to ourselves and others. Trainees learn how bystander behaviour has occurred at the macro and micro level throughout history as well as how to identify bystander behaviour in various scenarios and what can be done to prevent it in oneself and in others. This discussion also examines how friends can help each other become upstandersthrough reassurance and holding courageous conversations. Available from September 2019. Powered by HIP.

Enabling Self-expression

Self-expression starts at understanding how we define ourselves and how we convey our ideas of ourselves to the world and others. Research in personality psychology shows that our self-concepts are driven by cognition, are embedded in our sense of self-agency and sense of belonging. Self-concepts and interactions with the environment fuel our sense of identity and that can change over time or due to circumstances. In a globalised world, identity is often influenced through multicultural societies we live in. In order to find and express your authentic voice, we will be exploring underlying psychological concepts and accelerate your students’ individual experiences through creative writing exercises. Creative writing enables the students to retrieve contemporary ideas about themselves by making them tangible. Being able to express yourself increases mindfulness, is self-empowering and self-affirmative. Available from November 2019. Exclusive to HERO+.


Why us?



Reinforcing our Commitment

HERO+ offers interactive HIP workshops that use an multimedia approach to teach and explore together with young people how to leverage insights from applied social psychology to improve well-being, pro-social action, resilience and mindfulness. These HIP workshops have been successfully implemented by our International partners in almost 3,000 schools globally and have reached more than 72,000 students in 2018. HERO+ now offers this programme exclusively in the United Kingdom.

In alignment with Ofsted recommendation for personal development

Relevance for your school

HERO+ trains young people to take effective action when facing challenging situations. The program builds confidence, resilience, mindfulness, inter-social skills and civil courage. The HERO+ workshop programme provides extra-curricular opportunities for your school and students which are in alignment with the Ofsted recommendation (January, 2019) for personal development. The personal development category focuses on moral, social and cultural development with opportunities to grow as active, healthy and engaged citizens.

Recommendations for target groups in schools

Who does benefit the most?

•Students who may not currently feel confident and empowered, from disadvantaged backgrounds 
•Student council
•Young leadership teams
•Psychology students 
•Students those intending to take psychology at university ( as a unique selling point of their university applications)
•A diverse range of students who will be able to act as role models and share their learning with others in the form of assemblies

Case Study: Workshop efficacy

Workshops lead to tangible outcomes

In November 2017, our HIP partners in Porto, Portugal began to collect data to measure the efficacy of the HIP Bystander module at a local high school. Their shared their findings with us in January 2019. The study: 228 students participated with 4 classes serving as the experimental group and 4 as the control group. Each class in the experimental group received 5 HIP lessons. 

Surveys: The ProsocialTendencies Measure (Carlo & Randall, 2002) and the Self-Report Altruistic Scale (Rushton, Chrisjohn&Fekken, 1981) 


Results: Results demonstrated significant differences between the experimental and their control groups for their scores on both the Self-report Altruism Scale (p = 0.024) and the Altruism Factor of the ProsocialTendencies Measure (p = 0.01). Those who participated in the HIP workshops had higher levels of altruistic attitudes and behaviours. Focus groups confirmed the students enjoyment of the program and belief that they were more equipped to take action in a challenging situation.. 


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