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The well-being agenda

The nation’s best-known headmaster is probably Dr. Anthony Seldon.

Nick Seward

A regular voice on Radio 4, he runs Wellington College, is a voluble proponent of the sponsorship of academies by independent schools, and is Tony Blair’s biographer, among other things. He is also at the forefront of a movement to introduce lessons in happiness to school pupils. Ridicule has been a common response, but often from a shallow understanding of the intentions and philosophy which drives education in well-being. This is a serious and, in many ways, laudable attempt to grapple with some of the besetting ills of our society. There is much to admire, but also a great deal to challenge, and above all an opportunity for biblically orthodox Christians involved in education.