The 5 Keys approach is child-friendly and based on the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, a set of evidence-based actions recommended by the UK government to improve wellbeing.

The 5 Keys are the equivalent of 5 fruit and veg a day for your mental health.

In the UK, we have a strong public health message on 5 fruit and vegetables a day. What are these for happiness? What are the 5 things you can do every day to be happier?

The New Economics Foundation did a project for the government called the Foresight programme that involved lots of experts and drew on extensive scientific evidence from around the world. It came up with 5 positive actions that you can do every day to improve wellbeing in your life called the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’: Take Notice, Be Active, Connect, Keep Learning, Give. The government now recommends this as a proven evidence-based approach to improve wellbeing.

INSIDE OUT has made this approach relevant and engaging for young children with what we call the ‘5 Keys to Happiness’. Our evidence-based framework is used to improve wellbeing throughout the school and provides everyone with a common language for wellbeing education.” (Inside Out)



Further Information about the 5 Keys to Happiness can be found at:

5 Keys to Happiness Sets – Links to RSHE

Progression of Learning Outcomes – All Keys

Overview of RSHE covered – All Keys