Dr. Gilda Scarfe

CEO and Founder, Positive Ed Ltd

Dr. Gilda Scarfe is the CEO and Founder of Positive Ed a global and innovative educational consultancy using research to develop, implement and evaluate mental toughness, wellbeing and 21st-century skills in schools through programme design and pedagogical approaches. She has worked with teams across the private and state-funded schools to promote and embed positive psychology interventions as a whole school approach. Her work has included strategic planning for designing, delivering, and implementing wellbeing and mental toughness programmes in schools, framework redesign for primary and secondary schools, as well as strengths-based coaching using the VIA instrument. She has been responsible for the organisation and implementation of the Positive Psychology/Education strategy at several grammar schools in the UK, Singapore, UAE, Nigeria and Thailand and has supported the strategic direction and implementation of Illuminate Education a non-profit organisation promoting Positive Education initiatives. She is the Chair of Trustees for Yagazie Foundation in Nigeria, an NGO focused on the provision of enhanced education, clean environmental sanitation and quality health care program for Children in Plateau State, Nigeria.


Skills Development Training

14 November 2021 | 14:30 - 15:15 | English | Building student's mental toughness and curiosity to enhance emotional and academic resilience

In the face of an increasingly volatile, uncertain complex and ambiguous world, education can make the difference as to whether young people embrace the challenges they are confronted or whether they are defeated by them. A Mental Toughness programme for Key Stage 3 (age 11 to 14) was developed with the intent to promote and increase wellbeing, optimism, engagement and mental toughness in students. This study tracks the psychological wellbeing and mental toughness of secondary school students who participated in the pilot with very promising outcomes.

Wellbeing Space

15 November 2021 | 11:05 - 11:25 | English | How curiosity and attitude can lead to a resilient life

The curiosity of a child leads to so many interesting questions and activities but most importantly creates a solid base of experience on which to build a resilient life. Being curious, exploring new things, is also one of the best stress reducing strategies to deal with the complexities of life. Curiosity builds connections in our brains and increases the brain’s plasticity, which makes the brain more resistant to disease or age related damages.


GESS Talks Arena

15 November 2021 | 12:30 - 13:00 | English | The Case For Wellbeing In Schools

Wellbeing is an integral part of our education and human development. Wellbeing addresses various forms of inequity and empowers young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. Join us for this session, where we build a case for wellbeing on why it is essential and how easy it is to implement.

GESS Talks Arena

15 November 2021 | 14:00 - 14:20 | English | Human Flourishing and the Aims of Education

It is widely agreed that the ultimate aim both of education and of life is to flourish. Human flourishing is defined as an effort to achieve self-actualization and fulfilment within the context of a larger community of individuals. It comprises the uniqueness, dignity, diversity, freedom, happiness, and holistic wellbeing of the students within the education and community sphere. Achieving student flourishing is a life-long existential journey of hopes, achievements and coping. If we put the human flourishing as the central purpose of education it is first necessary to understand what human flourishing could mean and how education may contribute to the possibility that human beings lead flourishing lives.