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Andy Cope

Andy Cope is the author of the famous Spy Dog books, a trainer and keynote speaker. He is an expert in positive psychology and happiness, which led him to develop The Art of Being Brilliant. This is delivered in various forms as workshops for businesses, conferences, teachers and teenagers. It has also informed the thinking behind his brilliant books.

Click here to listen in on Andy’s podcast with Pivotal Education - ‘Being Brilliant!’.

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Publications by Andy Cope

The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher

Teaching is an art; with the right techniques, guidance, skills…

The Art of Being a Brilliant NQT

Everything a NQT always wanted to know about starting their…

The Art of Being a Brilliant Middle Leader

The Art of Being a Brilliant Middle Leader by Gary…

The Art of Being A Brilliant Primary Teacher

On a good day, being a primary school teacher is…

The Art of Being a Brilliant Classroom Assistant

The Art of Being a Brilliant Classroom Assistant is a…

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Breaking News

August 29 2017

We respectfully interrupt your day to bring you some breaking news: Our Andy has finally got his PhD.

You know how some people become Doctors because they’re God’s gift to academia. Well he’s not one of them.

DrCopeThe fact that it’s taken him 12 years gives you a clue. Andy’s PhD is a lesson in everything we talk about in our workshops; effort, positivity, resilience, huge goals and personal responsibility. In the end, we think Andy just ground them down?

While he’s mulling over whether to be called ‘Dr Happy’ or ‘Dr FeelGood’ one thing’s for sure; there may be 120,000 big words in his thesis, but there are none in our workshops and keynotes.

And in true celebratory style, we’ve decided to team up with Shonette Bason-Wood and run the UK’s first ever Happiness Festival!

The event is taking place in June 2018, at Old Trafford in Manchester, and with room for 1200 people, we thing it's going to be huge!

Tickets are available online now at the Festival of Happiness 2018 Eventbright webpage.

You can expect bags of science, loads of fun as well as a fabulous opportunity to learn and apply some simple principles that will transform your life.

The Festival of Happiness is a not-for-profit event. The aim is to cover the costs of the Old Trafford venue, hence the tickets are priced so anyone can attend. Any surplus money will be donated to charity.

What happens when you get 1000 positive people in a room? Nobody knows, because it’s never been done before. The only way to find out is to BE THERE.

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A rather large happiness thought

July 19 2017

What would you do if you had three minutes to live?

I suspect you’d fall in line with the classic joke and wouldn’t bother boiling an egg?

You might go berserk and rush around screaming at the unfairness of it all, but on reflection, I hope you’d use your three minutes more wisely. The chances are you’d tell people closest to you that you loved them. You’d get out into the garden and watch the clouds. You might sit and contemplate - pray a bit maybe? Listen to your favourite song, being careful to choose a short one. Eat some cake. Guzzle a cold beer. Make love (I’m resisting the urge to say that in three minutes, if we cut out the small talk and foreplay, you could do it twice). Or, if that’s stretching it, you’d at least have a hug, most likely a very long, lingering embrace in which you can feel the love transferring.

I guess it’s pretty hard to say because it depends where and with whom you are for your three minutes. But the bigger question might be how many of those things did you do today?

The happiness conundrum comes from the fact that you already know what makes you happy but, whatever it is, you tend not to do it quite as often as you should.

And that conundrum is wrapped in another - many people want to change the world; they don’t want to change themselves.

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