Gilda Scarfe is the CEO and Founder of Positive Action UK a leading and innovative educational consultancy using research to develop, impleme nt and evaluate mental toughness, wellbeing and 21st century skills in schools.
A positive psychology practitioner with MA in education, and over 15 years facilitating in business performance and education contexts, Gilda specialises in creating curriculums that are evidence based, meaningful, make a powerful impression and have a long lasting effect. An expert in helping young people understand
and effectively play to their character strengths through a series of positive psychology interventions.
She has worked with teams across the private and state funded schools to promote and
embed positive psychology interventions and mental toughness as a whole school
approach. Her work has included strategic planning for designing, delivering and
implementing of those programmes in schools framework redesign for primary,
secondary schools and universities as well as strengths-based coaching using the VIA
She has been responsible for the organisation and implementation of the Positive
Psychology/Education strategy at several schools and universities in the UK, Singapore,
UAE and Thailand and has supported the strategic direction and implementation of
Illuminate Education a non-profit organisation promoting Positive Education initiatives.
Gilda is currently a Global Ambassador for IPEN (International Positive Education
Network), member of IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association), member of
APA (American Psychology Association) and elect member by Rt Honorable Lord Pickles of
the Parliamentary Review. Gilda is a regular keynote speaker at education and psychology
Her dream is for every school in the UK to fully and seamlessly incorporate positive
education into their curriculum and application for students, families, and staff.
Passionate about improving wellbeing and mental toughness in education through
innovative yet simple and clear interventions, Gilda is always keen to bridge the gap
between academics and practitioners in making a practical and powerful impact to the
world of education.
“Gilda’s work has had a huge impact on students in both of our schools. She has an impressive understanding of the psychology of adolescence and the teaching and learning programmes she has devised,
together with the support she provides to teachers, have ensured that students have benefited positively from the Positive Action programme. Her one-to-one dealings with students, parents, teachers and school leaders are highly effective and reveal a commitment to a vision of education which aims to develop emotional resilience, mental toughness and intellectual courage in students. Importantly, she has convinced us of the need to integrate the Positive Action philosophy into the whole curriculum and to ensure that supporting students to understand of their own psychology and to build their self-awareness, self-regulation and self-efficacy are central and guiding principles of the school’s culture.
We are about to begin the third year of the programme and already we have fewer students reporting difficulties with anxiety, self-assessments indicate students are more optimistic and ambitious about their future (whilst remaining personally realistic) and academic assessments suggest a rising trend in standards.”
Dr Matthew Baxter, Executive Head Teacher Simon Langton Schools