Based on her experience as the mother of children with severe heart conditions, Frederika left a successful recruitment career to become a happiness and resilience speaker, author and Laughter Yoga Leader. She has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast, ITV Calendar News, BBC and other radio stations all over the UK, and featured and quoted in various publications. She is also a guest blogger for Huffington Post UK, author of 'Recipe for Happiness' and co-author of 'Character Toolkit for Teachers'. She is studying towards and MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is European Representative for IPPAed (the education division of the International Positive Psychology Association).
Frederika knows a thing or two about happiness and resilience. Between them, her daughters have had two cardiac arrests, three open heart surgeries and countless hospital stays, both planned and unplanned, over the years. In her professional life, she has been a secondary school teacher of French and German, has taught English and Italian to adults and spent 12 years working in recruitment. She has set up, run and closed small businesses. She believes in savouring every morsel life has to offer, making the most of the good times and using simple strategies to bounce back and overcome challenges, big and small.
There is ample research to support the value of working on children’s well-being, resilience and happiness, not just for their own merits, but because these lead to higher academic achievement. Frederika, in her work as a speaker and as co-founder of a character education programme, challenges children of all ages, as well as their teachers and parents, to take responsibility for their emotional well-being. She leaves her audiences energised, enthused and inspired to take action to work on their own happiness, leading them to achieve more success in all areas of their lives and having a lot more fun along the way.
Frederika has extensive experience of delivering presentations and workshops (including Laughter Yoga) to children from KS2 upwards, including 6th Form, as well as to parents and teachers (twilight CPD sessions as well as half day INSET sessions).
Of dual - Italian and German - nationalities, Frederika was born in Italy and later grew up in Luxembourg. She moved to the UK to study at the University of Bradford, where she obtained her Business and Management degree and met her husband. She speaks fluent Italian, French, German and English and a little bit of slightly 'rusty' Spanish and Luxembourgish. Frederika lives in Yorkshire with her husband as they learn to enjoy life as "empty nesters".
"Frederika was an outstanding key note speaker for our LIFE Leadership conference. The main focus for our event was mental health and wellbeing, for teachers and students, and Frederika provided a very motivational speech, providing some of our delegates with some great ideas which they can take back to their own schools."– Julian Dutnall, CEO LIFE Education Trust
"Frederika provided valuable CPD for our tutors with so much to read on positivity. It was great to get practical advice and tips."
– Stuart Murphy, Head of Year 8/9, Surbiton High School
"Frederika was refreshingly positive and energetic in her presentation and held our 115 Year 7 students’ attention over the course of two hours (no mean feat) with her interesting and interactive workshop. She was impressively organised, efficient in her setting up and clearing away and clear in her expectations from us. In fact the pre-workshop communication was really helpful, as nothing was unexpected. Many of our students said later (as well as to Frederika I think?) how they had enjoyed it and felt it was useful – what more can we ask?"– Amy Lemon, Assistant Head of Year 7, Nottingham High School
"Thank you so much for giving us such a happy and positive INSET with lots of super ideas to use, both personally and in school, to improve our wellbeing. Wonderful!"– Anastasia Micklethwaite, Director of Music, Sedbergh Prep School
"A fascinating hour. The topics discussed were so very relevant in the world we live in. Thoroughly recommended."– Dan Harrison, Headmaster, Sedbergh School
"A really useful workshop to start the academic year with. Frederika energised both myself & the staff to take character education and to employ a character toolkit within our school."– R. Barnett, Headteacher, Westholme Junior School
"Frederika ran her 'Recipe for Happiness' workshop with our Upper Sixth students. On hearing that they were going to spend the afternoon thinking about happiness many were somewhat sceptical; however within seconds they were on the edge of their seats, as they listened to Frederika’s remarkable story. Throughout the afternoon the activities were varied, engaging and down right fun! The feedback from students was outstanding and I would recommend Frederika as an addition to any Sixth Form enrichment programme."– C Rogerson, Head of Sixth Form, Hill House School
"What an inspirational lady – her enthusiasm was infectious during both our organisational correspondence, as well as delivering the brilliant sessions she created for both the whole year group and smaller focus groups. The students responded so positively towards her and the feedback we received with regards to their happiness diaries was extremely complimentary. Well worth organising a session. Fred also has experience in teaching and so was great with students. This means that you could even participate in some of the activities!"– Hannah Rockcliff, Year 10 Tutor, The Hayfield School
"A major challenge facing schools in 2016 is to promote pupil well-being. I was therefore immediately interested when one of our Year 13 Media Studies students told me about a contact she had found with somebody who gave a presentation based on ‘Happiness’. So it was that Frederika Roberts arrived to address our boarding students. The two presentations – to pupils of different ages – were similar, but adapted appropriately to the two audiences. Drawing on her personal experiences, Frederika identified three simple ways in which each person could cope with the inevitable pressures of life and therefore improve their overall happiness. The feedback from pupils and staff was very positive: Frederika had fully engaged each audience, covering potentially ‘tricky’ material in a sensitive and entertaining manner. The overall judgment by the pupils was that their time had been well-spent and that the presentations had been “useful and fun”. We look forward to welcoming Frederika Roberts back to Ratcliffe College, so that other pupils may benefit from her work."– Graham Sharpe, Assistant Head, Ratcliffe College
"Frederika gave a fascinating talk to the Giggleswick School sixth form last Thursday about her recipe for happiness. It was a very personal story about how she coped with a very difficult set of circumstances and went on to adopt a lifestyle which focuses on happiness, rather than any negative issues. The students were all highly engaged by her talk and many of them have gone on to do her happiness challenge. Frederika was highly professional but also very approachable and the student feedback from her talk has been excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending Frederika to other schools and her talk was certainly worth the fee."– Paul Adams, Teacher and Work Experience Coordinator, Giggleswick School
"Fred designed a Year Group assembly for us and followed this up with “Happiness Workshops” for years 10 and 12. Students rushed to sign-up for these and the feedback received from them was outstanding. As a qualified teacher and a mother of two teenagers, Fred “totally gets” this area and is expert in engaging young minds. Her work with us has had real impact and I am sure has created a very useful legacy some students."– Rick Huddart, Assistant Head, The Hayfield School
"An uplifting training session providing a good mix of theory and practical application. It gave me food for thought and left me with a smile on my face."– Kath Follett, Class Teacher, Sedbergh Prep School
"We thought she was very good, well prepared and organised. Kids liked the interactive tasks and for a lively group she maintained them well for 1hour 40 mins."– Fraser Henderson, Deputy Head of Middle School, Hull Collegiate School
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