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Light Education Training has been delivering award winning programmes since 2014.


About Light Education Training 

Vanessa McHardy is a leading Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with 20+ years experience with a speciality for bringing Life Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing Programmes to school communities. Vanessa has returned to New Zealand after 30 years in the UK, She has a wealth of experience of delivering these services and in the height of the pandemic wellbeing has come into focus and she works globally delivering online to Europe, America, Hong Kong, Australasia.

Kim Rihal is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur with over two decades experience in education and local government. Initially the Assistant Virtual School Head at the London Borough of Islington before becoming the Virtual School Head at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. She then focused on building her first social venture, a team of 20 and 1,000 tutors delivering one to one tuition to children with adverse childhood experiences and those with special educational needs and disabilities. Kim has vast experience of growing high performing teams and then went on to be nominated as the Mayor of London’s Future Leader in Education due to her passion, commitment and impact for young people across the city. Kim has been recognised for her work by NatWest WISE100 as Social Business Leader of the Year, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2023, Euclid Network (EN) and The Top 50 Häagen-Dazs Rose Project Nominee. 


Support in reducing general anxiety 


Normalise learning and asking for help


Support participants to respond to triggers rather than react


Support you to learn how to calm your body 


You are amazing

If you can’t believe the fact you are amazing, our programmes leave you with no doubt that you...

  • Have an amazing science to your body, like blow your mind amazing

  • You will know what you love and can focus on bringing this to your life, you can value it and appreciate your qualities. ​

Happy Children

About the WHATPONU Program

​Super practical and fun.

Teaching the basics of neuroscience, of what stress does to the brain and making this understanding explicit then creates the cornerstone of knowing why and then how to support your body to stay open and relaxed in order to learn new information.

Grandma and Grandchild in Embrace

The WHATPONU programme brings understanding and opens everyone, young and old up to their potential.


A very simple training for schools, 60 mins and your staff are ready to implement the program.

  • Provides your staff with a system that your whole school can use that increases vocabulary and understanding of feelings in the body and emotions.

  • Quickly identifies children who are struggling and gives you unified strategies to support them

  • ​​Every year when you start a new class with a new teacher, the system is the same and this massively supports all children to be less anxious. 


Whole school communication system
Award Winning, Islington Mental Health in Schools Time to Talk 2017 

 1 –  5 How are you feeling Scale

Light Education Training Committments

We operate a unique model. Light Education Training is committed above all to impact in pursuit of its social mission. We use 50% of the profits from our corporate clients to fund places for children with adverse life experiences to further our mission. We offer these places to schools in order of expression of interest. 

If you are a school who is interested in part funded places please email the UK CEO. 

Who we have worked with 

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