About us

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The  Guide to Life has been created in partnership by Team +, Livewell and Emile Education to assist teachers to help their students’ wellbeing.

Team + & Livewell have created an approach to wellbeing that they delivered themselves into over 50 schools in 2018/19. This approach has evolved into a full wellbeing and recovery course that covers the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum and the Health Education curriculum. 

Emile Education has turned this course into a full online program that teachers can deliver without worrying. 


Darren Padgett - Team+

Darren is the heart and soul of Guide to Life, he created this mission with a vision to ensure people get more from their lives.

Darren brings with him 40 years of teaching experience, at both primary and secondary level. He has spent his career working tirelessly to offer children opportunities to become healthier, both mentally and physically, to give them the best start in life.

Darren’s innovative spirit and creativity captures the imagination of children who might not normally engage in wellbeing activities; his spirited and resourceful nature has been the driving force behind the creation of Guide to Life; developing a platform that will make a real and long lasting impact in the lives of children.

Darren’s experiences include: 20 years Head of PE, Sport & physical wellbeing / 10 years School Sport Partnership Manager / founder of Team Activ, Team+, Guide to Life / Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Alumni / 2012 Daily Telegraph & Aviva School Sport Hero / 2014 Yorkshire Post Community Business of the Year.

Sarah Wray - Livewell

Sarah is an experienced teacher and Headteacher, with over 20 years of experience in primary schools; her passion is mental and emotional wellbeing; to help people to thrive not just survive.

Sarah brings her experience of developing both staff and children’s wellbeing as a priority, alongside her own journey into holistic health and wellbeing as a way of looking after her own mental health and that of her family.

With a range of professional qualifications, as well as her knowledge, skills and passion, Sarah brings a unique approach to Guide to Life. We have built the Guide to demonstrate the difference we can all make to all lives through increased self-awareness, liberating ourselves from limiting beliefs and habits, and proactively looking after our wellbeing. The Guide is designed to inspire and empower you and your school community to reflect and build new and increased insights and perspectives, and develop the power of positive mindset and resilience.

Sarah’s qualifications include:
Clinical Hypnotherapy with an Anxiety Specialism, Emotional Freedom Technique Trainer
and Practitioner, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, Mental Health First


Team + has been established for over 10 years; initially focusing on delivering PE & school sport in over 100 schools in Yorkshire. 

Team+ has slowly transformation into wellbeing from school sport began  over 5 years ago with work with a number of blue-chip companies. 

Team+ are now bringing their expertise in culture and school life together in the Guide to Life. 

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Emile Education


Emile Education makes a number of award winning games-based learning resources for schools.  

The Emile range of resources has been developed by a group of teachers, academics and game developers. Together we have developed and supplied games-based learning resources to over 15% of the primary schools in the UK & Ireland.

Our range of resources are all underpinned by robust pedagogical research and are tested rigorously by teachers in real classrooms.