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Building resilience

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Resilience is the inner strength you have to bounce back from difficulties and not feel too overwhelmed. Protective factors such as a supportive family and a positive attitude increase resilience, whereas risk factors such as inadequate housing and low self-esteem increase vulnerability. Resilient individuals are less likely to give up when things get tough and are more able to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way.

Schools have a key opportunity to build resilience among children and young people.


Academic Resilience

Academic Resilience is an approach for schools devised by Lisa Williams and Professor Angie Hart and adopted by YoungMinds, who continues to work in partnership to develop the approach and support for schools. The website provides free, practical resources to help everyone in the school community set up and support pupils’ academic resilience. 

Public Health England have written a report on building children and young people’s resilience in schools highlighting good practice and effective interventions. 


Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness builds on these 5 ways to wellbeing, about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities and has added another five keys to happiness which come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.


Local Best Practice Example

Newent School - One Act of Kindness Shared – Project Oaks

The OAKS challenge – One Act of Kindness Shared, is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing actions and encourages students to complete a programme of actions with the support of their family. Students record their actions in any way they wish, pictures, photos. Before starting the challenge the students measure how they’re feeling, this is then compared to how they feel after the challenges are completed.
Most of the students found this activity a really positive experience and felt that they had learned a lot from it.

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