Building resilience in school meant equipping students, parents and teachers with the skill-set, mindset and resources to build resilience and positive mental health at school, at home and in their studies. The programme is a Chartered Management Institute Recognised Programme and gave students access to CMI resource for 12 months. All in preparation for the 21st century work environment.
37 year 10 & 12 students attended 8 bite-size sessions focused on developing resilience skills. The sessions were mirrored for parents and teachers so everyone had a common language and skill set. Everyone also had full access to on-line and app based resources and teachers liked the fact that the programme is UKCPD service certified.
So, what was the impact?
Here's some highlights:
% of students noticed a positive change in their behaviour
% of parents noticed a behavioural change in their son
% of teachers saw a direct link between skills and mental health
"Our school is not just showing pupils how to get grades. As educators, we have a duty to guide them through their formative years, as they develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the real world. This unique and innovative course, based on building resilient students, parents and schools, has helped bring about better learning, emotional stability, stronger relationships and personal success for our students who participated in the course. Above all, it has introduced them to a common language and a means of communication that has enabled our boys, our staff and parents to better understand their own wellbeing and to cope with the pressures and stresses of the everyday demands in their busy lives."
Alun Watkins - Victoria College Headmaster
“The amazing thing about the course is it brings together students, teachers and parents all under the same course and really from our perspective in terms of helping pupils, the ability for staff and parents to really understand the challenges that pupils are facing.”
David Payne, Head of Sixth Form (taken from ITV news interview)
What did students think of the programme?
" Makes my mental health better and I know I am safe. I also like that it's a CMI recognised programme. That's a good thing."
“ The skills have taught me not to feel failure and tackle challenges head on.”
" There are many skills that I can pull out, not just for now, but in the future throughout my life and I can apply them to many things including my mental health. I can also share them with others to help them."
" It has helped me prepare for exams with a clearer mind & better revision. It has helped me with my stress and in arguments made it easier to communicate with people."
" The skills have made me more confident and optimistic so my stress levels are lower. "
“ I loved the fact that it’s a shared communication between the 3 sides. So often it breaks down and becomes parent and child, child and school or parent and school, so that shared communication actually helps. If they learn these skills at this age then hopefully they will become a habit rather than learning them in their 40’s. “
“ We need to get this rolled out to everyone. Who do we lobby to make that happen? ”
" I didn’t think I would learn anything from this course - What could you teach me? - But I have enjoyed it & learnt lots of really useful stuff ."
" Very valuable for everybody, not just for parents and sons but for parents and sons lives. There’s so many tools they can use for their future.”
" Our son has been teaching his sister the skills. We really like that. "
“ All the skills interlink and become embedded in the boys. It ’s a long slog after a day in lessons but the boys (and me) are definitely benefitting. Listening to the issues around mental health being discussed on the news this morning, I really believe that education for prevention will be far more effective than medication to find a cure when the horse has bolted, so to speak.”
“ The amazing thing about the course is it brings together students, teachers and parents all under the same course and really from our perspective in terms of helping pupils, the ability for staff and parents to really understand the challenges that pupils are facing.”
" It’s culture changing for the school community.”
“ The impact this training has had on my day-to-day life with students has been huge.”
“ I’m much more relaxed in everything I do.”
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