It started with an idea. An idea so simple we thought it had huge potential.
We took an idea to an inspirational Assistant Head teacher at Haute Vallee Secondary School and together we brought it to life. It turns out that this simple idea has huge potential and 12 months after the training the impact speaks for itself.
The simple idea was this:
We delivered 7-weekly resilience training sessions to a group of Haute Vallee Year 11 students in their final GCSE year together with the Assistant Head teacher and Head of Year 11. It was the same skills based resilience programme we deliver to teams and leaders in a diverse set of industries ranging from the NHS through to FTSE 100 companies.
- Lowered anxiety and improved exam grades.
- Helped students regulate and communicate their emotions better
- Helped one student transform his behaviour and go from walking out of classes to never missing a lesson since the training.
- Supported an Autistic student navigate school life.
And it didn’t stop there:
- We helped other students develop leadership ability so they could manage a whole school project
- Achieve their sporting dreams and focus on their goals
- The teachers involved talked about how their stress levels have lowered and why they believe the skills remove barriers to learning.
Together we achieved this and we need to tell people about it. Why?
Because there’s a lot at stake. Studies show that developing resilience has a positive influence on academic performance of undergraduates as well as their social and emotional wellbeing. That said, it is not always clear how to develop it with programmes and interventions focusing on strategies and theories. Our approach was different. Our approach is skills based.
Students of today are our future leaders and it’s vital we support them with the mind-set, skillset and resources to better manage their mental health, navigate challenges and setbacks and prepare them for future employability. We plan to showcase the impact of the training through a full case study and in the mean time you can watch and hear the Assistant Head talking about their outcomes in the video below.