Resilience in Our Schools

What is Academic Resilience?

Academic resilience means students achieving good educational outcomes despite adversity. For schools, promoting it involves strategic planning and detailed practice involving the whole school community to help vulnerable young people do better than their circumstances might have predicted.

What students are we talking about?

All students will have to cope with some adversity. That is part of life. .However students who experience multiple disadvantages (e.g. poor home life, poverty, domestic violence, young carers, those being bullied, refugee and asylum seekers, young people with special educational or complex needs), face greater challenges in school than most students. This website supports school to ‘step up’ the things they do to have greater impact on the achievements of their most vulnerable pupils. All students will benefit from a school wide approach to increasing academic resilience – but vulnerable students will benefit the most.

What will the approach do?

The approach offers a pick and mix of activities from whole school assessment; individual risk identification and planning tools; resources for use in class; links and information for every member of the school community, and guidance on commissioning of services. We will show you how to encourage a culture across the whole school which promotes academic resilience at every opportunity. The tools developed as part of this approach will be linked to the research evidence base around academic attainment and resilience, and draw on good practice examples from schools to demonstrate how to put the principles of promoting academic resilience into practice.

Tools and information will be available on the Young Minds Website.

Information supplied to parents at the EHWB Meeting on this January can be downloaded by clicking the links on the right hand side of this page.