This Primary resilience package will empower students by building their character and greatly enhance their motivation and learning capability.
Today children live in a world which can cause them a great deal of stress and uncertainty. While the advent of social media and sometimes negative peer feedback can pressurise children to conform to unrealistic stereotypes. This programme is designed to underpin positive mental health by making children aware of what they can control in their lives and giving them the understanding and strategies to build their resilience.
The underlying principles of the package are derived from 'Self Determination Theory' which emphasises that for people to fulfil their potential they need to focus on four key areas: having a sense or purpose, building supportive relationships, gaining self mastery and having autonomy (making personal choices).'I think there are things that we can all do to build resilience in ourselves, but also to build resilience in each other'
These principles have been developed into book 'Building Resilience - The 7 Steps to Creating Highly Successful Lives' which we have expanded into 10 individual sessions for students. Each session has a set of teacher guidance notes for planning, a PowerPoint and a student workbook.
The steps include:
1. Place - How to step out of your comfort zone.
2. Passion - How to recognise you strengths and develop personal interests.
3. Purpose - How to take your interest and make a personal contribution to the world.
4. People - How to build a support team.
5. Planning - How to develop plans for success.
6. Positive Mindset - How to be positive through self talk, affirmations & being grateful.
7. Physical Action - How to make things happen and maintain physical health.
The benefits of the programme include enhanced well being, building self esteem, greater aspirations, more positive relationships and an ability to plan and take the action necessary to achieve the results your students want in life.
"The G.R.O.W. model has been used as part of a school behaviour strategy. Each of the 4 steps were easily understood by the children because of the simple and specific questioning approach. It was useful to then share The G.R.O.W. model with parents in order to reinforce the strategy."
Treorchy Primary School
"We have seen a positive impact on all children who worked on the coaching program. During work, in all areas of the curriculum, they have demonstrated improved resilience and they now have a toolkit of strategies to work through the challenges of daily life in a school day. We have also seen an impact in the social interactions of the children during playtime and lunchtimes, with children using a coaching method to support peers through social difficulties."
Rudston Primary School
"My group of learners enjoyed the mind-mapping activities. A particularly successful session involved the children working in mixed ability groups. They were focused and engaged on the activity and once they had a sound understanding of the purpose of the mind mapping techniques were used for more complex subjects and topics."
"We adapted the principles of The Chimp Paradox in order to differentiate for younger learners. The main learning for the children was to realise that their negative self talk can prevent them from making progress and they can choose positive self talk. All children of all abilities were able to understand, articulate and use personal positive self talk examples."
"The concentration ideas and resources were valuable when I had a group of learners with short concentration spans. Games are always powerful tools for learning but these specific games helped my group of learners who were finding concentrating difficult. They settled immediately during registration, they knew what they needed to do and they found success which further promoted longer concentration."
"The resilience strategies have enabled the children to recognise steps to success. As a result they have made excellent progress through their personal effort. As a school we intend to celebrate the progress made by individuals by giving resilience awards."
Treorchy Primary School