Academic Resilience resources directory

Academic Resilience resources directory

Academic Resilience resources

Evidence for the resilience-attainment link (doc)
Resilience Framework (pdf)
Interactive Resilience Framework – with supporting information (pdf)
Pictorial Resilience Framework for children with learning difficulties (ppt)
The Resilient Classroom (pdf) – bite-size, downloadable activities for 20 minute sessions, useful for PSHE or tutor group sessions
Resilient classroom slide pack (pdf)
Ideas for Assembly Time (doc)
Guide to resilience approaches in schools and communities (pdf)

Identifying vulnerable pupils

Identifying a pupil’s risk and resilience factors
Pyramid of Need (ppt)
Safeguarding factsheet (doc)

School Audit

Resilience Zap Session Programme (doc)
Resilience Zap Presentation (ppt)
Staff Audit exercise with guidance (doc)
Questions to ask as part of the audit (doc)
Audit process overview (ppt)
Senior Leadership Team questions to ask (doc)
Staff resilience survey with guidance (doc)
School resilience survey with guidance (doc)
Pupil focus group exercise (doc)
Pupil focus group powerpoint resource (ppt)

Engaging with parents and carers

Parent engagement research and best practice (pdf)
Achievement for All structured conversation handbook (pdf)
LEAP guidance on structured conversations with parents for Head Teachers and school staff (pdf)
Communication tips (pdf)
Do parents know they matter? (pdf)
YoungMinds Parents Helpline – if you, parents or carers have concerns about a child’s emotional or mental health, call the parents helpline for advice and support

Commissioning services

Commissioning case study (doc)
Commissioning resource catalogue (pdf)
Commissioning checklist for schools (doc)

Further information and resources

Resilience Framework guidance
Boingboing resources
Short films to promote resilience approaches in schools

Get in touch

Have you been using the Academic Resilience Approach in school, or even just some of the ideas and tools? We would like to know about it. Drop us a line and we will make sure you are notified of any updates.

The Academic Resilience Approach

Our resources help any school establish systems to build ‘resilience approaches’ that support disadvantaged pupils over time through a whole school approach, will benefit all pupils from a school-wide approach to increasing academic resilience and offer ideas to help everyone in the school community play a part.

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About the Academic Resilience Approach

There are many school resilience programmes which aim to narrow the gap between pupils who do well academically and those who don’t. A lot of them are very useful, so why have we put this information together? Resilience programmes can be expensive – we wanted to offer something everyone could access for free.

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Audit the whole school

A systematic approach to understanding your school and identifying where and what you might do to better promote resilience can help the whole school community to look through a ‘resilience lens’ in order to close the gap for disadvantaged pupils or those facing additional challenges.

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Resilience Zap

Try a resilience zap if you want to get the following going across the school community: A basic level of understanding about building resilience and what it involves; Some shared language around disadvantaged pupils and support for them; Building of commitment to really go the extra mile with pupils who need it; Inspiring ideas based on evidence of what works.

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What is Academic Resilience?

What is Academic Resilience key points: Good educational outcomes despite adversity; We can spot the impact of academic resilience through individuals doing better than we might have expected; Promoting academic resilience will lead to better behaviour and results for disadvantaged pupils.

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How to use the Resilience Framework

The Resilience Framework summarises a set of ideas and practices that promote resilience. It is based on a body of research and practice development called Resilient Therapy developed by Angie Hart and Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas and a group of parents and practitioners.

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Which pupils are we talking about?

All pupils cope with some adversity, and pupils who experience multiple disadvantages face greater challenges in schools. But all pupils will benefit from an academic resilience approach. There are many disadvantages and stressors that can have a negative impact upon pupils; these are called risk factors.

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What can schools do?

Focusing on just a few quick and easy activities can have an impact. A whole schools approach makes a bigger difference. Get a few things going, make sure you are doing them well and share them with the whole community. Evidence and practice based experience tells us there are a few key actions that you could take in school that would have impact.

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How can services support me?

We understand the idea of commissioning or buying in help from external services can be daunting and know that there are differences between commissioning and procurement. You can use this page to think about why schools need to buy in services, and how to ensure services are good enough.

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What about parents?

Every school knows that the more engaged a parent is in their child’s learning, the more learning is supported in the home. Some parents are dead easy to involve, eager to get your attention and are queuing up to talk to staff at every opportunity. But often the very families you would like to be involved more, can be the hardest to hook into school life.

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