Our Academic Resilience Approach (ARA) workshop is a CPD accredited workshop for anyone supporting children, young people and families in schools. The workshop runs on a single day for 5 hours with a 1 hour lunch break (usually from 9:30am to 3:30am). The workshop is currently being held online and access information will be sent to ticket holders prior to the event. You can find dates for upcoming sessions to the right (or below on mobiles). 


Resilience refers to the positive capacity we have to achieve good outcomes in spite of hardships or serious threats to our development. Finding ways to boost a child’s ability to respond resiliently when life is tough, can help them to do better than you might have thought they would. It can boost the likelihood of better long-term outcomes for them – academically as well as in other ways. A resilience lens can help not only beat the odds for individual children, but also to change them for children more widely.

This online workshop from Boingboing offers an introduction to the Academic Resilience Approach and provides the opportunity to understand more about what resilience is and how school communities can build resilience and cushion people from the worst effects of adversity. It introduces a straightforward and strategic way of working with children, young people and families that builds capacity to manage life’s challenges more resiliently – because overcoming adversity, whilst also potentially changing, or even dramatically transforming, (aspects of) that adversity is what matters.

This course has been certified by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles and so it can count towards your CPD for the year.

Academic Resilience is an approach for schools devised by Lisa Williams and Professor Angie Hart and adopted by YoungMinds. It is based on Angie’s collaborative resilience work at the University of Brighton and Boingboing, and the resources are free to download.

The benefits
This workshop will give you greater understanding of the Academic Resilience Approach which will:

• help any school establish systems to build ‘resilience approaches’ that support disadvantaged pupils over time through a whole school approach
• benefit all pupils from a school-wide approach to increasing academic resilience
• raise achievement
• offer ‘quick wins’ that can be implemented immediately
• help identify pupils who are at risk of not fulfilling their academic potential
• provide practical approaches to help pupils do better than might be expected
• offer ideas to help everyone in the school community play a part.

By the end of the workshop you will:
• have built on your understanding of the resilience evidence base
• know why and how some children and young people beat the odds better than others
• know how to identify children more at risk within your school
• know what could be done to build resilience within your school community
• have learnt how to put into practice the Academic Resilience Approach that aims to turn resilience theory into practice for all to use.

Who should attend?
This Academic Resilience Approach workshop is for anyone keen to understand how to build resilience in school communities. For example headteachers, governors, SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

What will it cover?
• Definitions of resilience, why they matter and what the resilience research tells us.
• Risk and protective factors and how to use these to spot children at risk earlier.
• A framework for building resilience with children, young people and families in a whole school community.
• An explanation of the Academic Resilience Approach and how it works with examples from schools actually using it.

To book your place
To book and pay online using a debit/credit card, please click through to the appropriate booking page. If you would like an invoice to be raised to your organisation for the training fee, please email us.

£50. Limited spaces, please book early. We have a small number of free places available for unwaged people. Please email us explaining why you would like to attend the course and explaining your circumstances. Limited spaces so please book early.

Access Information
The forum will be held online on Zoom. Please arrive in the online platform 10 minutes prior to the start time. An email with joining instructions will be sent out the day before the event.

We have reluctantly decided to use Zoom for our training, despite some concerns about their policies and practice, because we want to prioritise digital inclusivity. Please read here for a full explanation. If you would like to minimise exposure, use Zoom through your browser rather than the app, although this will affect your ability to interact with the session. Please be aware that Zoom are able to access what you post in chats.

Developed in partnership with Boingboing, CUPP/University of Brighton, Lisa Williams Consulting and YoungMinds

Upcoming sessions:

See also

Boingboing Resilience Framework. Help young people and families build resilience

Resources for Schools

Boingboing Resilience Framework. Help young people and families build resilience

How to use the Resilience Framework

Boingboing Resilience Framework. Help young people and families build resilience

The Academic Resilience Approach (ARA)

Bite Sized Chunks

ARA Resources Directory

resilience training school staff

Boingboing Online Training Courses

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