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Resilience and Self Esteem Toolkit Minisite

Welcome to the ReSET minisite

There is now much evidence of the link between emotional wellbeing and achievement. An emotionally robust pupil is in a good position to access learning and to flourish in school and in life. Emotional resilience can be enhanced and supported by the school environment. ReSET has been developed to support schools with that process. 

What is ReSET?

ReSET stands for Resilience and Self-esteem Toolkit. It was born out of a desire to support schools with their Emotional Health and Wellbeing work. It brings together some of the plethora of ideas and activities available, into usable documents. These can be worked through methodically or picked up and dipped into.

Complement your existing work and interventions

Our aim is to complement and support work already going on in schools and to provide teachers with further ideas and materials to develop children’s awareness of emotions, in themselves and others, build positive self-esteem and help strengthen their emotional resilience by exploring coping strategies which work for them. 

Our ReSET resources: 

We have three main primary resource books and also a secondary version. These have been used in schools with very positive feedback and the resources are available FREE to schools in Cornwall, please contact us if you are interested. 

Additional supporting materials: 

The Healthy Cornwall Information and Resource Centre also has boxes of materials (eg books, cards and posters) which support ReSET and which you can borrow, free of charge, if you are based in Cornwall. You can register with them online or contact them on 01209 615600 for more information.


We hold a workshop training day where you can explore the ReSET resources and support materials and try out the activities. Your Cornwall Healthy Schools Delivery Advisor can also deliver in-house ReSET overview training, as a twilight or INSET session. See the Cornwall Healthy School's training page for details of current dates and venues for the open sessions. 

Impact on learning and achievement

The impact of emotional wellbeing on learning and achievement is well documented. Its real value extends beyond SAT levels and GCSE grades, equipping pupils with the life-skills necessary to flourish in the future, no matter what it has in store.

Schools play a key role in supporting children 

National research suggests that one in ten children will have a diagnosable mental health condition before they are 16. The risks of developing a mental disorder are directly related to a child’s life experiences: "Children who experience three or more stressful life events, such as family bereavement, divorce or serious illness, are significantly more likely to develop emotional and behavioural disorders" according to research published by the Office of National Statistics. Schools can play a key role in supporting children through such events. 

Relevant Documents:

Public Health England Reports:

 “The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment - a briefing for head teachers, governors and staff in educational settings” (November 2014) states that: “Social and emotional competencies have been found to be a more significant determinant of academic attainment than IQ”. It goes on to say that:

  • An 11% boost in results in standardised achievement tests has been linked to school programmes that directly improve pupils’ social and emotional learning
  • Whole school approaches to social and emotional learning, universally implemented for all pupils, strongly correlate with higher attainment
  • School-based programmes of social and emotional learning ..have potential to help young people acquire skills to make good academic progress…also produce benefits to pupils’ health and wellbeing, offering a significant return for the resource and time investment by schools to establish such programmes” 

"Promoting Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing" (March 2015) reported that young people themselves want to learn how to keep emotionally healthy.

"The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England" (December 2016) shows relevant mental health data in an imforgraphic format. Also includes resources such as useful websites and documents.

Department of Health: 

"Future in Mind" (2015) highlights the importance of early intervention, advocates a whole school approach along with evidence-based intervention work. It recognises the need for developing workforce skills and for schools it recommends Initial Teacher Training should include child and adolescent development. It suggests a new counselling strategy for schools and recommends a new Ofsted judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare of children and learners.

Department of Education:

"Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools" clarifies the responsibility of schools, includes some mental health facts and practical tools together with national support available.

Support for pupils in Cornwall

If you have a concern about a pupil which you feel needs referral, contact the Early Help Hub who are there to advise and triage to the correct service. 

If you would like to contact us about ReSET please call on 01209 615600 or contact us.