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Healthier pupils; better learners.


...the inner strength to deal competently and successfully day after day

with the challenges and demands encountered

What is resilience? Why is it important? 

The capacity to cope and feel competent is referred to as resilience. Resilience embraces the ability to deal more effectively with stress and pressure, to cope with everyday challenges, to bounce back from disappointments, adversity and trauma. It allows individuals to develop clear and realistic goals to solve problems, to relate comfortably to others and to treat oneself and others with respect.

Numerous scientific studies of children facing adversity in their lives have supported the importance of resilience as a powerful insulating force. Resilience explains why some children overcome overwhelming obstacles, sometimes clawing and scraping their way to successful adulthood while others become victims of their early experiences and environments.

More and more the evidence for the link between resilience / wellbeing and learning is being recognised: 

The Link between Wellbeing and Attainment, (NAHT PHE Nov 2014)

This briefing provides a broad, succinct scope of the scientific evidence highlighting the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. It underlines the value for schools of promoting health and wellbeing as an integral part of a school effectiveness strategy, and highlights the important contribution of a whole-school approach.

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing A whole school and college approach (PHE March 2015)

This new guidance from PHE  presents eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools and colleges. We contributed to the development of the document and our resource STOP Stigma is cited as good practice.  

Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff. (DfE 2014) 

In order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. There are a variety of things that schools can do, for all their pupils and for those with particular problems, to offer that support in an effective way. This guidance sets out what schools can do and where they can get further support.

How we can support you

We support resilience through our work on Mental Health / Emotional Health and Wellbeing and skills and support to help reduce risk-taking behaviour (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Our work /support for schools is linked to: 

Headstart Kernow (we are working closely with Headstart Kernow as part of the Partnership Board)

Learn to Lead  (A tool, techniques and training for pupil-led participation and engagement in school.

Savvy Kernow (ensuring all YP have access to Young Person Friendly services and local advice / information throughout Cornwall and IOS)

Rise Above (a new national resilience support programme / social movement for YP aged 11-16 from Public Health England)

Cornwall PSHE review (are you involved? Already schools from Cornwall have had their say and identified how we can support them more effectively - what do you need?)

ReSET (our resource for schools:  Resilience and Self-Esteem Toolkit)

STOP Stigma (Our award winning resource to help raise awareness and understanding of Mental Health for Secondary Schools)

Young Carers Strategy in Cornwall 

MindEd on-line training portal

MindEd is a portal that provides free, online bite sized chunks of 'e-learning' available on tablets, phones or computers to help adults to identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues. The learning materials were written and edited by leading experts from the UK and around the world. Different learning pathways can be followed according to professional or other interests www.minded.org.uk

Teensleep study

Oxford University is recruiting Cornish schools to participate in the Teensleep study, a study that is looking at the effects of sleep education on pupils attainment in Year 10 students. Schools would receive funding to support them to implement a sleep education programme. For more information, please contact Adam Jowett, the Research Project Coordinator at teensleep@ndcn.ox.ac.uk or 01865 618 666.