Short Resilience Resources Based on 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. This was originally developed by Angie Hart and Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas and a group of parents and practitioners. The full set of materials and resources that were developed from this are included in The Resilient Classroom: A Resource Pack for Tutor Groups and Pastoral School Staff. This includes over 50 activities to provide practical help for tutors and other pastoral staff and is suitable for use in the tutor group setting to promote and encourage students to feel more resilient.

If you are unable to deliver all of the activities within The Resilient Classroom with your young people, Young Minds have selected what they consider to be key activities. These have been simplified and made available individually (there are 25) for LGFL and TRUSTnet schools. By encouraging tutor group students to try out these activities, we are hoping that students may be able to better cope with the challenging aspects of school and day-to-day life.

The aim of this resource is to provide tutors with an informative and practical resource which will support them in their role in building student resilience. It will help them:

  • Achieve positive relationships with students.
  • Build understanding and knowledge of students’ individual strengths and challenges, hopes and aspirations.
  • Support students to develop resilience in a way which is appropriate to their individual circumstances.

We suggest you read through advice with The Resilient Classroom pack before carrying out these activities.

The Resources

Before Using These Resources

  • Do ensure that you are familiar with the resources before you use them.
  • Do tailor the session and resources for the group; some slides may need to be removed or edited depending on the age of the learners you teach.
  • Do ensure that staff have gone through this staff CPD section and advice provided by Young Minds before delivering any support to young people or other staff. Many resources are accompanied by advice, notes and session outlines to support staff delivery of these often sensitive issues. Students and staff may be affected by topics you cover and it is essential to be fully aware of Young Minds’ advice and your school policies and procedures in these areas.
  • Do ensure you are aware of any needs within the group and talk to pastoral, inclusion or other staff as appropriate as required if necessary. Students or staff may have personal experience of some areas covered and it is important to be sensitive to this.
  • Do ensure that staff are aware of topic you are covering in the session before hand in case any topics are challenging for them. Please ensure they are aware of support procedures and staff within the school as necessary.