Resilience Support

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Why Resilience Support?

impact.resilienceResearch shows children's resilience appears to be at an all-time high as they leave primary school. Secondary-aged students show a steady and significant decrease in aspects of resilience (see graph); this has profound implications on their mental wellbeing and on their capacity to learn.


Without high levels of resilience, students are are unable to function well, build strong, positive relationships or reach their potential. VbE has recognised this for many years; our work has been to support schools in creating authentic values-based cultures which, in turn, promote wellbeing and resilience for all.


Primary schools are often well-placed to provide support to students and develop skills needed to manage and embrace challenges. Secondary schools also do this; furtheremore, they can provide support to mitigate and reverse the negative changes in aspects of resilience which research shows occur as they progress through secondary school. 



What is the Impact of Support

Resilient Youth (see below) have surveyed 180,000 students as of Summer 2017. Their findings show a sharp decline in overall resilience, a decline that continues throughout secondary school. The decline is appreciably lower in pupils whose primary schools engaged in helping them to build resilience. The decline is different between boys and girls; for example, boys in Year 6 experience particular difficulties with social skills, and girls in Year 8 suffer feelings of isolation.


On the right is a graph that compares schools who have enaged with the Resilience Programme with schools who have gone throught the Resilient Survey (baseline) but not necessarily engaged with the Resilience Programme as yet.


'Resilient Schools' refers to the three schools identified for this comparison who have engaged effectively with the Resilience Programme. 'All Schools' includes both Resilient Schools and those schools who are only at the beginning of the process to support resilience in their students and have done the baseline Resilience Survey.


The graph compares the changes in aspects of resilience experienced by students in Years 5 and 7 with the same aspects one year later when they are in Years 6 and 8.

The graph evidences the positive impact of schools who support resilience effectively and whose students have engaged with the Resilience Programme. 


Note: The ten domains are shown in the graph. Some of the categories are self evident. For some, a little explanation is helpful or clarification: "Belonging" refers to the sense of belonging students' they feel within the school; "Boundaries" refers to students' awareness of both boundaries and expectations; "Support" refers to the sense students feel of adult support available to them, both through inside and outside the school; "Emotional" refers to the state of students' mental health; "Social" relates to the effectiveness of students' social skills; "Identity" refers to students' sense of positive identity; and "Values" refers to the positive values students' experience.


What Support is Available

VbE works with Resilient Youth to empower schools to provide the support their students need to maintain and develop their resilience.


The organisation runs a (baseline) survey that is designed and maintained by child phsychologists. The survey establishes students' resilience in ten domains, eg, sense of security, sence of positive identity and degree of engagement with with the school.


The report provides insight into the areas of support that are most needed at each school, and it provides a report on potential solutions to remedy the identified issues. For schools looking for further expertise, we provide a professional consultancy service to help identify and understand the contextual issues and provide solution-focused support.


Further Information

Dr Andrew Fuller is the driving force behind this work. He has worked for many years with our own Dr Neil Hawkes. His work with Resilient Youth and identification of The Resilient Mindset is making a significant difference to  the work of teachers and the lives of students.


Resilient Youth’s research shows that there are 40 key predictors of wellbeing and resilience in young people.


The more of these 40 resilience assets a young person has, the more likely they are to:

  • Achieve academic success
  • Be motivated to learn
  • Experience positive relationships
  • Complete schooling
  • Be persistent problem solvers
  • Show constructive leadership

and the less likely they are to:

  • Experience alcohol and drug problems,
  • Be violent
  • Leave school early
  • Have behavioural problems
  • Experience depression and anxiety.


Click here to read the research behind the graph above which shows how features of resilience are at their highest as students leave primary schools and what happens on their journey through secondary education (survey shows results of working with 160,000 children in Australian schools).


Assessing the levels of resilience assets in schools and communities provides a powerful way to plan how to increase the wellbeing and resilience of young people while also building on their strengths.


How to Implement Resilience at Your School

Resilient Youth has developed and validated a 99 question, online resilience survey incorporating a series of reliable gold standard measures including: The Developmental Assets Profile, The General Health Questionnaire and The Children’s Hope Scale.


This survey and consulting support can now be purchased by schools in the UK through VbE.


Providing schools with the flexibility to choose who to use the survey with, it is available for a price per pupil.


This price is discounted for Member Schools. Click here to see Price List and discounts


A 'Resilience' trained VbE Consultant is part of the package and will guide the school through setting the survey up. Upon completion, they will evaluate the results and work with the school to identify priorities for development. They will then be available to provide any further support the school feels it needs.


Contact Us for more information or to purchase the Resilience Survey. 




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Values-based Education Limited

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