“This could not have been more relevant. It has made me rethink and it has already changed our plan for next academic year. I will be looking out for other courses or research that you are involved in!

Jo Walsh, Mary Hare School ( for Deaf Children)

In education we know how to measure IQ – but what if doing well in school (and life) depends on much more on your ability to learn quickly and easily? What we also know is that talent is no guarantee of success – in fact resilience/grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measure of talent…

The Importance of Grit

International research across a wide range of companies – private and public sector workers – who was most likely to succeed, be promoted, earn the most money? In a range of very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success – it wasn’t social intelligence, IQ, good looks or physical health – it was grit. The keystones of a successful life: feeling in control; holding on to self-belief; being able to bounce back and being able to channel your anger all need to be taught.

Character Education Prioritised by Ofsted

In the current inspection framework, Schools will not be rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in Personal Development without evidence of building character  – including their resilience, confidence and independence and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy.

ISI to use Pupil Wellbeing as a lens for inspections from 2023

ISI will base its evaluation of schools on the extent to which the school leadership and Governors actively promote the wellbeing of pupils. The Independent School Standards will be viewed through the lens of pupil wellbeing.

Learning from Setbacks

Children cannot become competent without first developing a set of skills that allows them to trust their judgments, make responsible choices and face difficult decisions. Those children who understand how their brain changes in response to challenge are much more likely to persevere when the going gets tough and one of the best ways of helping children to understand this is by teaching them to have a growth mindset. This INSET offers a range of practical ideas and strategies, based on sound research.

Who is this INSET for? 

This course can be adapted for a range of audiences including teachers, TA’s, parents and students.

This INSET is would be ideal as a Keynote speech at an educational conference or as talk for parents.

INSET Outline

The Science of resilience

It’s not rocket science but it might just be neuroscience…

Dopamine – a teacher’s best friend


The significance of teaching children and young people to persevere in a world of ‘virtual stone-throwers’ and against a backdrop of increasing mental health problems

Building Resilience

The value of ‘The 7 Cs’ in incorporating opportunities for children and young people to experience failure and building their resilience to setbacks

Fixed v. Growth Mindset 

A look at the work of Carol Dweck et al & their role in the classroom

Excellence v. Perfection

The curse of the high achiever

Concrete skills and problem-solving

Character Building

  • “Learning to Bounce”
  • The Iceberg Illusion

The challenge for today’s schools and families is to recognise the many ways – beyond imposed grades and standards – in which our students can thrive and succeed. Success is wide, deep and high and it is more important than ever to guide our children in being patient, stoical and tenacious in a world of instant information and quick solutions.

“Superb – thank you – so much positive feedback from our Parents. Please can we now book a session on the same subject for staff…?”

Pastoral Head, Berkshire


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