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“In my monitoring of schools, I am seeing the effectiveness and impact of this approach by learning, teaching, behaviour, attitudes, communities, lives. Hugely important, truly inspiring. Thank you for the opportunity to be better equipped to give children a character literacy to improve lives and society.”

Ralph Wood, School Effectiveness Officer, Diocese of Leicester Academy Trust (DLAT)

Completion Notice (Nov 2020)

Over the past three years we have worked with over 300 schools across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland, and have been constantly impressed by the creativity, resourcefulness, compassion and energy shown by your schools in supporting the development of character and resilience.

Having completed our final year, and delivered to every interested school, the programme will now be closing. Any Dropbox links shared over the years will no longer work, our programme email address will no longer be monitored, and our website will no longer be updated.


The organisations responsible for Route to Resilience will continue to operate and you are encouraged to contact them directly from now on if you are interested in the work they do.

R2R ‘In School’


Steve Harris (Wellbeing Education) designed and delivered the ‘In School’ aspects of Route to Resilience. Using a whole-school approach, Steve supported senior leadership to embed character and resilience deeply into the fabric of over 300 schools, with a wide range of positive outcomes in the areas of curriculum, teaching, and learning, staff development, ethos and environment, behaviour, parental engagement, pupil voice and staff wellbeing.


Steve works throughout the UK supporting individual schools, trusts, local authorities, conferences, teaching schools and other local partnerships. He works face-to-face or online, specialising in resilience, character, motivation for learning, happy lunchtimes, and staff wellbeing.


More information can be found online at


Get in touch at or @wellbeingedu


R2R ‘At Home’


CFF (Centre for Fun and Families) designed and delivered the ‘At Home’ aspects of Route to Resilience (nb. Session 1 and 2 were adapted from ‘In School’ material). Using their KUBA (Know, Use, Build, Apply) approach, CFF supported participating schools to develop and deliver parent / carer engagement events. These events were used to cascade information, tips, and practical strategies that parents and carers could use at home, in support of their child’s mental health and wellbeing.


CFF work throughout Leicestershire delivering specialist parent and family support through the delivery of group work programmes based on Social Learning Theory. CFF are currently commissioned by the NHS to deliver group work programmes within the Early Intervention Service offering support to local young people with low to moderate mental health problems. In addition, CFF deliver training in evidence-based models across the city, county and nationally.


More information can be found online at


Get in touch at or telephone (0116) 223 4254.


R2R Project Management and Evaluation


Adam Billson (Billson Consulting Ltd) oversaw the project management and evaluation of Route to Resilience ensuring the programme was delivered in accordance with the needs of the commissioner and participating schools. Adam works throughout the UK supporting various NHS, local authority, and voluntary sector organisations to realise their potential, and achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.


Get in touch at or visit


R2R Partnership Management


Liz Mair (Mair Health Ltd) oversaw the partnership management of Route to Resilience ensuring the programme was linked into the wider children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing pathway. Liz works throughout the UK supporting various NHS, local authority, and voluntary sector organisations with public sector service and people development.


Get in touch at or visit

Future in Mind

In 2015, NHS England launched Future in Mind, a national report that articulated the need to set about tackling the problems with mental wellbeing in the early years to create a system that brings together the potential of the web, schools, social care, the NHS, the voluntary sector, parents and children and young people themselves.

A local Future in Mind transformation programme was established by partner organisations - including the NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS West Leicestershire CCG, NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council - that has sought to improve the local children and young people's mental health and wellbeing pathway through a series of fully-funded strategic commissions against each of the five big themes of the national report; including Route to Resilience.


Funded as part of the local NHS Future in Mind programme, Route to Resilience was an evidence-based and practical approach to supporting schools and families in their work developing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.

This fully-funded and accredited programme was offered to all state-maintained and state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.