Funded as part of the local NHS Future in Mind programme, Route to Resilience is an evidence-based and practical approach to supporting schools and families in their work developing the character, resilience and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. It is based on nationally recognised and locally piloted strategies that integrate with existing curriculum / school routines / requirements and is designed to address two of the key priorities from the Department for Education’s current strategic plan through to 2020.
This fully-funded programme is being offered to all state-maintained and state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland over the next three-years (2017 to 2020). Schools will work together in cohorts of 10 to 15 and attend a total of 10 half-day sessions over the course of an academic year:
Six sessions delivered by Wellbeing Education for headteachers / principals (or another member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team should the headteacher / principal be unavailable). These sessions accommodate schools’ existing work on character, values and growth mindset, whilst sharing a great many practical, effective, innovative and inspirational ideas for use throughout the school. These strategies have been shown to be high-impact and low-workload, creating enthusiasm amongst pupils, parents, and staff alike. Each cohort will also host a live event that involves Wellbeing Education working directly with a class to teach and demonstrate the effect of some of the classroom techniques in building character, motivation and resilience.
Four sessions delivered by the Centre for Fun and Families for school staff that interact with parents. These sessions will inform and equip school staff with the necessary skills and materials to plan and deliver two parent / carer engagement activities. The events the schools choose to run will focus on the delivery of information about their school’s resilience work and encourage the use of techniques and character words as a shared home / school vocabulary to better support resilience at home.
Every session includes elements of training / review / resources and are hosted locally by one of the participating schools. Schools will commit to using the training materials to lead staff development and run workshops for parents between sessions to help them achieve the aims of the whole-school approach. Every school will receive evaluation tools to evidence the impact of the work as the programme progresses.