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What is resilience? Why is it important?

The capacity to cope and feel competent is referred to as resilience. Resilience embraces the ability to deal more effectively with stress and pressure, to cope with everyday challenges, to bounce back from disappointments, adversity and trauma. It allows individuals to develop clear and realistic goals to solve problems, to relate comfortably to others and to treat oneself and others with respect.

Numerous scientific studies of children facing adversity in their lives have supported the importance of resilience as a powerful insulating force. Resilience explains why some children overcome overwhelming obstacles on their way to successful adulthood, while others become victims of their early experiences and environments.


 Resilience refers to the ability to continue to develop in difficult circumstances: to face, overcome and ultimately be strengthened by life’s adversities and challenges. 


National Children’s Bureau, 2015

How we can support you?

  • Review your Emotional Health and Wellbeing provision via our Healthy Schools Award.

  • Resilience is covered in the CIOS PSHE curriculum

  • Resilience and Self-Esteem Toolkit (ReSET)

  • Signposting to useful services


What is ReSET?

ReSET stands for Resilience and Self-esteem Toolkit. It was born out of a desire to support schools with their Emotional Health and Wellbeing work. It brings together some of the plethora of ideas and activities available, into usable documents. These can be worked through methodically or picked up and dipped into, complementing existing work with ideas around emotional literacy, encouraging positive self-esteem and emotional resilience including a range of coping strategies.We have three main primary resource books and one secondary, please contact us for more information.

Further local support:

In Cornwall we are also fortunate to have some outstanding young peoples mental health services.  These services provide young people with a variety of support and information, including live chat platforms, self care advice and resources suited to young people with differing needs.  Below are links to these platforms to which you may wish to direct your students:

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Young People Cornwall

Take a look at the resources at our Children and Young People's page for ideas to support those in your care.

HeadStart Kernow in collaboration with other professionals, have developed a "virtual ring binder" to pull together resources to support the young people and families of Cornwall amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

HeadStart Kernow have also developed an online resilience tool which provides a practical way for professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour and help them make decisions about whether that behaviour represents risk of harm.

National Support:

Young Minds' Academic Resilience Approach explores an evidence-based resilience framework for use in school and has links to tools and resources for working on resilience in schools. 

Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for primary school staff offering information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. They have produced an emotional resilience toolkit full of practical guidance on promoting resilience in children and young people. 

Samaritans DEAL is a secondary resource which covers a wealth of emotional health and wellbeing issues. Session plans enable students to consider the range of factors that can affect our emotional health and how to recognise signs of poor emotional health in ourselves and others.

Parent Zone is an expert consultancy in digital family life, responding to the global challenges of the digital age. They empower young people, parents and professionals to build the skillsets needed to analyse and deal with challenges they face. Looking at issues such as bullying, body image, mental health and extremism. Their Mission Statement includes a desire that children will be resilient enough to cope with the challenges of the online world.



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Don't forget to document your emotional health and wellbeing work as part of your Healthy Schools Award