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Strategies for teaching resilience

The new government trend is for character education, but many schools already deliver it. Newland College, for example, has long prioritised the teaching of key resilience-related skills. Darlene Fisher explains

One of the clearest things my colleagues and I have learned through many years of teaching and leading in both state and independent sectors is that being prepared for exams, university and later life is only partly about knowledge. It is also about resilience, which is something children can gain through their time at school.

We have chosen to make this a staple of our curriculum at Newland College. We emphasise whole-child development and developing a culture of resilience; teaching children to have the resilience they will need to flourish, both in their studies, and perhaps most importantly, when they reach university and beyond. I will outline here what it means to develop a culture of resilience.

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