The Resilience Toolkit

HeadStart Kent have developed a School Toolkit and a Community Toolkit for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing. These toolkits guide schools and community settings through the process of celebrating good practice already in place to support resilience and wellbeing, but also encouraging schools and settings to assess their current approach, identify any gaps and put actions in place to develop this further.

At the end of the process, schools and community settings can apply for the Kent Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing, to recognise their hard work in developing their approach to resilience and wellbeing.

The toolkits have been based on 8 key principles from the Public Health England paper “Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach” (2015). A whole school or whole setting approach ensures the resilience and wellbeing of everybody (young people, families and staff) is promoted and supported and can lead to:

  • Improved wellbeing of young people, staff and families
  • Improved learning and attainment
  • The development of social and emotional skills
  • Prevention of mental health problems
  • Improved behaviour.

Ultimately, a whole school or whole setting approach enables a positive and universal focus on wellbeing.

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The School Toolkit and the Community Toolkit provide the opportunity to reflect during the assess stage, plan actions and put these into practice, and continually review impact and outcomes (assess, plan, do, and review cycle of continuous improvement).

Both the School Toolkit and the Community Toolkit take schools and settings step by step through the whole school approach to resilience and provides all resources to complete the toolkit.