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The seven-week program covers six topics, each weekly session is one hour with a group of no more than 10 pupils. Alongside each session, there will be an information pack for parents/carers, activities to try at home.

The six topics:

  • belonging,
  • physical health,
  • emotional health,
  • sleep,
  • support systems and
  • celebrating personal qualities and success.


Identifying pupils for the programme:

The criteria schools/settings will be asked to use to identify pupils is as follows:

  • suffering from anxiety and depression; 
  • need support with increasing resilience and social skills;
  • suffer from poor emotional health and wellbeing;
  • demonstrating any risky health behaviours including, but not restricted to, self-harm;
  • decrease in attendance and attainment or history of low attendance and attainment;
  • difficulties in identifying and establishing healthy relationship;
  • suffering from issues related to COVID.


The programme was developed alongside schools and was piloted in 2021/22. It received an overwhelmingly positive response from the schools who took part in the pilot:

"I loved that each session focused on something different, my older children commented on this as well. It was nice to have a new session each week that was based on something different…The children really enjoyed the group and I found that they were really engaged throughout each session - they particularly liked the hula hoop, rock paper scissors!! 

"I personally have found the sessions really interesting and I am looking forward to recommencing the group with some different children this term.” (Teacher, Whinmoor St Pauls) 


This is a targeted commission, to find out if your school is eligible for the programme please email quoting primary resilience programme in the subject of the email.