Students from challenging backgrounds are born tough, but how can we make them long-term resilient?
We want to support our pupils in developing their own habits of self-regulation; strong evidence shows that Tougher Minds and their programmes for students, dramatically improves all aspects of school work; including learning, homework, concentration, behaviour, exam performance and extra curricular sport; all useful habits students should develop.
We are very excited to be the first state school in the country to be working with Tougher Minds.
The Tougher Minds Personal Change Management (PCM) programme, which explicitly teaches self-control and resilience for improved academic and personal performance was voted 2014 Education initiative of the year at the Independent School Awards. The Tougher Minds approach is based on extensive academic and practical research. This has been undertaken in the last decade and much of it has been published in major peer-reviewed journals.
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Tougher Minds practical and effective training will help anybody improve their personal performance in every aspect of their work, education or life. Tougher Minds is for everyone involved in business, school, university or sport and fitness. The training will help people understand how to be personally productive and efficient so they can work hard and effectively, every minute of every day. It will optimise all types of learning and study. It will help people to be mentally tough and resilient.
A London state school, which encourages aspiration and achievement among pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, has engaged Tougher Minds to enhance its successful teaching even further.
Quintin Kynaston (QK) in North London is to work with us and benefit from the resilience and character training programmes, which were voted Education Initiative of the Year.
Agreement has been reached for the 2015/16 school year, with the St John’s Wood based mixed comprehensive, which has 1,400 students in the 11-18 age groups, including a 350-strong sixth-form. Many QK pupils are from first generation immigrant families and from backgrounds which are traditionally underrepresented at élite universities.
Tougher Minds programmes have been proven to deliver benefits for the whole school. These include enhanced motivation, improvements in morale and growth mindsets. Their work at QK will involve pupils, teachers and parents. It will be delivered initially to Year 7 pupils, which the school encourages to aim for Russell Group University places, at the start of their first term.
The Tougher Minds Personal Change Management curriculum trains pupils, teachers and parents how to boost their performance, their health and their happiness.
Tougher Minds Head of Education Andrew Foster will lead programme delivery at QK. He commented: “Quintin Kynaston is clearly a school that is really going places, with their fantastic new buildings, their dedicated and friendly staff and their dynamic leadership team.
“We are very excited to be invited to help support their pupils achieve even more, both inside the classroom and out. Their ethos of Aspiration, Resilience and Community is one that fits exceptionally well with the values of Tougher Minds.
“QK has already created an environment which successfully encourages learning and we feel our training will help develop the self-control and mental skills required for even greater success both academically and personally.
Foster continued: “We will be helping QK staff and pupils to understand the neuroscience of learning, concentration, motivation and confidence. We have been in the school observing lessons and meeting with both teachers and pupils. We are confident we can all work together to achieve something very special.” (Source)
We hope to be the first school to be accredited and formally designated as ‘a Tougher Minds high performing school’.