School extends Tougher Minds programme after exam grade boost

Tougher Minds has extended its work with St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College (SBSJ) in Bradford in West Yorkshire. This follows the success of a pilot project with a group of Year 11 pupils. The group achieved, on average, half a GCSE grade per subject more progress than their peers who did not take part in the Tougher Minds training programme. The group also reported improved motivation and concentration levels and their parents – who also received Tougher Minds training sessions – consistently reported improved homework habits from their sons.

Following this success, pupils who entered Year 7 at SBSJ this September are now benefitting from the Tougher Minds programme to support young people making the transition to this key phase of education. The process has been shown to be potentially challenging and problematic for many young people. Significantly the 300 pupils in Year 7 are now using a specially designed Performance Planner every day, instead of a normal school planner. This is designed to boost resilience by reducing stress and increasing learning.

As part of the Year 7 transition programme, fifteen specialist SBSJ staff have now been trained to use Tougher Minds simple and practical methods to boost confidence, well-being, work habits and performance.

In this video, the staff give their thoughts about the Tougher Minds programme and its benefits:

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You can also learn more about Tougher Minds work with the SBSJ Year 11 pupils here.

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