The conference took place on Thursday 19th March and attracted more than 250 delegates including senior leaders in education,head teachers, academic performance leaders, pastoral leaders and teaching staff with a remit for building mental resilience amongst pupils.
Speakers and presentations included:
- Matthew Syed, Olympian, three-time Commonwealth gold medallist, sports journalist of the year and author of ‘Bounce – The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice’.
- Professor Jim McKenna, Professor of Physical Activity and Health and world expert in behaviour change, Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan).
- Alice Dunn, Head of Regional Development, Teach First – delivering world class teachers.
- Jon Finn, Director and Founder, Tougher Minds.
- Andrew Foster, Head of Academic Performance, Colfe’s School.
- Colfeian parents and pupils sharing their experiences of the programme.
In 2014, Tougher Minds partner school Colfe’s achieved an all-time record for examination results. They attribute much of this success to the Tougher Minds programme, which recently featured in the Sunday Telegraph.
The programme teaches pupils, parents and staff how the brain actually learns and offers practical skills to education professionals and pupils to help build mental resilience and self-control.
Colfe’s School hosted the conference, in partnership with Tougher Minds. The ‘Developing Resilient Minds in Schools’ offered delegates a unique opportunity to hear from a range of experts, with important experience and perspectives, in this rapidly developing field.
They heard insights into how science underpins these approaches and how it is implemented successfully, both inside classrooms and everyday life. Pupils and parents will also share their experiences of developing a tougher mind and how that has transformed into an everyday practice.