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8th December 2013

Bounce Forward take part in a Positive Education Summit at 10 Downing Street

Bounce Forward (formerly How to Thrive) take part in a Positive Education Summit along with policy makers, leading experts and practitioners.

The Summit began with a workshop at Number 10 Downing Street and continued for a further 2 days at Wellington College. It brought together senior HMG policy makers, top academics from the UK and USA and practitioners who are embedding learning around building resilience and character into schools in the UK, USA and Australia. The objectives of the workshop were to explore the following themes and questions:

Definitions: What is resilience, grit and character? How do define them? How do you measure them?
Evidence: What is the evidence that they promote educational attainment, life chances, opportunities and health and wellbeing?
Practice: How do we build resilience, grit and character in young people? What approaches work the best? Who is doing this in the UK and internationally?
Action: Should HMG be doing more to embed this in policy? What can schools, colleges, youth services do? What tools guidance, training and approaches already exist? What are the gaps and what can we do to respond to them?
Impact: What would success look like in 5-10 years’ time if we did more? What impact might it have on key policy areas?

Bounce Forward was able to contribute our expertise and share the work we have been leading with schools and other education settings over the last 6 years. It was an interesting, thought provoking and remarkable few days. The sense of purpose and commitment to promoting positive education has led to plans for a global positive education network. Bounce Forward were delighted to take part in the debate and the story continues

Healthy Minds is an exciting research project that is underway and aims to evidence the link between emotionally stable, self‐efficacious students and improved behaviour and academic attainment in school.

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