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"It is well acknowledged that teachers are the most important in-school factor contributing to student success, satisfaction and achievement, and that teacher wellbeing is deeply connected to the quality of their work." - The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, 2014

Resilience is at the heart of teacher wellbeing, success and long term mental health, as they navigate their way through life's challenges, both inside and outside the workplace. With The Resilience Doughnut, you can build the resilience of your teachers and school staff so they can connect, grow and flourish within a positive school community. 

Firstly, The Resilience Doughnut provides a practical research-validated tool for schools and colleges which can be used on a universal basis, enabling all staff to better manage the inevitable ups and downs of life. Secondly it can be used on a targeted basis to build the capacity for resilience of individuals experiencing a challenge, adversity, a period of transition. The Resilience Doughnut also provides a framework for schools and colleges to establish, build and strengthen a positive workplace climate, which involves every member of staff in their formal and informal interactions each day.

"Teacher wellbeing requires a cultural shift - it is not just about yoga sessions and fruit bowls." - Julian Stanley, Education Support Partnership

The Resilience Doughnut resonates with many adults, particularly those who have struggled through adversity and, not only survived, but have actually thrived as a result of their tough times. It also resonates because it focuses on the strengths in an adult lives, with more focus on what has worked and how, rather than the overbearing weight on the negative or problems that need to be fixed. It is essentially a strength approach and seeks to strengthen what is already working.

A resilience-informed response.

Resilience is not a latent quality inside an individual adult, or a quality of a family, school or community. It is instead a process that involves multiple systems working together to help us thrive when we are experiencing challenge, adversity or transitions. When building resilience we need an understanding of the things that help adults cope better, like relationships, a powerful identity, a sense of belonging, agency, meaning, purpose, achievement and social justice, all of which are embedded within The Resilience Doughnut. A resilience-building response involves multiple systems and is attuned to the cultural and contextual differences found among the individuals, the school and wider community to which they are part. - This is what we help you to do. 


With research clearly demonstrating that adults who model emotional resilience have a significant impact on the resilience of the children and adolescents in their care, this is a perfect place for your school or college to start.


Where next? You can select from our range of training and workshop opportunities detailed below. 


Not sure where to start? Please contact us or book an online or phone meeting​​​.

Personal Resilience - From Surviving to Thriving

Our most popular team workshop with a focus for participants on building their own resilience.

Workshop for all school and college staff with a focus on their own resilience.

This practical workshop is an opportunity for your whole team to learn and apply practical strategies, based around The Resilience Doughnut, to improve their own resilience both inside and outside the workplace. Involving a range of individual, paired and group activities and discussions, this workshop is is engaging, practical and based on what works!​ ​Whether you are looking for a more general session for all your staff or a highly tailored workshop for smaller groups, who are experiencing one or more specific challenges or transitions, this workshop is perfect! This workshop is tailored to meet the requirements of the group and also offers a range of core and optional modules​, including a teacher, NQT or more generic focus.

Resilience Snapshot

One-to-one session for all adults.

Working with your Resilience Doughnut can improve self-reflection, emotional regulation, meaningful connections and personal competence. Our single, one-to-one Resilience Snapshot takes an in-depth exploration of the participant's own Resilience Doughnut which, when activated, strengthened and connected, provide a strength-based confidence that will help them move towards enhanced resilience to face the challenges of daily life. Online or face-to-face delivery options and discounts available when booking for multiple individuals. Can be combined with the Personal Resilience workshop.

Resilience Coaching

One-to-one session for adults.

Our online or face-to-face Resilience Coaching is designed for adults who are facing a period of transition, struggling with a problem, lacking motivation, or facing a range of challenges in a personal or work situation. Online or face-to-face delivery options and discounts available when booking for multiple individuals. Can be combined with the Personal Resilience workshop.

Foundation Training - Teacher Resilience

Training for teams of any size with a focus on building the resilience of colleagues.

​This foundation level training provides a focus on teacher resilience, specific to your school or college setting. Designed for current or aspiring middle, senior and executive school leaders and managers, HR managers and staff wellbeing and mental health leads. A range of core and optional modules is available from a single 2 hour session to a full day plus the flexibility to run multiple modules over different days. Foundation modules can be credited towards practitioner training.

Please note: Foundation training does not provide access to online resources.

Practitioner Training - Teacher Resilience

Our best value team training for an embedded and sustainable approach to teacher resilience.

Training for smaller teams with an in-depth focus on building the resilience of colleagues.

​This advanced level training for teams provides a practical and in-depth focus on teacher resilience specific to a school or college setting. Suitable for groups of up to 20 with flexible face-to-face delivery options. Designed for current or aspiring middle, senior and executive school leaders and managers, HR managers and staff wellbeing and mental health leads.​ The training provides full access to online resources.​

Please note: Practitioner training is not trainer training

Facilitator Training - Adult Resilience

Our best value training for individuals with a focus on adult resilience within their own practice.

Training or individuals with an in-depth focus on adult resilience.

​This advanced level training for individuals provides an in-depth focus on adult resilience, across a range of settings. With a combination of scheduled online and face-to-face delivery. The training provides full access to online resources and is accredited through the Australian Psychology Society and the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Please note: Practitioner training is not trainer training

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