Character Education: Teaching Resilience

Date & Time: Teaching Resilience Part 1
Thursday 8 November 2018
14:30 - 17:30

Teaching Resilience Part 2
Thursday 15 November 2018
14:30 - 17:30
Event Format: Workshop
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: WCTSP members: £120
Non members: £150
(includes refreshments)
Event Focus Categories: Character Education
Target Audience: All teachers & educationalists interested in Character Education & teaching Resilience; particularly Heads of PSHE, Deputy Heads with pastoral or academic/curriculum responsibilities, Heads of Department interested in developing character education in their subjects.
Event Description:

This course will take teachers through some of the thinking skills that can be used to build resilience, both for teachers and pupils. It will also provide some information on how to understand and manage emotions.

This course draws on the Government's continued focus on 'character and resilience' as is set out in the White Paper 'Educational Excellence Everywhere' (March 2016). This outlined that 'a 21st century education should prepare children for adult life by instilling the character traits and fundamental British values that will help them succeed: being resilient and knowing how to persevere, how to bounce back if faced with failure, and how to collaborate with others at work and in their private lives.' (p.94).

Event Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the thinking skills which can promote resilience at an adult level.
  • Learn how resilience fits with a broader picture of character education.
  • Learn about the links between resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Find out about some tools which can be taught to young people to help them to develop their own resilience and ability to cope with challenge, change or adversity.
  • Consider ways in which these tools can be taught in the classroom.

Course Leader 1: Ian Morris (Wellbeing, Philosophy & Religion Teacher)
Ian has taught in state and independent schools since 2001. Originally an RS teacher, Ian took over the running of PSHE at Wellington in 2005 and started the Well-being programme in 2006, which he still runs. Ian divides his time between Wellington College, where he teaches Well-being and Philosophy and Religion and The Wellington Academy, where he works with students in Personalized Learning. In the summer term of 2015, Ian undertook a placement at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue at the University of Birmingham, where he helped set up 2 research projects investigating the teaching of character education in schools. Ian is the author of ‘Learning to Ride Elephants’, a guide to teaching well-being in schools.
No of Participants: 12
SPONSOR/PARTNER Wellington College
Wellington College