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Bespoke Workshop - Resilience (KS3-5)

60-minute high quality, detailed & flexible workshops or assemblies.

Performed to students in small or large groups.

May suit carousel days or one-off visits. Available throughout the year.

How do the sessions run?

Our workshops are performed by 3 professional actors.

We start by breaking down what we are covering in the sessions: we explore the definitions, clarify facts and any laws surrounding the topic, and invite the students to answer questions and get involved.
The students are then shown scenes with characters in everyday, relatable situations.

We use elements of Augusto Boal's 'Forum Theatre: following scenes which see young characters with conflicting objectives, we freeze the action and split the audience into groups; the students are invited to advise the characters about what to do next. This is designed to allow students to articulate opinions and feelings in a safe, objective environment.

What We Cover

Building resilience and managing transition when obstacles arise such as negative relationships, exam stress and peer pressure.

Our Resilience workshop explores issues included in the PSHE Suggested Programme of Study (Core Theme 1 - Health & Wellbeing & Core Theme 2 - Relationships).

We take a focused look at myths & facts surrounding mental health & how to build resilience including: physical health vs. mental health; Mental Health Conditions vs. Everyday mental health; symptoms & treatment of some conditions including Anxiety/Depression, OCD & eating disorders.

The students are invited to offer advice to a series of characters, including a young person who is experiencing stress and low self-esteem; and someone who is experiencing a change in friendship groups as their classmate is trying to control how they express themselves.

We conclude by outlining help and resources available.

We're more than happy to tailor the workshop upon request to focus on any issues you feel are particularly relevant to your students.

Included with the workshop

  • Teacher's further work pack

Why is it so important to discuss Resilience with young people?

Conversations about mental health have improved hugely over the last decade, however we strongly believe that talking about mental health must include talking about how to improve and maintain good mental health by building resilience to change, stress and finding methods to manage negative situations.

Young Minds, PAPYRUS, Childline & NSPCC have all said 'more open and frank conversations should be encouraged with children.

Ofsted said 'Where learning was weak: understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle seemed to be patchy with gaps in knowledge, most commonly about mental health, alcohol, sex and relationships...'

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