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WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

Developing Resilience...

A wise man once said “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence and perseverance”. It was actually my old Form Teacher, Mr Rowntree, and his words have stayed with me for 22 years (and counting).

With the risk of placing too much importance on resilience, the need to develop these skills is probably more important now than ever before. It is worth saying that resilience, perseverance and coping skills can all be improved and developed with hard work. 

The role of developing resilience relies heavily on providing our young people the right environment to learn. We not only have to provide the right amount of challenge but also the right amount of support. Too much challenge and no support results in stress, pressure and burnouts. Too much support and not enough challenge can lead to complacency.

So, how can we develop resilience?:

  1. Keep your eye on the Prize (Maintain your perspective). Keeping a sense of perspective is crucial. Having the ability to keep an eye on the bigger picture as well as the mundane small details will help stay on track. Being able to focus on both during tough periods will help develop resilience
  2. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, and further your development. Often when we isolate ourselves due to growing pressures, the more we brood over bad decisions which in turn increases our stress and frustration. Surrounding yourself with likeminded, kind hardworking people will impact on our wellbeing and effort levels
  3. Believe in yourself and your own abilities. Have hope! Being optimistic is crucial in developing resilience. When you believe in yourself you are more likely to push yourself and place yourself into challenging (and hugely rewarding) situations
  4. Be flexible. Learn to be adaptable, things will go wrong, being able to ‘flex’ with these changes is a key part of resilience. Bruce Lee noted “the stiffest tree is most easily cracked”
  5. There will be some stress...Don't totally avoid stressful situations. Finding the right balance is tricky but some stress is helpful, it means you care

I would like to finish this week's Blog in the same way as the last:

Right now the prospect of sitting their GCSE exams will undoubtedly be a concern to many students in Year 11 and I encourage you to have a conversation with your child, discuss the steps mentioned above and most importantly encourage them to discuss their concerns with their Year Leader, Tutors and Teaching Staff.

If you are concerned and would like to speak to me, please do not hesitate to contact me: hoyyear11@hessleacademy.com

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Julian

Head of Year 11

Mrs Lacey

Assistant Head of Year 11