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Resilience Forum for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research
Topic: Experiences in building resilience around the Year 6 & 7 transition
Location: E424 Checkland Building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN1 9PH
Session Summary: There are many aspects of a young person’s life that we have little or no control over, however one major life event that we are aware of is the transition from primary to secondary school. This transition is widely recognised as a time of anxiety for young people and can be a trigger for mental ill health. To address this issue Eikon has created The Smart Moves programme. It is based on the existing evidence-based resource Resilience Framework (Hart, Blincow & Thomas, 2007) and the Resilient Classroom (Hove Park School, Boing-Boing and YoungMinds).
Smart Moves helps students to develop lifelong resilience which helps address some common anxieties when transitioning from year 6 to year 7. It equips teachers to facilitate evidence-based short sessions that give young people small learnable skills (Smart Moves) to build resilience and develop good mental health. Developed in consultation with schools and young people into engaging, interactive and easy to use material for the classroom it is also flexible enough to be delivered in a variety of formats.
This session will take you through the origins and development of the programme, the impact and feedback so far as well as what we have learnt and experienced during the process of developing it and rolling it out across Surrey Schools.
Biography: Affy & Stefan have both been involved in supporting young people for over 15 years. Affy has experience working directly with young people both in formal and informal settings, managing youth specialists in school and delivering youth work projects. She has also worked closely with several schools to develop their strategy and implement changes around pastoral support. Affy is Project Lead for the Smart Moves programme, developing the material and implementing the roll out across Surrey.
Stefan set-up and led a young people’s charity (WVYP) for 10 years. In 2016 WVYP, Reflex Woking and Eikon merged to bring together their range of expertise and local relationships with the aim of having more positive impact in more young people’s lives. Stefan is passionate about finding the most effective ways to improve outcomes with young people. Stefan leads Innovation, Development and Partnerships at the Eikon Charity. Eikon is a young people’s charity based in Surrey. It works to improve young people’s outcomes through work in schools, neighbourhoods and families by using one to one’s, group work and training. Eikon is part of the new Mindsight Surrey CAMHS service that was commissioned from April 2016..
Who might be most interested: School staff, practitioners, academics, researchers, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people and those who support them.
Travel Information: For details of where to find us please see this map (external link). The Falmer Campus is well-served by public transport (25, 25A and 25C buses, and Falmer train station).
*NOTE Parking restrictions will be in force, with clamping and fines being issued. Demand for parking at Falmer is far in excess of the spaces available and alternative transport is strongly recommended. Please ensure that if you do need to bring your car you either have a Falmer permit or contact Becky to pre-book a parking space well in advance. See our travel information page.