Serena Bradshaw
Katie Lowe
Goddards
Coaching Practice
The soft skills
specialists
www.achieve.uk.com
www.goddardconsultant...
Mental toughness and transition
1. The concept of Mental Toughness
2. How it’s developed
3. How can you and your pupils be...
“A personality trait which determines
how we deal with challenge, stressors
and pressure ....”
Mental toughness—a definiti...
• The measure was first used to in education in
2008 to look at Performance, Behaviour and
Career Aspirations. It is now u...
Mental toughness scores can predict:
Performance – Mental Toughness measure explains
up to 25% of the variation in attainm...
Challenge
Do you look forward to change; or
Is it a threat?
Control
How much do you control what happens to you; and
How d...
.
“I am capable of
achieving anything
I set my mind to”
Mental toughness and current thinking—eg Dweck
Fixed mindset
• Avoid risk
• Focus on ability not
effort
• Effort is disagr...
Next section:
• Do we agree that Mental Toughness is
essential for successful transition?
• How can we develop Mental
Toug...
Mental toughness development:
3 step process:
Diagnosis
• Paper or online questionnaire: only 10 minutes
• Scores are reported on a 1 – 10 Sten Scale:
– Stens 1, 2 & 3 ...
Introduce and embed targeted interventions
6 areas of intervention to improve mental toughness
1. Positive thinking – affi...
Confidence
• Talent match
• Positive thinking
• Role models
In practice activities relating to the 4 C’s could include …
C...
Summary
Mental Toughness
– Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence
3 Steps to developing mental toughness
– Diagnosis, ...
Purpose of a pilot
Demonstrate:
• The value of Mental Toughness diagnostic in
itself
• How teachers can use and embed targ...
What would a pilot look like in practice?
1. Staff presentation / cascade?
2. Pencil and paper assessment or on line
3. Re...
Next steps
Q&A
Who, What, When, Where, How …
Thank you!
Stroop test:
Say the colours of the words as quickly as you can
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Resilience and transition into secondary school

  1. 1. Serena Bradshaw Katie Lowe Goddards Coaching Practice The soft skills specialists www.achieve.uk.com www.goddardconsultants.com
  2. 2. Mental toughness and transition 1. The concept of Mental Toughness 2. How it’s developed 3. How can you and your pupils benefit, in practice
  3. 3. “A personality trait which determines how we deal with challenge, stressors and pressure ....” Mental toughness—a definition:
  4. 4. • The measure was first used to in education in 2008 to look at Performance, Behaviour and Career Aspirations. It is now used widely in secondary, further and higher education in the UK and overseas • Research and development at Hull University • It’s measured via a questionnaire • Mental Sensitivity is the opposite of Mental Toughness Some background to Mental Toughness
  5. 5. Mental toughness scores can predict: Performance – Mental Toughness measure explains up to 25% of the variation in attainment Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do” Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management , less bullying
  6. 6. Challenge Do you look forward to change; or Is it a threat? Control How much do you control what happens to you; and How do you control your emotions? Confidence Do you have confidence in your abilities; and Do you have confidence to handle difficult situations? Commitment Do you keep going when the going gets tough; or Do you give up through fear of failure? Mental toughness has 4 ingredients
  7. 7. . “I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to”
  8. 8. Mental toughness and current thinking—eg Dweck Fixed mindset • Avoid risk • Focus on ability not effort • Effort is disagreeable • Failure is attributed to others (blame) • Avoid mistakes and setbacks Growth mindset • Challenge is good • Learn form mistakes • Hard work is more important than ability • If one person can learn, I can learn • Only the Growth Mindset delivers sustainable success Growth Mindset = Mental Toughness k
  9. 9. Next section: • Do we agree that Mental Toughness is essential for successful transition? • How can we develop Mental Toughness?
  10. 10. Mental toughness development: 3 step process:
  11. 11. Diagnosis • Paper or online questionnaire: only 10 minutes • Scores are reported on a 1 – 10 Sten Scale: – Stens 1, 2 & 3 – “Low” scores – 16% of population – Stens 8, 9 & 10 – “High” Scores– 16% of population – Stens 4 – 7 – Typical or normal scores – 68% of population • MT is normally distributed • This diagnostic is more accurate than tutor assessment alone
  12. 12. Introduce and embed targeted interventions 6 areas of intervention to improve mental toughness 1. Positive thinking – affirmations, self talk etc 2. Visualisation – guided imagery, seeing success 3. Anxiety Control – relaxation, breathing, etc 4. Attentional Control – focus, dealing with interruptions 5. Goal achievement – SMART, balancing goals, chunking 6. The test itself + feedback – people respond to the feedback
  13. 13. Confidence • Talent match • Positive thinking • Role models In practice activities relating to the 4 C’s could include … Commitment • Positive affirmations • Treasure mapping Challenge • SMART goals • Planning Control • Colour stroop • STOP
  14. 14. Summary Mental Toughness – Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence 3 Steps to developing mental toughness – Diagnosis, Embed targeted activities*, Evaluation *Activities / intervention – 7 Broad areas of intervention
  15. 15. Purpose of a pilot Demonstrate: • The value of Mental Toughness diagnostic in itself • How teachers can use and embed targeted activities to develop mental toughness • Apply lessons learned prior to full roll- out in 2013-14
  16. 16. What would a pilot look like in practice? 1. Staff presentation / cascade? 2. Pencil and paper assessment or on line 3. Results: feedback with key staff / parents: does this ring true? 4. Agree specific activities / interventions: • Delivered by your staff after training • Resource availability online 5. Evaluation
  17. 17. Next steps Q&A Who, What, When, Where, How …
  18. 18. Thank you!
  19. 19. Stroop test: Say the colours of the words as quickly as you can
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