Mental Toughness in the education sector has emerged as a highly significant factor in the development of young people. The key challenges they face and what they can do about them, particularly when approaching exams or tests.
AQR are working extensively and successfully in the UK education sector with schools and further education establishments to develop mental toughness in staff and students to help improve their overall well being. There are many case studies available to demonstrate the success of their mental toughness development programmes, the most recent being with The Blue Coat School in Oldham in the North West of England. The School has run the Mental Toughness programme for the last three years and has seen a significant and positive impact on the attainment, wellbeing and behaviours of students and staff.
Published research and case studies form around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in a young persons:
- Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals
- Positive Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do”
- Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management , less prone to bullying
- Aspirations – more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk
As a result, AQR have developed the highly successful UCanPass Programme. UCanPass is a programme designed specifically to develop the mind-set of students in order to deal effectively with exams and tests and in turn increase performance and attainment. It features mental toughness at the heart of it.
UCanPass is an intensive highly practical workshop which provides the basis for developing an approach which delivers better exam and school performance. The programme includes:
- What are the challenges I face and what is my response to them
- What is mental toughness and why is it important to me
- Assessing mental toughness and what this says about my attitude and my mindset
- Developing mental toughness
- Applying mental toughness to the key challenges in your world – action planning and review