All OA staff from across our three academies came together for a day of thought provoking, practical training to begin Spring term 2019. The focus of the training day was on resilience – looking at how our staff and our students can better recognise and grow their own resilience. OA staff worked together to define resilience and identify the essential components we all need to be resilient. It was an opportunity to reflect on our core OA values – our belief that all challenges can be overcome and that we have a shared determination not to give up on those who have not experienced success.
The training session was led by John Shepperd from Resilience Doughnut. Resilience Doughnut is a practical, research-validated tool being used to build the emotional resilience and wellbeing of children, young people and adults. John spoke to OA staff of the need for us all to emphasise “what’s strong rather than what’s wrong” and how we “build or reduce the capacity for resilience through every conversation” we have with our students. His message was clear; although resilience doesn’t make us immune to adversity, it does help us navigate our way through life’s challenges. Our staff left the training day brimming with new ideas about how we can best support our students to help them want to make positive changes, to have ambition, to improve their emotional wellbeing and build their resilience.