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Boingboing

Boingboing’s vision is for school and college communities to generate sustainable resilience-building cultures, which are adaptable under changing external circumstances.

Their mission is to work with the whole school, including families, pupils and the wider community to support wellbeing and academic resilience using research evidence and practical strategies.

They deliver a range of bespoke training packages and support schools and colleges wishing to implement the ‘Academic Resilience Approach’ (ARA). The ARA involves strategic planning and detailed practice to promote positive mental health and educational attainment for everyone, but particularly vulnerable pupils. They offer a one day CPD certified workshop that prepares schools to strategically plan the implementation of the ARA and evaluate its impact. This is complemented by additional training and support such as: 1-3 hour whole school INSETS, targeted training and coaching for key individuals, training on whole school mental health approaches using resilience, co-producing peer support programmes and mentoring, auditing the school by collecting data from pupils families and staff, and supporting data tracking and analysis.

They also offer a six day ‘Supporting the Academic Resilience Approach’ (SARA), which aims to create capacity within MATs and local authorities on a wider scale. Accredited at Levels 6 and 7 by the University of Brighton, it is an intensive post-graduate training course that enables people to work alongside schools to implement the ARA and use the resilience evidence effectively.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Understanding the Academic Resilience Approach (1 day CPD accredited course)
  • Who’s it for?
    For anyone involved in the school community including senior leaders, teachers, school nurses, receptionists, facilities staff, educational psychologists and governors.

    Course overview
    This course will enable your school to understand the Academic Resilience Approach (framework available to download below) and implement a sustainable resilient culture appropriate to your context, using freely available resources and involving the whole school community.

    It will enable your staff and students (particularly the most vulnerable) to respond to adverse events, challenging situations and pressure points in the academic year resiliently, therefore support a healthy learning environment.

    The course covers:
    – Demonstration of tools to audit pupils, staff and parents about resilience within the school or college
    – Understanding of research evidence about resilience and links to attainment
    – Strategies for whole school/college resilience, wellbeing and positive mental health using the local context
    – Practical tools for all staff to use to promote resilience in everyday interactions and to support their own resilience
    – Exploring methods to evaluate impact
    – Ideas for co-production and social justice approaches in schools and colleges.

    Programme duration
    One day workshop of six hours or two half day workshops.

    How many people is this for?
    Minimum of 10 participants to a maximum of 150.
    Can be whole school training for all staff including admin and facilities staff.
    Can also be developed to suit SLT, governors, pastoral teams or key personnel across a cluster of schools.

    Estimated cost
    – Prices for bespoke training start at £850 for a day of training, £450 for half a day plus travel and accommodation costs.
    – Training is available with a young co-trainer who has a lived experience of adversity and expertise of navigating the school system for an additional £250.
    – Support is costed on a per day/half day basis but varies according to the phase of school, the location and the number of participants training.
    – Training in Blackpool and Brighton costs £120 per participant – contact Boingboing to find out more

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Delivered face to face at your school or a venue of your choosing.
    Training in Brighton or Blackpool takes place in the university or local authority venues.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet schools’ needs.
    Boingboing also offers training in Blackpool and Brighton throughout the year – contact them to find out more.

  • Supporting the Academic Resilience Approach (SARA) in educational settings - How to Implement it (accredited at Level 6 & 7)
  • Who’s it for?
    For professionals working with schools/colleges, senior school leaders or staff with responsibilities for mental health and wellbeing, local authority education departments.

    Course overview
    This programme aims:
    – increase capacity within schools, local authorities or MATs to implement Academic Resilience and whole school wellbeing using freely-available resources
    – ensure that key individuals have a thorough understanding of the Academic Resilience Approach and are able to engage staff, pupils or parents in it sustainably.

    Having attended, you will be able to support and guide schools to develop their own approach using audit tools and strategic planning as well as practical tools available from Boingboing. SARA-trained staff can also support and develop projects with pupils or staff such as resilience-based mentoring.

    The programme covers:
    – How to adapt the Academic Resilience Approach to different contexts with schools
    – How to present the Academic Resilience Approach to staff, pupils and parents in a clear and coherent fashion using a range of training techniques
    – Practical ideas to involve the whole school community and how to support and guide planning and review of resilience-building structures and processes within a school or college
    – Effective approaches to co-production and social justice
    – Optional submission of academic work to the University of Brighton for Level 6 or 7 accreditation.

    Programme duration
    Six sessions in blocks of two days over approximately three months.

    How many people is this for?
    Minimum of eight participants up to a maximum of 15.

    Estimated cost
    Prices start at £2500 per participant for the 6-day course with £500 for university submission and accreditation.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school or a venue of your choice.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Academic Resilience strategic projects (bespoke projects using a pick and mix of training, coaching and support)
  • Who’s it for?
    For anyone involved in the school community including senior leaders, teachers, school nurses, receptionists, facilities staff, educational psychologists and governors.

    Course overview
    – Ongoing consultancy and support for schools to generate a resilient culture and engage the whole school community including staff, parents and pupils.
    – Projects can be co-designed using the expertise of those who will benefit from the resilience-building projects.
    – Support for rigorous evaluation with the support of Brighton University to report on impact.

    Programme duration
    Three half-day visits or workshops, termly two-hour twilight sessions, student or parent focus groups followed by staff training, consultancy support, learning walks, flexible support according to need.

    How many people is this for?
    Flexible depending on the project.

    Estimated cost
    Prices start at £850 per day, £450 for half a day.
    Prices are negotiable depending on the duration of the project, location and phase and size of your school.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face, at your school.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs

    Possible Promotions
    When you make an enquiry through CPDBee, prices on larger projects with Boingboing can be negotiated.

Delivery location

Boingboing delivers programmes nationally in the UK.

Impact

Impact to date

Over the past 4 years, Boingboing has implemented the ARA in over 60 schools. The ARA has also been used in Europe and globally.

The emerging findings of Boingboing’s research indicate the ARA has an impact on schools’ resilience including staff and students. They have observed improvements in staff resilience and wellbeing, trust and communication in the school system, increased links to the community and other support services, peer relationship and nurturing support for students with additional needs.

Feedback from senior leaders, collected by CPDBee, shows that staff confidence and competence using new knowledge in practice has improved and that both staff and pupils use the new tools to overcome adversity and improve mental health.

Impact measurements used

Boingboing aim to improve Academic Resilience – achieving good educational outcomes despite adversity – by training schools in their approach.

They are affiliated with the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ) at the University of Brighton and work to high academic and community development standards. They measure their impact through a combination of quantitative and qualitative surveys.

Amongst other outcomes, they capture data about participants’ changes in knowledge and understanding of resilience and the extent to which the course developed skills, increased confidence and improved commitment to work and home life. They build detailed qualitative narratives about the value of the programme which measure their courses’ impact at personal, professional and organisational levels.

They also work with external organisations to independently evaluate the impact of their work.

External assessment of impact

Boingboing have an expert research and evaluation team based at the University of Brighton who is leading the evaluation of the Academic Resilience Approach implementation in two large local areas in the UK. These evaluation processes are ongoing.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Boingboing delivers training that aims to improve and evaluate specific outcomes – improving academic resilience. It was initially developed by Professor Angie Hart of University of Brighton with Lisa Williams, who is a Children’s Services commissioner in partnership with the mental health charity, YoungMinds.

The ARA is underpinned by robust evidence and expertise. It draws on complex systems theory, using a Resilience Framework to audit the school community and plan for multiple resilience-building mechanisms across the educational institution. The ARA tools and resources enable an educational institution to embed resilience within their unique circumstances, whilst maintaining their core values.

Boingboing’s courses are interactive, reflective and collaborative. They aim to explain how and why approaches work and support participants translate the theory into practice. Their training is accredited by the University of Brighton but what makes them truly unique is that they are co-delivered by young people who have had experience of diversity and been involved in resilience research projects.

Team experience and expertise

The Boingboing team have two main facilitators, Gabrielle Rowles and Mary Hinton.

Gabrielle, is a former social worker and History teacher (of 18 years) who began her career developing Urban Adventure Programmes to support vulnerable, disadvantaged people benefit from outdoor activities. More recently, having discovered the Resilience Approach, she has completed a Masters in Education into the positive impacts of using the Academic Resilience Approach in adult to child mentoring in schools. She loves making training relevant, creative and inclusive.

Mary is a former head teacher and teacher of twenty years, who has since worked with young offenders and children in care. She discovered the Resilience Framework when she became Head of the Virtual School for Children in Care and Care Leavers. Since then she has been involved in the co-production or resilience resources with children in care, care leavers and foster carers. She believes Resilience Therapy makes sense, especially in the world of multi-agency working as it is a model that transcends policy and keeps the individual in mind and involved.

Boingboing also have young co-trainers who have lived experience of adversity, which makes them experts in the field. They have also had additional training to develop them as trainers.

Testimonials

Headstart Blackpool, Pauline Wigglesworth, Lead

Boingboing are unique in the training offer they provide, bringing resilience research into practice and offering high-quality training opportunities for a wide range of people, including YP, Parents/carers, practitioners, leaders, commissioners etc.

Aspire Academy, Blackpool, Neil Oldham, Deputy Principal

The facilitators are extremely knowledgeable. The training style is very hands on and informative. Everything has been relevant to the school setting and the approach is hugely valuable in school.

It can be quite rare that training events with external providers has such a positive impact on the whole school setting – with the Boingboing training everything is relevant and provides a refreshing, yet simple approach to whole school change and cultural buy in for greater resilience.

Park Community Academy, Keith Berry, Headteacher

Boingboing are facilitating aspects of the HeadStart programme in Blackpool to support the mental health of children and young people, using a community development approach to embed resilience. As a school our main focus of training was based on the Academic Resilience Approach.

Their training helped us equip staff and pupils with new tools to support overcoming adversity and improve their mental health, and, in turn, educational outcomes. As part of the ARA training we focused on the ‘The Resilience Framework’, which helped us identify multiple resilience-building mechanisms that were applicable in multiple contexts with children and young people.

The training itself was bespoke to the needs of our school and was facilitated in a positive, inspiring way to all staff. Mary, who delivered the training has a wealth of experience and knowledge working with a variety of schools across the country and helped develop our whole school practice.

The ARA training helped improve the resilience knowledge of all school staff along with their confidence and competence in using this knowledge in practice. The training reinforces the importance of belonging to a school community, learning basic life skills, coping with daily stresses, and developing future possible selves as core aspects of resilience-building, which in turn will lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes.

The Forest Academy, Kevin Howarth, Assistant Principal

I was able to liaise with Gabrielle [from Boingboing] directly and as result, she was able to tailor the day to our exact needs. Gabrielle was easily accessible albeit via phone or email to answer any queries promptly. The day itself was well resourced. Gabrielle had the difficult task of working with both adults and young people. Gabrielle demonstrated that she was adept at both and the training provided will have a long-lasting impact on our school.

Headstart Blackpool, Pauline Wigglesworth, Lead

Boingboing are unique in the training offer they provide, bringing resilience research into practice and offering high-quality training opportunities for a wide range of people, including YP, Parents/carers, practitioners, leaders, commissioners etc.

Aspire Academy, Blackpool, Neil Oldham, Deputy Principal

The facilitators are extremely knowledgeable. The training style is very hands on and informative. Everything has been relevant to the school setting and the approach is hugely valuable in school.

It can be quite rare that training events with external providers has such a positive impact on the whole school setting – with the Boingboing training everything is relevant and provides a refreshing, yet simple approach to whole school change and cultural buy in for greater resilience.

Park Community Academy, Keith Berry, Headteacher

Boingboing are facilitating aspects of the HeadStart programme in Blackpool to support the mental health of children and young people, using a community development approach to embed resilience. As a school our main focus of training was based on the Academic Resilience Approach.

Their training helped us equip staff and pupils with new tools to support overcoming adversity and improve their mental health, and, in turn, educational outcomes. As part of the ARA training we focused on the ‘The Resilience Framework’, which helped us identify multiple resilience-building mechanisms that were applicable in multiple contexts with children and young people.

The training itself was bespoke to the needs of our school and was facilitated in a positive, inspiring way to all staff. Mary, who delivered the training has a wealth of experience and knowledge working with a variety of schools across the country and helped develop our whole school practice.

The ARA training helped improve the resilience knowledge of all school staff along with their confidence and competence in using this knowledge in practice. The training reinforces the importance of belonging to a school community, learning basic life skills, coping with daily stresses, and developing future possible selves as core aspects of resilience-building, which in turn will lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes.

The Forest Academy, Kevin Howarth, Assistant Principal

I was able to liaise with Gabrielle [from Boingboing] directly and as result, she was able to tailor the day to our exact needs. Gabrielle was easily accessible albeit via phone or email to answer any queries promptly. The day itself was well resourced. Gabrielle had the difficult task of working with both adults and young people. Gabrielle demonstrated that she was adept at both and the training provided will have a long-lasting impact on our school.