Mental Toughness Development Toolkit - Primary and Junior

An array of experiential exercises which can be run in classrooms with individuals or small/large groups.

The Mental Toughness Development Toolkit is an array of experiential exercises which can be run in classrooms, offices, training rooms with individuals and/or small and large groups (whole classes). It also works well in conjunction with outdoor experiential exercises.

This a flexible toolkit of exercises which can be adapted or applied in a variety of ways. The exercises fall into 3 main groups:
Short, typically 10 -15 minute, exercises which are easily integrated into a lesson or an activity. These will normally be run at the start of a lesson or activity, making a point which is of value in the remainder of the lesson (and indeed other lessons too).
Whole lesson (40 – 60 minute) exercises which will typically engage all students in a class and will focus on a particular learning point.
Multi-Lesson Exercises (typically two or three lessons) which require some element of coursework. These are often capable of integration with the main curriculum.
Many of the exercises can be run several times in slightly different ways enabling the content to focus on a specific outcome.


Your Instructor


Steve Oakes
Steve Oakes

Steve heads up AQR’s educational division and has responsibility for Business and Product development strategy is this sector. He manages product and material development for this sector as well as delivery and account management. Working with schools and colleges to make a positive impacts on key issues such as transition, attainment, bullying, employability, aspirations, classroom behaviour, peer relationships

Formerly Assistant Director of Sixth Form at Blue Coat School in Oldham where he led a programme since 2012 to embed a mental toughness culture throughout the school. Blue Coat School has won acclaim for producing one of the best sets of A level results in the UK. Blue Coat is a teaching school. Steve is adding to his practical experience by working on a PhD in Mental Toughness under the supervision of Professor Peter Clough.


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