Ben Ward is the head of Faculty for Mathematics and Financial Literacy at Whalley Range High School, Manchester. He lectures on leadership; has presented at the National Maths Teachers conference and at a number of TeachMeets; and has facilitated on middle leadership training programmes. Ben coaches and mentors middle leaders around the country and is passionate about developing teachers at all levels. Outside of school he is a governor at a local Primary, and has completed a masters in Education Leadership. He also tweets and blogs on Maths, education and leadership.
We know that successful students are those who are resilient, and there has been increasing amounts written about how to develop resilience in our students. There is lots of excellent advice, lots of good strategies, lots of excellent applications of Dweck’s growth mindset or Claxton’s building learning power. But I think there is one simple thing that we can do in class every day that will go a long way to helping students become more resilient, or at least giving them permission to build the confidence and perseverance needed.