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Independent Assessment 

Royal Holloway University

New independent research commissioned by youth charity Eikon shows that school based programmes such as Smart Moves can significantly improve resiliency for young people. This is exciting news for schools keen to positively impact young people’s resilience, behaviour and progress.


The research conducted by Dr Watling and her team at Royal Holloway University of London asked more than 900 young people about their resilience and wellbeing as an independent assessment of the Smart Moves programme. The Eikon charity developed Smart Moves, a resilience building programme designed for Year 6 to Year 7 transition. Smart Moves based on the Resilient Classroom resource and draws on the Resilient Framework by Boingboing. These resources were created by Sam Taylor, Angie Hart and Hove Park School.

The research included an assessment of children’s resiliency, wellbeing, and behaviour before and after engaging with the Smart Moves programme. Ten schools took part in this evaluation, four primary or junior schools and six secondary schools. Findings demonstrated that pupils who had low to average resiliency pre -Smart Moves, had significant improvements in resiliency on completion of Smart Moves and in a group who were visited three months later, their resiliency level did not drop to previous levels.

Importantly the research also showed that both teachers and pupils felt that through using Smart Moves they were able to build confidence around their capability (e.g. transition to secondary school, dealing with new situations, building friendships and to be able to cope when they begin to worry.) Children also reported they were better able to communicate about feelings, to understand how others may be feeling, and to engage in conflict resolution.

The report from the work of Dr Watling and her team at Royal Holloway University of London also shows that where there is success in enhancing resiliency, it can positively impact both wellbeing and behaviour. These findings indicate the wider benefits of building both resiliency and wellbeing for pupils’ behavioural outcomes. The assessments included Kidscreen 27 and the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire to assess pupils’ behaviour.

To read the report in full please click here