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Getting Ahead: Resilience and digital practices: Development of a research and practice toolkit: Report from the pilot group

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Published
Publication date19/02/2018
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Number of pages38
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Getting Ahead offers ‘a series of interventions taking place outside of the school environment’ . Getting Ahead is one of the delivery elements of HeadStart Wolverhampton , which has developed and provided programmes to develop stronger resilience in young people. An initial pilot programme was run in 2016. Evidence provided by the Learning Technologies Services, from project personnel, teachers and pupils involved in the programme, highlighted a number of key points about their experiences. Overall, the outcomes reported in this evidence were strongly positive; both pupils and teachers recognised ways in which the programme had developed their resilience, and this evidence was strongly aligned by reports from both pupils and teachers.

Findings from the pilot programme enabled an identification of 21 attributes that were crucial elements of resilience. It was felt that to explore the development of resilience more carefully, these could be measured at specific times, as they were developed over the period of the programme. To enable project personnel, teachers and pupils to report on these attributes at specific times during a programme, to measure the changes occurring, and to provide means to support the development of resilience, it was proposed that four tools could be developed. This report defines these tools, but more specifically shows how the first two of those four tools were developed, indicates how they might be used by tutors, teachers and pupils, illustrates how results might be presented and analysed, and details how the profiling tool was tested by the Learning Technologies Service with a trial group and how analyses of data provided allowed findings to be identified.