Develop children’s mental toughness and adopt a whole-school approach to building resilience with practical classroom activities for Reception to Year 6.

Packed with pick-up-and-go resources, this handbook provides an evidence-based framework to monitor children’s mental health and helps to measure the impact of interventions over time.

  • Adopt evidence-based strategies, underpinned by theory from the 4C model of Mental Toughness, in your classroom.

  • Gain access to 8 practical classroom activities for each year group, from Reception to Year 6, including video lessons and downloadable resources.

  • Use in conjunction with Growth Mindset: Every Child a Learner and Thinking Classrooms as part of an holistic approach to developing effective learners.

Sample Pages

Sample Pages

Activities for 6-7 year olds

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About the Authors

Katherine Muncaster

Katherine has been teaching for 21 years and is passionate about engaging children in their own learning. She also works as an education consultant, presenting her work at conferences and universities, and provides both online training and consultancy for schools in the UK. She regularly blogs and shares her ideas at, on Twitter @everychilda and on Instagram 'everychilda'.


Steve Oakes 

Steve Oakes is an experienced classroom teacher and head of faculty who has spent time testing tools for character development. He has been the director of education for AQR international where he worked with Professor Peter Clough investigating the impact of mental toughness on young people. He is currently the director of VESPA Mindset and in the last four years he has worked with over 200 schools in the UK and internationally.  He is the co-author of The A Level Mindset (2016) and The GCSE Mindset (2017) and The Student Mindset (2019).

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