The Student Experience
Year 7 – Managing the World Around me

During year 7 students develop the cognitive and behavioural skills required to make the most of opportunities and deal with setbacks. These foundational skills will be relevant now and transferable beyond school. Each year students will return to these skills in order to ‘boost’ their resilience as they develop. Next in year 7 students will apply the skills to navigating the media and social media, learning the benefits and drawbacks of posting on-line and making the best use of technology in a safe and beneficial way. Finally in year 7 they will learn to harness the potential of their mind and increase their attentional skills using mindfulness.

Year 8 – Moving Toward My Future

At the start of year 8 students consider who they are now and who they hope to be as adults. They learn to set realistic goals that matter to them and bring the future nearer, so that they can see that what they do now in school is directly connected to what they want for their future.  In this context they then think about the influences around them and debate social norms and myths about nutrition, health, body images, tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs.  Towards the end of the year they explore how their bodies are changing and how to create and sustain healthy relationships.

Year 9 – Taking Control of the Decisions I Make

In year 9 students build their year 7 and 8 learning and apply their new skills to developing positive relationships and consider the risks associated with unhealthy relationships. They discuss the health and emotional implications of sexual relationships and debate the impact of alcohol use and misuse. The year 9 curriculum finishes by allowing students the time and space to reflect, discuss and apply the resilience skills and the knowledge they have gained thus far, the focus is on making good decisions as life becomes more complicated.

Year 10 – The Beginning of Adulthood

During year 10 students as they move toward adulthood they will learn about mental illness and how to recognise it in themselves and the people around them. They will consider the stigma that surrounds mental illness and will explore when and how to seek help if needed. They then move onto understanding their values and levels of maturity as their relationships develop. They will explore the responsibilities of being a parent.  They will engage in a more mature debate about making informed choices about alcohol and substance use.  The year 10 curriculum draws to a close by revisiting and applying the resilience skills. Students will explore how they are still relevant as they think about taking exams and moving beyond school. They will also consider how the skills developed during these lessons are transferable and useful in the future.

The Curriculum as a Whole

To download a copy of the whole student experience click here.

Year 7 Curriculum Elements
Click on the title for a synopsis of the element that can also be taught as a set of stand alone lessons.

Penn Resilience Programme  – Click here for the dates of the next training.

Media Navigator – Click here for the dates of the next training.

.breathe – Click here for the dates of the next training.

Access to the Healthy Minds Curriculum is available to schools not involved in Healthy Minds. To find out more contact us.

Year 8 Curriculum Elements
Click on the title for a synopsis of the element that can also be taught as a set of stand alone lessons.

From School to LifeContact us for the next training dates.

Unplugged – Access to the training is available via Mentor UK.

Media Influences  Contact us for the next training dates. More information can be found here.

Sex Ed Sorted and Relationship Smarts – Contact us for the next training dates.

To find out more or to book a place at the next training contact us.

Year 9 Curriculum Elements
Relationship Smarts (continued) – Contact us for the next training dates.

School Health Alcohol Harm Reduction Project – Access to SHAHRP is available from the Alcohol Education Trust via or by calling 01300 320869.

Sex Ed Sorted  – Contact us for the next training dates.

To find out more or to book a place at the next training contact us.

Year 10 Curriculum Elements
Mental Illness Investigated – The next training date will be held on 8th November 2017.

How to Thrive are also facilitating training for schools not involved in Healthy Minds Contact us to find out more or click here.

Unplugged – Access to the training is available via Mentor UK.

Parents Under Construction – The next training will be held on the 5th February 2018.

Resilient Learners  – The next training will be held on 30th April 2018.

To find out more or to book a place at the next training contact us.

Partners, Organisations, and Colleagues Involved in Healthy Minds

Education Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) has provided the funding to How to Thrive to lead, design and deliver the project.


2013-logo-300x72The EEF have comissioned the National Institute of Economic and Social Research to deliver the academic element of the research and project evaluation.

How to Thrive are directing the overall project, designing the curriculum, supporting schools, supporting the data collection   arrangements and leading and/or delivering all the necessary training elements.  Thrive (1)

  • Lucy Bailey – Project Director
  • Emma Judge – Psychological Lead to Curriculum Design and Training Lead
  • Julie Newbury – Senior Support Officer

We are delighted to have the support from leading experts from the field including;

  • Professor John Coleman – Academic Lead to Curriculum Design
  • To be recruited – National Policy Lead
  • Jonathan Baggaley (CEO of the PSHE Association) – Professional Lead

The London School of Economics are partners on the project and provding the lead research role.

  • Lord Richard Layard is figurehead to the project and Chair of the Project Steering Group
  • Professor Alistair McQuire – Research Lead
  • Grace Logan – Health Research Analysist

The project offers extended thanks to Hertfordshire Public Health and their Director Jim McManus for a funding contribution of £25,000 toward the baseline of the character and health research.

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