Building Resilience

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Building ResilienceWhat is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of negative events, challenges or adversity. Key attributes of resilience include social competence; a sense of agency or responsibility; optimism and a sense of purpose or hope for the future; attachment to family, to school and to learning; problem-solving skills; effective coping style, pro-social values; a sense of self-efficacy; and positive self-regard.

The Building Resilience Model

Building Resilience: A Model to Support Children and Young People provides an evidence-based approach to developing social and emotional learning skills and enhancing resilience. It recommends taking a multi-dimensional, school-wide approach to supporting resilience and engagement, which has a positive impact on social and academic outcomes. This model, developed by the University of Melbourne for the Department, supports schools to:

  • Partner with the school community, including families and local community services
  • Lead activity across the school, including teaching approaches and support
  • Teach social and emotional skills explicitly to all students across all year levels
  • Support young people, particularly if they are identified as needing additional assistance
  • Refer to appropriate services when required

To view a comprehensive literature review which details the evidence base, see: Building Resilience Literature Review

This Model has been developed in an online portal, designed to help schools easily access programs, tools and resources which support resilience building in children and young people.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Resilience

Research shows that young people with strong social and emotional skills are more likely be resilient. New SEL activities for students across all years of schooling are available through the online portal. These materials support schools in helping students to build the key skills they need to lead balanced, happy lives. They help build skills in emotional intelligence, problem solving, personal strengths, positive coping, stress management and help-seeking, which together support children and young people to be resilient both within their learning and in their lives outside of school.

Building Resilience at home​

You can play an important role in supporting your child’s social and emotional learning. To help families build resilience in  at home, a range of information sheets are available. See the links below to download this information.