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Changing Students Mindset: Teaching your Students Resilience and Independent Learning

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Changing Students Mindset: Teaching your Students Resilience and Independent Learning

Programme Overview

Teaching & Learning
Delivery Model Online Learning
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 600 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date:

Wednesday 30th November

Date of Training Monday 9th January 2023
Monday 16th January 2023
Monday 30th January 2023
Monday 6th February 2023
Time (UAE) 4pm to 5pm
Platform Online

Target audience

Teachers who want to break the cycle of dependence that mean that they are working harder than their students. Teachers who want to build their own resilience as well as that of their students

Aims of the course

To make you a better and more efficient teacher by improving your students ability to learn

Intended outcomes

  • Becoming a teacher who puts the responsibility of learning back where it belongs with the student
  • Supporting students to become more independent and resilient
  • Understanding motivations 

Neil Atkins

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Neil Atkin has taught and continues to teach physics for over 30 years, but still feels he has a lot to learn! He has also been a maths teacher and understands the disjunction between the way science and maths teachers cover numeracy and the confusion this can cause for our students. Neil has delivered CPD to thousands of teachers as a trainer with the IOP and currently Physics Partners. . All his courses are innovative, hands on, challenging and fun - Yes algebra can be fun!! Neil is still teaching as well as teacher training and his ideas are very current, practical and proven to improve the performance of students

Programme details:

Why are students today so fragile? Particularly high achieving girls.  Why do they duck out of challenges?  Why do they need you, the teacher, to do everything for them?  How can you wean them off their dependence and force them to think for themselves?  We take a research-based approach to answer these questions. Once we have an understanding of why they are stuck in a dependent, fragile mindset then we can start to develop resilience, self confidence and independence.

The pandemic has exacerbated these weaknesses and they need to be addressed.

This course will give you a range of strategies that you can put into your classroom immediately.


Session 1:  Mindsets – Why do your students act the way they do?

●    What does research tell us?

●    What are our students like?

●    The fundamentals of motivation and why it is not as it may seem.

●    Ideas for motivating

●    Strategies for creating independence

Session 2:  Resilience Training – A practical session

●      What research has to say about resilience

●      Resilience training

●      Making yourself more resilient

Session 3: Practical Strategies for Independence and resilience

●      Putting the ideas into practice

●      Planning for the gap task

Gap task:

●      Putting the ideas into action (support will be given to do this)

●      Discovering what questions do you need answering and what help do you still  need?

●      Evidence of what you have done

Session 4: Evaluate and Develop Ideas

●    What worked/didn’t work

●    Creating a series of lessons to develop independence

●    Creating a group to continue to develop and share ideas

About AtkinEdu

Neil’s background in challenging schools led him to develop the physics of activities students found engaging such as football, surfing, and skateboarding. “You can teach most of the forces topic using a skateboarder doing an ollie and the skaters will listen to you!”

A hearing loss forced Neil from the classroom where he loved being an Advanced Skills Teacher in challenging schools- Terrible title, but wonderful job. So he became an educational consultant and the more he learned, the more he realised he had and still has to learn. But digital tools have enabled him to effectively teach again and have opened a whole host of new opportunities.

Neil Atkins
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