Boost is a programme designed to improve the Mental Toughness of year 5 pupils across Salford.

What is Mental Toughness?

Mental Toughness is defined as a personality trait which determines, in large part, how individuals respond to stress, pressure, challenge and change. Research has shown that mental toughness can be developed through specific teaching and coaching methods, and can lead to many positive outcomes in children, such as improved academic performance, positive behaviour, improved well-being and raised aspirations.

Assessment Tools

The concept of mental toughness and the assessment tool we’ll be using, Junior Mental Toughness Indicator (JMTi) has been researched and developed by Professor Peter Clough at Manchester Metropolitan University, and AQR International.

Piloting and delivery
Funded by NHS Salford CCG, the Boost Project has been working with year 5 pupils in Primary Schools across Salford. The children’s Mental Toughness is measured before and after the programme using teacher questionnaires (JMTi) and pupil questionnaires. The programme currently runs for 12 weeks and consists of weekly whole class sessions, small group sessions and 1:1 sessions.

Improved Outcomes
The children are taught about the four Cs of Mental Toughness; Challenge, Commitment, Control and Confidence. Each week, the children take part in a number of activities specifically designed to improve children’s mental toughness using AQR’s Mental Toughness Primary Toolkit among other resources. We aim to see a significant increase in the children’s Mental Toughness and their overall emotional health and well-being by the end of the project.

Boost Transitions

The Boost Transitions workbook aims to support year 6 pupils through what may be a challenging time for them due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first part of the workbook uses themes from the ‘Boost Salford’ mental toughness programme and contains activities which will encourage positive thinking, goal setting, managing emotions and conflict resolution. The second part of the workbook comprises of activities which will address a number of concerns and uncertainties the children may have about moving up to high school.

Please see to our Resources page to access this workbook.

If you would like to find more about how you can get involved in our Boost programme, please get in touch.

Katie Taylor

Youth Services Team Leader (Education Programmes)


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