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GRIT is a course that develops ‘Girls’ Resilience in Thinking’.  It developed from the work of Angela Duckworth. Two GRIT courses run at Key Stage 3: one to year 7 and one to year 9.  

Year 7  

The year 7 course develops students’ resilience through a sequenced curriculum that covers a range of approaches to learning (i.e. problem solving, coaching) that students can transfer and apply to the wider curriculum.  The year 7 GRIT course fits under the umbrella theme of ‘becoming more learning ready’.  The beginning of the course facilitates the transition into secondary education; encouraging students to reflect on their character traits and how to become a more successful learner.  The year then develops a range of ‘success’ related skills for example: an understanding of how we learn, building learning power, resilience in learning, developing decision making and effective communication skills.   


  1. What is ‘character’?

  2. Powerful Learning

  3. Problem Solving

  4. Effective Communication

  5. Judgements and Decisions

  6. Showcase


Year 9

The year 9 course develops students’ resilience through a sequenced curriculum that involves a range of challenges that students have to tackle. The Gritty skills they develop are transferable to the wider curriculum.

The vision of the year 9 GRIT programme is to foster a growth mind set within students as they approach their GCSEs.  The year 9 course therefore focuses on developing students’ resilience in their thinking and approach to tasks in a series of lessons under a ‘travelling the world’ theme.  The lessons throughout the year are not directly linked to the year 9 curriculum in order to encourage students to think more holistically about the skills they have learnt in other lessons and how they could apply them to new contexts.  Students develop skills such as: decision making, justification, numeracy, rational thinking, and forward planning to better prepare them for the rigour of GCSEs and level of independence at Sixth Form.  These skills are reflected upon throughout the course to draw on their relevance beyond GRIT lessons and the importance of these skills in the world of work.    

Year 9 skills focus: developing life-long resilience skills that are crucial in supporting 

  1. Academic resilience 

  2. Employable students 

  3. Active global citizens


Mrs A Findlay


A range of subject staff across school.



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