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At Jigsaw, we believe ‘resilience’ is about more than ‘grit’. We believe emotional resilience can be taught, practised and developed, and commend to you the ‘tried and tested’ Jigsaw R.E.S.T.

Schools know, to help children maximise their learning opportunities, they need to nurture not only the external factors influencing learning but also the ‘internal learning environment’ within each child. This includes the child’s mental health, emotional literacy, motivation and capacity for resilience.

The Jigsaw Resilience and Engagement Scale and Toolkit presents a straightforward, time-effective way for schools to determine each child’s given starting point with regard to their resilience and engagement; then goes on to identify appropriate interventions to help build both, and give lesson plans and a toolkit with which to do this.

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What Jigsaw R.E.S.T. does...

…for children:

  • Builds resilience step by step
  • Creative and fun interventions for each step towards resilience
  • Enables self and peer awareness
  • Increases learning capacity
  • Nurtures self-esteem and empathy

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”

Maya Angelou

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…for schools:

  • Identifies children’s needs
  • Builds staff awareness and confidence through training sessions (materials provided)
  • Enables parental engagement (session materials)
  • Offers a structured ‘Resilience’ Scale
  • Gives editable, interactive tracking and recording models
  • Whole-school approach

“Their minds and their futures are entrusted in our hands for a few brief years of childhood. We must do all in our power to serve them well”

Pugh, Contemporary Issues in Early Years, 1996

Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms
William Shakespeare, Henry VI
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What's in Jigsaw R.E.S.T ?

Originally designed and developed by Headteacher, Malcolm McKinlay, for the pupils in his London school, and now in partnership with Jigsaw PSHE, we have identified Jigsaw PSHE-specific interventions to develop each of Malcolm’s 10 steps to resilience.


The Resilience and Engagement Scale and Toolkit contains:-

  • introduction and the Scale itself
  • x2 staff training session PowerPoint presentations and trainer notes
  • parent/carer information/engagement session (materials and notes provided)
  • interactive recording and tracking models
  • x2 ‘resilience’ assemblies (KS1 and KS2)
  • x6 generic resilience-building activities
  • Jigsaw PSHE-specific interventions for each of the 10 resilience steps, for each year group
  • hardcopy folder/manual
  • USB memory stick with electronic materials

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“The Scale makes it easier to identify what individual children might need to build their resilience, as they don’t all start at the same point with this”
“The Resilience Scale raised teachers’ awareness of the ingredients of resilience-building and we worked as a whole school to keep this high-profile, to good effect for the children, (and the teachers actually)”

“Parents really came on board with this as the tips in R.E.S.T. are so practical and useful to implement at home”

Resilience is...

“the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress”


American Psychological Association

“being able to quickly return to a previous good condition”


Cambridge English Dictionary

Jigsaw R.E.S.T. Pricing

How much does it cost for schools and settings?

The Jigsaw R.E.S.T.

£ 425

to schools not already using Jigsaw,the mindful approach to PSHE
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  • Hard-copy Folder
  • USB Memory Stick

The Jigsaw R.E.S.T.

£ 350

for schools already using Jigsaw,the mindful approach to PSHE
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  • Hard-copy Folder
  • USB Memory Stick

Jigsaw R.E.S.T. Training


Depending on your setting's unique requirements
inside Jigsaw Resilience Engagement Scale Toolkit

  • Bespoke training to
    your school or setting
  • Maximise the impact of the
    Resilience and Engagement
    Scale and Toolkit

All prices are shown exclusive of UK VAT and P&P.  The final price to pay will be calculated during the order process and before you make your purchase

Check out our most Frequently Asked Questions…  See the FAQ's Page

You may also call Sue, our Training Co-ordinator on +441202377193 for training details, fees and availability