Everyday resilience - what works best in practice

This publication was originally published 9 June 2022.

The key resource is the Everyday resilience practical guide, which is accompanied by a reflection guide.


Students with everyday resilience at school – or ‘academic buoyancy’ – are able to overcome setbacks and challenges that are typical of day-to-day school life, such as receiving isolated poor grades or negative feedback. These students are more likely to remain emotionally, cognitively and behaviourally engaged. This practical guide synthesises the research on everyday resilience, including a new study from NSW high schools using Tell Them From Me data. It explains why this type of resilience is important and shows how it can be supported by implementing What works best classroom practices.

Key findings

  • Research shows that everyday resilience is associated with higher engagement at school.
  • Students who have everyday resilience are better protected against school stress and anxiety.
  • Everyday resilience and sense of belonging to school are attributes that reinforce each other over time.
  • Everyday resilience thrives in a school climate of belonging and effective classroom management.
  • Everyday resilience is related to the ‘5Cs’ of student thinking: confidence, composure, coordination, control and commitment.


  • Practical guides for educators
  • What works best

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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