Smart Moves® – Building Resilience

Smart Moves® is a programme of evidence-based short sessions to give young people small learn-able skills (Smart Moves) that increase resilience.

It has been rolled out across schools in Surrey, Stafford, Middlesbrough and Sussex and can now be found in 30 different counties across the UK.

We’re currently offering free downloadable Smart Moves® resources to all schools, to help young people look after their mental wellbeing during these uncertain times.

Year 6 books are out of stock. A new version of year 6 Smart Moves will be launched in the new academic year. The free download is available. 

Printed booklets are available for Year 6 at a cost of £54 per class pack (currently out of stock), and for Year 7 at £64 per class pack. **Due to a small amount of funding (Surrey Schools only) Smart Moves Year 7 Books are available for the cost of postage and packing, £25 up to 8 forms, £20 up to 5 forms. **

Each pack contains 32 student booklets and 1 teacher guide.

If you are new to Smart Moves, please complete the online training before rolling out the programme in your school. This will enable you to get the most from the programme and ensure it’s success.

Evidence Based

Smart Moves® is an engaging, interactive and easy to use programme which has been developed in consultation with teachers and young people. It is based on the Resilience Framework (developed by Prof. Angie Hart and Dr. Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas and a group of parents and practitioners) and the resources produced with Hove Park School, Boing-boing and YoungMinds.

Independent research by Royal Holloway University of London shows that school-based programmes such as Smart Moves® can significantly improve resiliency for young people. This is exciting news for schools keen to positively impact young people’s resilience, behaviour and progress. View the Smart Moves Assessment Report for more information.

The programme was featured in Children and Young People Now in February 2019 as an effective case study in building resilience in the transition from primary to secondary (read the article here).


Smart Moves® equips young people with a range of “smart moves” they can make when things get tough, increasing the protective factors in their lives and helping them to thrive.

The Smart Moves® Programme helps students to develop life long resilience which helps address some common anxieties when transitioning from year 6 to year 7 and into Year 8. Using consistent language and models across the school phases helps young people to embed the newly learned resilience skills.

More Information

See our Smart Moves FAQ for help.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact schools@eikon.org.uk.

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Smart Moves®: In partnership with the University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice and Boingboing.