Smart Moves® – Building Resilience

Smart Moves® is a programme (free for schools in Surrey) 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.

The new look Year 6 Smart Moves® books are now available to order.  We listened to feedback and have made changes to the design and activities. There is now a focus on real world situations faced when young people move up to secondary school and healthy habits around online activity. The books are free for Surrey schools and the cost of printed booklets for schools outside of Surrey is £54 per class pack (32 books and 1 teacher pack)

Printed booklets for Year 7 are free for Surrey Schools only. Schools outside of Surrey are welcome to purchase the books, £64 per class pack. Please complete the ‘order now’ form and an invoice will be sent to you. 

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.