Inspiring Videos and Books


“The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig

“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”  by Carol McCloud

“The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others” by Maria Dismondy

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

“Luke’s way of looking” by Nadia Wheatley

“Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten” by Bob Graham

“The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley ” by Colin Thompson

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Inspiring/motivational videos

What happens when you don’t use problem solving skills…

Click here for background information about the below video (Ian’s story).

Click here for anti-bullying and kindness resources

Click here for resources for supporting students’ social and emotional development


Stephen Wiltshire: Autistic artist can draw entire cities from memory

Kareem Waris OlamilekanYoung Nigerian artist inspired by the artists Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu.

Aelita Andre: 9-year-old abstract painter

Click here for more examples of inspiring artists.


Inspiring STEM Stories 

Ann Hollow: torch powered by the heat from your hand.

Richard Turere: invention to protect farms from predators in Kenya

Molly Steer: Straws No More

Shampoo bottle “ventilators” helping children survive pneumonia. 

Fish Life Jacket 

3-D-Printed Prosthetic Hands 

Plastic Bottle Lamps

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Click here for STEM resources.


Teacher Information- the power of a Growth Mindset 

Carol Dweck 

the-growth-mindset-i-can-get-smarter.pngGrowth mindset lesson ideas 

  • Sort fixed and growth mindset statements. Resource: Fixed and Growth statements to sort
  • Explicit teaching of skills, which are then practised during ‘team challenges’ or fitness games. I recommend not just doing this as a once-off lesson, but have this as an ongoing social/emotional development lesson in your timetable. Click here for examples of team challenges.
  • Create an illustration of the Learning Pit
  • Constantly reference attitude/mindset in all lessons.
  • Students reflect on their attitude/mindset at the end of the lesson. This could be a written reflection or verbal.
  • Praise what you value… positive attitude and statements that reflect a growth mindset, rather than achievement. Reference:


  • Watch a video or read a book and identify the attitudes/mindsets of the characters;  students write their own motivational speech; write a letter to the person or character.


More resources: 

Click here for anti-bullying resources

Click here for resources to support students’ social and emotional development

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