March, 7, 2012
Taking the risk not to be perfect
“Failure week’ at top girls’ school to build resilience”
By Judith Burns Education reporter, BBC News
A top girls’ school is planning a “failure week” to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.
The emphasis will be on the value of having a go, rather than playing it safe and perhaps achieving less.Pupils at Wimbledon High School will be asked how they feel when they fail. The headmistress, Heather Hanbury, said she wanted to show “it is completely acceptable and completely normal not to succeed at times in life.”
Ms Hanbury’s pupils achieve some of the highest exam scores – but from Monday they will be invited to focus on failure.
There will be workshops, assemblies, and activities for the girls, with parents and tutors joining in with tales of their own failures.
There will be YouTube clips of famous and successful people who have failed along the way and moved on. The emphasis will be discussions on the merits of failure and on the negative side of trying too hard not to fail….
“Fear of failing can be really crippling and stop the girls doing things they really want to do.