13 Acts of Bravery with YPO

This Roald Dahl Day we've asked our friends to be inspired by the ever marvellous Matilda and share their very own 13 Acts of Bravery.

Inspired by Miss Honey, YPO have shared 13 Acts of Bravery that many a teacher might relate to.   

Reward All Kinds of Bravery

Students can be brave in all kinds of ways – whether they’ve stood up to a bully or pushed themselves in the classroom. Start celebrating bravery with your class by giving out awards or acknowledgements.  

Put your Students First

When trying to make a decision, it’s easy to get swayed by all sorts of things. That’s the moment to remember why you became a teacher – and do the best possible thing for your students. 

Get Stuck In

Whether you’re crafting, painting or tackling a giant chocolate cake like Bruce Bogtrotter, it’s more fun for everyone if you get hands-on and have a go alongside the class.

Trust Your Gut

Sometimes it can feel like everybody has an opinion on how you should handle a situation. It’s always good to listen to advice, but often you’ll already know what the right answer is – so go with your gut!  

Make Someone Smile

It doesn’t take a lot to turn someone else’s day around. If you spot someone (student, teacher or even parent) looking gloomy, check in and try cheer them up.

Protect the Planet

It’s never too early to get your students looking after the environment. Assign two recycling monitors in your class on the first day of term and have them compete to keep the most paper out of the rubbish bin. 

Inspire your Students

It’s easy to tell your students to be brave, and then sit back and relax. But if you want to really inspire them, show them how you’re brave outside the classroom – whether that’s facing your fears or helping others in your spare time. 

Talk to Someone New

The first day of school can be scary, even without facing the Trunchbull. If there’s a new face in the staffroom, be the first to smile and offer them a cup of tea.

Bravery in Books

There’s a lot to learn from the characters of the books we read. Give even your most shy students a boost by choosing a story with a brave hero (we recommend Matilda). 

Tackle the Tough Questions

There are some questions that no teacher wants to have to answer – they might be awkward, difficult or embarrassing. Bear in mind the bravery that it’s taken that student to ask the question, and give them the best answer you can.

Try Something Different

You never know if you’ll love something until you try. Make it your mission this term to volunteer for something you’ve never done before. 

Do Your Own Thing

Even though she knew she’d get in trouble, Amanda Thripp wore her pigtails because they made her happy. Don’t worry about doing what everybody else in the staffroom is doing – if you’ve got a brilliant new way of teaching something, give it a go. 

Make a Plan

Sometimes being brave means winging it – but sometimes all it takes is a great plan. Our brand new Matilda-themed lesson plans give your students the skills they need to overcoming challenges and look for positive role models.


Celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2019!