A Space to talk about… Failure as an Opportunity for Learning

These worksheets explore what it means to fail and how failure can build emotional strength. This resource has been designed for schools, but can be used in many other settings.

Research tells us that all learning from academic through to social or emotional learning involves trial and error.  This makes sense – we can’t know something or ‘get it right’ before we’ve learned it! Another way of thinking about this is that we haven’t succeeded… yet! We all tend to view personal failures with a degree of embarrassment, even shame. Of course, failing does hurt as it temporarily affects our self-image and can dent our confidence. It helps if we accept that failing is really an opportunity to learn from experience.