"One of the greatest attractions of his thinking (Bernard's) is that it sets to one side all those things schools can't influence - parents, poverty - and offers practical mental tools for the here and now...more important is the mind-set a student brings to learning. With the right one, a disadvantaged child will overcome any number of obstacles; with the wrong one, the most privileged children will never achieve their full potential."
"Michael Bernard is an ...educational psychologist whose upbeat ideas on pupil motivation are rousing interest in Britain...Bernard's materials bring together good old fashioned virtues such as self-discipline and sticking-to-it with the modern...factor of positive self-talk, optimism...They rely heavily on specific goals and precisely-targeted praise ("I really like the confident way you spoke on that") and on helping students turn negative thoughts ("I totally can't do this assignment!") into positive ones ("If I keep trying, I'll do it.").
"Dr. Michael Bernard's thinking and his program (You Can Do It! Education) are eminently sensible and based on sound principles of child development and psychology."
"The You Can Do It! Education program provides students with crucial skill not only for motivation and school achievement but also for healthy psychological living. the You Can Do It! Program should be integrated into every Personal and Social Education Program in Britain. It is that good."
"You Can Do It! Parent Education goes straight to the heart of parents' concerns. parents quickly recognize its value for them and their children."
"I communicate seeking your co-operation to actively consider the proposals of the 'You Can Do It!,; Programme. I personally endorse the programme and am aware of the positive way it has already been received in the Catholic schools where it has been used.
"You Can Do It! is an unusually effective program for young people who want to do well in school, in their social relations and in other important aspects of their life...I highly recommend it!"
"Michael Bernard believes in children and, equally important, he believes in parents...He attempts to bridge the chasm between the school and the home, between learning and not learning, and he has succeeded."
"You Can Do It! is an excellent program for helping students to get good grades and realize their potential. I heartily recommend it to parents and teachers."
"The literature on YCDI! provides an insight into underachievement and offers ways of addressing and breaking down the barriers which are the underlying causes of underachievement....I believe that YCDI! has much to offer in providing an added dimension to the mentoring process."
"We have continued to use the (YCDI) programme, not only as a central core to our PSHE scheme of work but more importantly as a fundamental part of the school's ethos and environment."
"After attending Michael Bernard's inspiring presentation, I am more than ever convinced that the YCDI programme has a lot to offer our schools...I feel confident that the programme can make a difference to our pupil's self-belief and thus to attainment...We are going to introduce the program in September to our schools with training and consultancy support."
"As a Headteacher, I have gained much personal satisfaction at the way so many groups of adults and children have found in the YCDI scheme a clear and concise way of developing learning in themselves and others...(YCDI) has refreshed the ethos of our school...Its' very simple philosophy permeates so many areas of school life for the better....YCDI has been instrumental in raising standards of achievement (increase in Year 6 SATs scores from projected scores in September; Maths increase - 23%. English increase - 38%. Science increase - 31%)...YES it does work!"
"We introduced You Can Do It! almost two years ago and staff are starting to say that the ethos amongst youngsters is changing. That those who want to do well have 'seized the higher ground.' Our Key Stage 3 results are the best the school has ever had...This suggests to me that (YCDI's) positive Habits of the Mind are being established amongst that portion of the student body who need them...'You Can Do It! Education' is helping raise the expectations of staff and students alike."
"I first met Michael Bernard at a seminar he led in 1996...He was talking about the issues engaging all pupils in their work and, more importantly, to my mind, was the clear set of teaching skills he was training them in and how their attitudes to teaching styles was visibly changed during the day!...I can only speak highly of Michael Bernard's work with teacher's professional development and in similar terms about the effect it has on pupils to date."