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Bounce Forward

Bounce Forward’s vision is that all children and young people feel good and function well as individuals in the world around them. The real world is a messy place. That’s why they want every child to learn the skills of resilience so they can thrive no matter what happens.

Their mission is to give schools the training, skills and resources they need to build young people’s resilience. For them, having resilience means that individuals are able to cope well with setbacks and the challenges of life, but balanced with the ability and capacity to respond well to opportunities.

They provide evidenced based curriculum, training and support for building resilience skills within education. They deliver training at all levels of education, from trainee teachers up to school leaders, to introduce resilience (training for adults), advancing resilience (teaching and applying resilience skills – for adults and students) and cultivating resilience (in-depth knowledge skills and resources). They can deliver their training via INSETS held at your school or places can be booked at their training.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Essentials for School Staff
  • Who’s it for?
    Whole staff groups including teaching, support, administration, and caretakers – whether primary or secondary or specialist.

    Course overview
    The course will:
    – introduce your staff to the importance of resilience and how to build it including the foundational skill of resilience.
    – enable your staff to recognise how to act on it in their own lives, creating a whole staff group capable of supporting and underpinning ideas of resilience within the school and with students.

    Programme duration
    One day or half a day

    How many people is this for?
    As many as the school hall or room can facilitate

    Estimated cost
    – Half day is £950 inclusive of travel
    – Full day £1500 + travel to school – allows a deeper dive into the subject matter and includes a longer practical session

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information

  • Essentials for Trainee Teachers
  • Who’s it for?
    Trainee teachers, NQTs.

    Course overview
    The course will:
    – introduce your trainee teachers to and enable them to apply the foundational skills of resilience during the teacher training period.
    – enable them to recognise their own resilience, consider how to apply it as part of their training journey and be ready to enter the workplace with the skills to support and model resilience within your school and with your students.

    Programme duration
    One day

    How many people is this for?
    30 participants

    Estimated cost
    £1500 per day + travel

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

  • Master for Leaders
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, deputy and assistant headteachers of primary, secondary and FE colleges.

    Course overview
    During this course, you will explore the concept of resilience and develop the skills and understanding required to thrive. You will learn the skills that help you be at your best in the moment as things happen and develop strategies to sustain high leadership performance over time.

    As a participant you will focus on:
    – resilient thinking
    – building constructive relationships
    – playing to your strengths
    – harnessing energy

    You will come away with the tools and knowledge to implement these teachings into their school curriculum and school ethos to lead your staff to increased creativity, learning and potential.

    Programme duration
    Two modules approximately six weeks apart. Each module is on two consecutive days

    How many people is this for?
    Maximum of 12 participants

    Estimated cost
    £995 per person

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

  • Master for School Staff
  • Who’s it for?
    Thoughtfully selected staff who can influence and embed ideas across the school.

    Course overview
    This course will help your staff build a thorough understanding of the core skills of resilience and introduce ways of implementing ideas and exercises in your school’s classrooms to support and build students’ resilience.

    Programme duration
    Two days.

    How many people is this for?
    Maximum of 30 participants.

    Estimated cost
    £4000 per school programme.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

  • Master in Mental Health
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers teaching students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

    Course overview
    This course will enable your staff to be confident in delivering the 6-lesson curriculum to guide students towards healthy coping strategies and seeking support when needed.

    As a participant you will:
    – be prepared to teach the curriculum
    – gain a good understanding of mental illness, including the parallels with physical health, the role of the brain, common triggers for young people and the protective factors
    – teach techniques for building and sustaining good mental health
    – be able to teach coping strategies and support students in need.

    Programme duration
    One day

    How many people is this for?
    Maximum of 25 participants.

    Estimated cost
    £190 per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At various locations across the country including Buckinghamshire, Blackburn, Hampshire, Kent and Hertfordshire.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

    Dates
    17/10/18 Buckinghamshire
    05/17/18 Blackburn
    27/03/19 Hampshire
    05/06/19 Kent
    04/07/19 Hertfordshire

    Contact Bounce Forward for more information

  • Master in Social Media
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers teaching students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

    Course overview
    This course will equip your staff to deliver a 6-lesson curriculum that deconstructs media and helps students navigate media including social media.

    As a participant, you will
    – understand how to deconstruct media
    – have an increased ability to critically analysing media and the techniques of persuasion
    – consider your own experiences, beliefs and values when evaluating media messages
    – be prepared to teach students to consider the way in which they navigate social media.

    Programme duration
    One day

    How many people is this for?
    Maximum of 25 participants

    Estimated cost
    £190 per person

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At various locations across the country including Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Manchester, Kent
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information

    Dates
    14/02/19 Hertfordshire
    27/03/19 Buckinghamshire
    30/04/19 Hampshire
    16/05/19 Manchester
    13/06/19 Kent
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information

  • Pro Penn Resilience Programme Teacher Training
  • Who’s it for?
    Teachers teaching students in Years 5, 6 and 7 who want to deliver the Penn Resilience Programme (PRP) in schools

    Course overview
    This programme will equip your staff with skills and specialist knowledge to teach the Penn Resilience Programme curriculum in school.

    The PRP is an 18 lesson evidence-based cognitive and behavioural curriculum, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, aimed at 11-13 years olds, which helps them develop essential resilience skills for in and beyond schools through lessons and homework. Download and overview below.

    As a participant on this programme you will:
    – learn how to use the resilience skills yourself
    – understanding how to teach the PRP lessons
    – be certified by the University of Pennsylvania as a PRP Teacher which means you hold a lifetime licence to teach the PRP to as many students and for as long as you wish to
    – join a community of over 1800 UK PRP Teachers.

    Programme duration
    Five days. Three days one week and two days the next.

    How many people is this for?
    Minimum 30 maximum of 150

    Estimated cost
    £1375 per person

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At various locations across the country including Buckinghamshire, Lancashire and Kent
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

    Dates
    12/11/18 Buckinghamshire
    07/05/19 Lancashire
    24/06/19 Buckingham Shire
    11/11/19 Kent
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information

    Possible Promotions
    Bounce Forward offer an early bird discount of 20% for places booked 3 months in advance
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

  • Pro Penn Resilience Programme Booster
  • Who’s it for?
    Certified Penn Resilience Programme teachers teaching years 8 – 11 who want to refresh their understanding, knowledge and skills in teaching resilience.

    Course overview
    This course will refresh the core understanding of resilience and practice teaching of the advanced ideas to more mature and developed students (years 8-11). As a participant of this course, you will receive new curriculum materials for every year from 8 to 11, and the refresher day can be taken at any point over these 4 years.


    Programme duration
    One day – taken at a time of your choice at any point over the four years.

    How many people is this for?
    Four teachers per school.

    Estimated cost
    £1,970 for four PRP teachers in your school.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    By arrangement with your school.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

    Dates
    Refresher day is agreed by mutual arrangement with the school.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

  • Pro Personal
  • Who’s it for?
    Whole staff groups in special education provision settings such as pupil referral units and special schools.

    Course overview
    This course aims to delve deeper at an individual basis into the concept and skills of resilience so you can grow your own personal resilience, enabling you to make the most of life’s opportunities and become a positive role model.

    As a participant you will:
    – Consider the approach to developing ‘resilience’ in the context of the latest Psychological thinking and the challenges facing young people
    – Develop a deep understanding of ‘resilience’ as a way of protecting against depression and enhancing the well-being of young people in an educational or cared-for setting
    – Have an opportunity to learn more about your own ‘resilience’ and how to enhance it
    – Learn how to apply the 7 critical resilience skills to real challenges
    – Reflect and plan how to take the learning forward personally and with others.

    Programme duration
    Three days

    How many people is this for?
    Minimum 30 maximum of 150 participants.

    Estimated cost
    £450 per teacher or whole school costs provided on request.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    By arrangement with your school.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

    Dates
    By mutual arrangement with the school.
    Contact Bounce Forward for more information.

Delivery location

Bounce Forward delivers programmes nationally in the UK.

Impact

Impact to date

In the previous 10 years, Bounce Forward has delivered training in resilience skills to 9,000 adults including school leaders, teachers and support staff in 720 schools. They estimate their work has reached over 150,000 young people.

Quantitative data from an independent evaluation demonstrated improvements in depression symptoms, anxiety and behavior scores – suggesting it is likely their work has a sizable impact on student wellbeing. The same evaluation found that students: could remember the skills they had learned; thought it was worthwhile and had used the skills or planned to use them; and noticed a difference in their behaviour.

Feedback from school leaders, collected by CPDBee, shows that the strategies they teach are developing confident and engaged professionals, who are applying them in their school contexts to develop resilient, robust and well-rounded pupils.

Impact measurements used

Bounce Forward aim to improve the resilience of young people by improving teachers’ skills that help pupils build resilience.

Outcomes they measure include depression and anxiety scores, prosocial behaviour, attendance and academic scores. They have a rigorous and long term approach to measuring their impact.

They use surveys to collect data at different stages of the programme: at baseline, midway through the programme, at the end of the programme, one year after the programme and finally, two years after the programme. They collect and triangulate qualitative information from pupils, teachers they have trained and school leaders.

They also work with a number of external partners to run large-scale, independent evaluations.

External assessment of impact

Bounce Forward’s flagship, the Penn Resilience Programme has been extensively evaluated across the globe including the USA and the UK and has a strong evidence base when compared to other programmes of the same type and length.

The UK findings of the 3 year DfE study involving 4000 students, taught universally (not targeted) at 21 secondary schools in Manchester, South Tyneside and Hertfordshire were positive. The quantitative work found a significant improvement in pupils depression symptom scores, school attendance rates, academic attainment in English, anxiety scores, maths attainment (concentrated in a few groups of pupils).

The impact varied by pupil characteristics with a larger impact for pupils entitled to free school meals, those who had not attained the national targets at Key Stage 2 and those who had worse initial symptoms of depression or anxiety.

However, it is important to note that these effects did not last forever as illustrated by a three year follow up. So reinforcement of skills would be necessary to more them beyond these positive short term outcomes.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Bounce Forward deliver curricular, training and support that aim to improve specific outcomes – improved resilience in young people. They are experts in their field, who have three core principles to their work.

One, their approaches and training are based on solid research, theory and evidence. Two, they teach skills and strategies that work in the real world. Three, adults matter; their role in helping children and young people be resilient.

While they do have a range ‘off the shelf’ training programmes, they also offer bespoke solutions based on the specific needs of the school community. They understand that to create sustainable change they need to listen and build the solution around the environment rather than apply a one size fits all package.

Every programme they create is challenging, memorable and enjoyable. They design them to include theory, reflection and practice using a mix of individual, small group and large group work. They constantly evaluate their training to ensure it is high quality and impactful.

They are the only licensed provider of the Penn Resilience Programme in Europe. They work in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania to deliver the training. The accreditation is provided by the University of Pennsylvania.

Team experience and expertise

Bounce Forward Founder CPDBee - Lucy Bailey

Bounce Forward Founder – Lucy Bailey

Together, the co-founders, Lucy Bailey, who has an MSc in Practice Based Research, a BSc in Social Policy and Criminology and a PGCE, and Emma Judge, who has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is working towards PhD in Organisational Health and Well-being, and the Training Coordinator, Julie Newbury have decades of experience in children’s service and resilience training.

 

 

Each member of their 30 strong training team is recruited applying consistent and strict criteria. The team has experience in positive psychology, education leadership and workforce development.

 

Bounce Forward Programme Leader CPDBee - Emma Judge

Bounce Forward Programme Leader – Emma Judge

They have qualified teachers, counsellors, child psychotherapists, cognitive behavioural therapists, creative therapists, psychological coaches, authors, leaders and managers with vast experience of working in and developing children’s services, including schools, across the age ranges.

Testimonials

Chancellor's School, David Croston, Headteacher

Bounce Forward has had a very positive impact on our students. The programme has not only provided a clear structure to our PSHE programme, but its emphasis, developing life skills through exploring experiences and scenarios, has contributed to our work in developing resilient, robust and well-balanced individuals ready to make a positive contribution to the school and society.

Teachers are required to complete intensive training over a number of days before they are allowed to teach Bounce Forward. The extensive training allows them to fully experience the programme before they deliver the course to students.

This complete immersion results in very well trained, confident and engaged staff who have experienced first hand and fully understand the opportunities presented by the different activities and lessons.

As a consequence, students have had a very positive experience and value the lesson greatly.

Saint Wilfrid’s CofE Academy, Gwen Rees, Assistant Principal

The training was very comprehensive – detailed and included practical resources to take away and use in the classroom. The training was also theory and research-based, so it felt well-informed and trustworthy.

We have applied some of the strategies learned in the training in our school context and found them to be effective. The trainers were highly professional and tailored the training to our needs.

We would be very happy to recommend them.

Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Carole Black, Assistant Head Teacher Student Development & Designated Safeguarding Lead

We have had about 15 staff trained through their organisation (and know of many others at other schools) and without exception, they have always been rated extremely highly.

This is for the quality of the courses, the quality of delivery, the quality of resources and the quality of their knowledge, skills and passion about the professional development they deliver.

I would recommend them without reservation.

The Leigh Academy Trust, Sharon Waterman, Education Improvement Director

A large number of my colleagues have attended training organised by Bounce Forward (How to Thrive) as part of Healthy Minds, the organisation, delivery and resources are excellent and directly linked to the programme teachers are required to deliver to students when they return to school. The support provided by Bounce Forward is not limited to the attendance to the courses linked to the Healthy Minds programme as Lucy Bailey has delivered workshops at the annual Leigh Academies Trust – Teaching and Learning Conference for the last 3 years.

The John Warner School, Jeremy Scott, Headteacher

I have often thought about the resilience of others, as I have always felt resilient myself which of course I am. So I had not expected to get some much out of 4 days [Master for Leaders course]. It has been an inspiring and challenging experience and one I will never forget. These approaches, skills, ways of thinking are relevant in every aspect of life. I would highly recommend it to all senior leaders in schools.

Dormers Wells High School, Matthew Job, Learning Mentor

Everyday interactions within social mediums are the norm for our students. Some manage the environments well, while others struggle. Considering both the benefits and drawbacks [through the Master in Social Media course] in a way that engages young people is well overdue.

The Buckingham School, Jonathan Mandel, Teacher

The [Penn Resilience Programme] training was extremely helpful and useful and it provided me with a fresh look at how to think about things and also how to help students in the school. I thought the examples that were used were really good and helped make the content clear.

Chancellor's School, David Croston, Headteacher

Bounce Forward has had a very positive impact on our students. The programme has not only provided a clear structure to our PSHE programme, but its emphasis, developing life skills through exploring experiences and scenarios, has contributed to our work in developing resilient, robust and well-balanced individuals ready to make a positive contribution to the school and society.

Teachers are required to complete intensive training over a number of days before they are allowed to teach Bounce Forward. The extensive training allows them to fully experience the programme before they deliver the course to students.

This complete immersion results in very well trained, confident and engaged staff who have experienced first hand and fully understand the opportunities presented by the different activities and lessons.

As a consequence, students have had a very positive experience and value the lesson greatly.

Saint Wilfrid’s CofE Academy, Gwen Rees, Assistant Principal

The training was very comprehensive – detailed and included practical resources to take away and use in the classroom. The training was also theory and research-based, so it felt well-informed and trustworthy.

We have applied some of the strategies learned in the training in our school context and found them to be effective. The trainers were highly professional and tailored the training to our needs.

We would be very happy to recommend them.

Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Carole Black, Assistant Head Teacher Student Development & Designated Safeguarding Lead

We have had about 15 staff trained through their organisation (and know of many others at other schools) and without exception, they have always been rated extremely highly.

This is for the quality of the courses, the quality of delivery, the quality of resources and the quality of their knowledge, skills and passion about the professional development they deliver.

I would recommend them without reservation.

The Leigh Academy Trust, Sharon Waterman, Education Improvement Director

A large number of my colleagues have attended training organised by Bounce Forward (How to Thrive) as part of Healthy Minds, the organisation, delivery and resources are excellent and directly linked to the programme teachers are required to deliver to students when they return to school. The support provided by Bounce Forward is not limited to the attendance to the courses linked to the Healthy Minds programme as Lucy Bailey has delivered workshops at the annual Leigh Academies Trust – Teaching and Learning Conference for the last 3 years.

The John Warner School, Jeremy Scott, Headteacher

I have often thought about the resilience of others, as I have always felt resilient myself which of course I am. So I had not expected to get some much out of 4 days [Master for Leaders course]. It has been an inspiring and challenging experience and one I will never forget. These approaches, skills, ways of thinking are relevant in every aspect of life. I would highly recommend it to all senior leaders in schools.

Dormers Wells High School, Matthew Job, Learning Mentor

Everyday interactions within social mediums are the norm for our students. Some manage the environments well, while others struggle. Considering both the benefits and drawbacks [through the Master in Social Media course] in a way that engages young people is well overdue.

The Buckingham School, Jonathan Mandel, Teacher

The [Penn Resilience Programme] training was extremely helpful and useful and it provided me with a fresh look at how to think about things and also how to help students in the school. I thought the examples that were used were really good and helped make the content clear.