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Building Resilience programme

“Children with higher levels of well-being have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in school”
Department of Education

Herts for Learning has partnered with confidence specialists, Confident Teens®, delivering the Building Resilience programme to combat the pressures faced by teen girls – body confidence, friendship difficulties, social media upsets - and build their resourcefulness. Girls are in a stronger position to progress personally and academically.

Building Resilience consists of a series of six workshops focused on topics that girls worry about most – including body image, friendships and expressing themselves. Through increasing self-awareness and personal development, the programme addresses the barriers to learning for students, enabling them to progress. It forms part of schools’ preventative mental health strategies, by supporting girls to develop their self-belief and help prevent mental health problems develop.

As well as varied resources in the sessions, every student has her own four-page workbook in every workshop, to use for self-reflection and keep afterwards (a series of six in all).

Proven track record in schools
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This six-week programme for Years 7, 8 and 9 girls has a proven track record in schools and academies, receiving excellent feedback from students, teachers and parents. 95% of girls rate the workshops as excellent or good, with two-thirds reporting a positive change in their attitude and approach.

Feedback from teachers includes:

  • “This student is much more engaged and willing to try difficult questions.”
  • “These students now have greater aspirations for themselves.”

Students have fed back:

  • “It was excellent. I have a sense of confidence and feel more positive and ambitious for the future.” Year 9 girl
  • “I’ve learnt how to value myself and everything about me.” Year 8 girl
Measuring impact and providing evidence

Measuring impact and providing evidence is integral to the programme, including a before/after comparison of students’ attitudes, plus students’ written feedback of their experience. These findings are compiled into a report for the school, alongside examples of output from the sessions.

95% of students rated the workshops as excellent or good.

Closing the gap for Pupil Premium students

This programme is of particular benefit for Pupil Premium students. As it addresses barriers to learning including confidence, aspirations and engagement it contributes to school strategies for closing the gap for disadvantaged students. With groups of 15 girls participating in the programme, every student receives support and encouragement to develop her own skills and mindset.

Find out more

For further information or to arrange a Building Resilience programme at your school, please contact the Herts for Learning wellbeing team.
Tel: 01438 844819

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