The Education Endowment Foundation evaluation found a positive impact on health, wellbeing, attendance and fixed term exclusions.
It is designed based on adolescent and neurological development and takes a spiral approach so that the learning builds and strengthens over time.
A scheme of 64 lessons that span from year 7 – 11 and underpinned by a set of psychological skills that build mental resilience and emotional wellbeing. Healthy Minds is a skills based curriculum that you can trust meets statutory relationship and health requirements, and will be a key feature of your school improvement plan.
The good news is all the hard work is done for you, staff trained, high quality lessons your students will not only enjoyed but benefit hugely from in school, and in life.
Students tell us that skills developed in Healthy Minds lessons help them:
Equipping students with tools for living. They make for better parents, neighbours, colleagues and friends.
… we need to build mental and emotional resilience in children to ensure a thriving society that can navigate the 21st century. Without these fundamental core skills, the following statistics will continue to rise:
Society is letting our children and young people down. We must act now and help them build life-long psychological skills.
The entire Healthy Minds package, including a comprehensive onboarding process is extremely low cost at just £2,190 for a full year. No hidden charges,, not per student, but per school with unlimited access to the Healthy Minds Members area.
Bounce Forward Resilience Skills
Lesson 1 Resilience & Harnessing Positive Emotions
Lesson 2 Connecting the Brain, Emotions & Thoughts
Lesson 3 Introducing Gremlin Beliefs
Lesson 4 Optimism & Evidence
Lesson 5 WoBbLe
Lesson 6 Resilience Planning
Social Media Investigated – Media Navigator
Lesson 1 Introduction to media literacy and social media
Lesson 2 Fantasy and Reality
Lesson 3 Advantages & disadvantages of social media & setting boundaries
Lesson 4 Benefits of social media
Lesson 5 Creating identity maps
Lesson 6 Presenting identity maps
Lesson 1 Puppy training
Lesson 2 Working with Worry
Lesson 3 Beditation
Lesson 4 Sleep
Bounce Forward Resilience Revisited
Lesson 1 Revisit the Skills of Resilience
Lesson 2 Optimistic Thinking
Lesson 3 WoBbLe
Lesson 4 Assertive Communication
Lesson 5 Moving On
Lesson 6 Empathy & Resilience Planning
From School to Life
Lesson 1 Being part of a group & my adult self
Lesson 2 Positive & negative role models
Lesson 3 Bucket list and timelines
Lesson 4 Timelines continued
Lesson 5 Actions
Lesson 6 Possible Selves Poster Boards
Lesson 7 Pathways to the future
Lesson 8 Solving everyday problems
Lesson 9 Solving everyday problems & looking forward
Social Media Investigated – Media Influences
Lesson 1 Introduction to Media Literacy and the Language of Persuasion
Lesson 2 Media and gender constructions
Lesson 3 Media and Body Image
Lesson 4 Media, Health, and food marketing
Lesson 5 Media, health, and the marketing addiction
Lesson 6 Media and decision making
Lesson 7 Creating counter advertisements
Lesson 8 Presenting counter advertisements
Bounce Forward Resilient Relationships
Lesson 1 Resilient Relationships
Lesson 2 Healthy Boundaries
Lesson 3 Relationship characteristics and parental responsibility
Lesson 4 Big Sticky Beliefs and Relationships
Lesson 5 Identifying Big Sticky Beliefs
Lesson 6 BSBs and human connections
Lesson 7 BSBs and Planning for the Future
Bounce Forward Resilient Decisions
Lesson 1 Ambiguity, Complexity & Independent Thought
Lesson 2 Assessing risk & opportunity
Lesson 3 Weighing up pros and cons
Lesson 4 Decision Making in Romantic Relationships
Lesson 5 Reviewing how we make decisions
Mental Illness Investigated
Lesson 1 Defining mental health
Lesson 2 The science of mental illness
Lesson 3 Understanding mental illness
Lesson 4 Mental Illness: triggers, protective factors & promoting well-being
Lesson 5 Mental illness: spotting and supporting
Lesson 6 Healthy coping strategies
Lesson 7 Reducing mental health stigma
Bounce Forward Resilient Learners
Lesson 1 Barriers to Success
Lesson 2 Learning Priorities and Strategies
Lesson 3 Learning Mindsets
Lesson 4 Dealing with Anxiety
Lesson 5 Action Planning
Lesson 6 Emotions, Energy and Performance
Lesson 7 Strengths
Equipping schools with the specialist knowledge and everything needed for a sustainable and professional approach to relationships and health education.
Identify a lead, teaching staff and secure timetabling allocation
The lead is someone who can work with Bounce Forward as our main point of contact.
The timetable needs to build one lesson per week.
You need to identify the teaching staff so they can be registered for the foundation training.
You can download the Suggested Timetable for Healthy Minds to help you with planning.
Please remember that ALL materials can be adapted to meet your delivery model and Bounce Forward will support and assist you along the way.
Teaching staff access the foundational training
On boarding with Bounce Forward for foundational training, ongoing CPD, mentoring and live support.
Data Collection On Boarding
Bounce Forward will arrange the set up data collection using the BounceTogether platform.
Teaching staff access .breathe training
Teaching staff members complete .breath training, 1-day online.
Bounce Forward will provide an access code for the training which is provided by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP).
Following completion of .breathe training you will receive access to 4 mindfulness lessons.
Access the Healthy Minds curriculum
Bounce Forward will provide you with access to
In addition to the Healthy Minds Foundation Training – the Social Media, From School to Life and Mental Illness lessons are supported with a pre-recorded CPD video to prepare for teaching.
Evidence your progress and success
You provide us with your evidence of one-year of monitoring, included on school improvement plan, and timetable plans for the remaining 4 years to teaching and learning.
Achieve the Healthy Minds Kitemark, awarded by Lord Richard Layard
Celebrate your success. receive your certificate and use the kite mark logo on your website.
Receive recognition through a letter from Professor Lord Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.
Is Healthy Minds evidenced?
Yes! It’s the only evidence based suite of its kind!
The Education Endowment Foundation research found a positive impact on attendance, fixed term exclusions and across wellbeing outcomes.
Bounce Forward Healthy Minds was also showcased at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Wellbeing in December 2021.
Why have more than one staff member professionally trained?
The foundation training is professionally delivered by our expert team. We know that high quality training is essential for the quality of teaching and learning and improved outcomes for students.
Having more staff trained in Healthy Minds helps with timetabling, cover and support as it gives a ‘team’ feel to this important area of education.
Bounce Forward encourages schools to think strategically about embedding Healthy Minds as part of school improvement planning.
The initial investment should be compared to resource put into ‘fire fighting’ and responding to need of students that the Bounce Forward Healthy Minds lessons will help reduce. It is estimated that each £1 spent offers a £5 cost saving.
Can I start Healthy Minds in year 8 or year 9?
Yes, you still take the same journey and start with the foundational skills. All materials are adaptable and Bounce Forward will support you.
Can primary schools use Healthy Minds?
The Healthy Minds curriculum is designed for secondary aged pupils.
Teach Mental Resilience is designed for primary aged children.
Please talk to us for guidance and support.
Schools who have been awarded with the Healthy Minds Kitemark
Schools who are on their journey to achieving the status
Healthy Minds Kitemark Criteria
Schools need to evidence the following criteria to achieve the kitemark:
Share this case study with senior leaders at your school.Download
Find out more about the research project Healthy Minds. Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and trialled in 34 schools over 5 years.Here
“The extensive training 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. Students have had a very positive experience and value the lessons greatly. We now have a clear structure to our PSHE programme, but the emphasis on 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.”
Additional extra elements
Drug Education – access FREE high quality materials from The Alcohol Education Trust for different year groups here.
Please contact the Sex Education Forum here for information about the Sex Ed Sorted resource and training used as part of the Healthy Minds Research and for bespoke support, and signposting to a wide range of partner organisations who are specialists in RSE.
Healthy Minds was implemented in schools as part of the Oldham Opportunity Area work.Read the DfE Guide