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Healthy Minds

The Skills Young People Need to Thrive

Healthy Minds brings together years of research, evidence of what works practically in schools and feedback from students. We know that schools’ want to focus on emotional health and personal development, as well as academic achievement.

The only evidence based suite of its kind! The Department for Education and HM Treasury include Healthy Minds in guidance when considering the economic arguments for building wellbeing. It was also showcased at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Wellbeing in December 2021. So you can trust that this is an investment worth making.

Healthy Minds delivers a five year scheme of sixty-four lessons covering emotional resilience, mental health, social media, mindfulness, career hope and human connection. The scheme is designed in a way that means schools can adapt it in a way that suits them best.

Equipping staff with the skills, specialist knowledge and everything you need to implement a sustainable and professional approach to the health and wellbeing of your students.

Bounce Forward will assist you through the process. 

Below are the steps to achieving the Healthy Minds Kitemark.

  1. Identify a lead staff member and teaching timetable.
  2. Set up data collection (using the BounceTogether platform, arranged by Bounce Forward).
  3. Complete Teach Resilience, 10 hours (1.3 days) of CPD to access Bounce Forward Resilience Lessons.
  4. Access Social Media Investigated, including 1-hour of CPD film.
  5. Access Bounce Forward Resilience Booster Skills, including 1-hour of CPD film.
  6. Access From School to Life, including 1-hour of CPD film.
  7. Access Mental Illness Investigated, including 1-hour of CPD film.
  8. Complete .breath training, 7 hours (1-day) of CPD (provided by Mindfulness in Schools Project).
  9. Provide evidence of one-year monitoring, included on school improvement plan, and timetable plans for the remaining 4 years.
  10. Achieve the Healthy Minds Kitemark, awarded by Lord Richard Layard.

Bounce Forward will assist with the following. 

  • identifying staff
  • timetabling structure
  • accessing the BounceTogether platform
  • accessing .breathe training
  • evidence to achieve the Healthy Minds Kitemark
  • raising the profile of your status

Everything above is included for the single price of £1,980

Note: Our courses are subsidised, with thanks to our donors and supporters. 

Please 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. Bounce Forward can support and assist you along the way.

The Healthy Minds Kitemark is awarded by Professor Lord Layard from the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.


  • Schools Awarded with the Healthy Minds Kitemark

    • Barnwell School – Stevenage
    • Carlton le Willows –  Nottingham
    • Chancellors School – Brookmans Park
    • Dormers Wells High School – Ealing
    • Francis Coombe Academy – Watford
    • Herne Bay High School – Kent
    • Holmer Green Senior School – Bucks
    • Icknield Community College – Oxford
    • Longdean School – Hemel Hempstead
    • Rickmansworth – Croxley Green
    • St Albans Girls School – St Albans
    • St Augustine Academy – Kent
    • St Lukes Special School – Redbourn
    • St Mary’s C of E High School – Cheshunt
    • St Michael’s Catholic High School – Watford
    • The Leigh Academy – Dartford
    • The Radclyffe School – Oldham
    • Waterhead Academy – Oldham
    • William Borlase’s Grammar School – Marlow


  • Schools with ‘Working Towards’ Status

    • Kinsgely School – Bideford
    • Mascalls Academy – Kent
    • The Suthers School – Newark
  • Healthy Minds Kitemark Criteria 

    Schools need to evidence the following criteria to achieve the kitemark:

    • A strategic approach to wellbeing, that is owned by senior leaders, governors, and supported by parents and the wider school community.
    • Regular and sustained timetabled teaching and learning, facilitated by trained staff to teach resilience skills and build social and emotional capacity.
    • The teaching and learning is monitored for quality and standards in line with other subject areas.
    • The work is featured as part of school improvement plans and activity is needs led based on review, data and feedback.

    Working towards status can be achieved when schools can evidence 2 of the above planned.

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The Suthers School

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Healthy Minds Research Project

Find out more about the research project Healthy Minds. Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and trialled in 34 schools over 5 years.


“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.”

David Croston

Headteacher, Chancellor's School

Additional extra elements

for Relationships Sex and Health Education – provided from our partners.

Sex Ed Sorted – access via the Sex education Forum here.

Drug Education – access FREE high quality materials from The Alcohol Education Trust for different year groups here.

Healthy Minds in Oldham

Healthy Minds was implemented in schools as part of the Oldham Opportunity Area work.

Read the DfE Guide