Teach Resilience for Primary Schools in Barking & Dagenham - Bounce Forward

Teach Resilience for Primary Schools in Barking & Dagenham

Skills both staff and students need to thrive…


There has never been a greater need for students to be taught emotional resilience as part of core education, so they can deal well with setbacks and uncertainty, overcome challenging times and thrive in life. Teach Resilience is a 1.3-day online training that prepares staff to teach six evidence-based resilience lessons for upper primary students. 

Teach Resilience guides you through this essential learning so that students understand how to get through challenging times, recognise that failure is part of success and learn how to look after themselves. In doing so they also learn to care for others. We have an opportunity, right now, to make a difference, to be able to look back and be proud of how we responded to this situation in a way that helps young people thrive in life.

At the heart of being able to overcome setbacks and make the most of opportunities is the ability to communicate and to empathise. Each of the skills and resilience competencies taught in Bounce Forward Resilience Skills lessons will give your students the words to express themselves and the compassion needed in the 21st century.

Teach Resilience is a 1.3-day (10 CPD hours) online training that prepares staff to deliver six evidence-based resilience lessons.

This course is fully Funded by Barking & Dagenham council. 

Bounce Forward Resilience Lessons 

After completing the online training, teaching and learning materials for 6 evidence based resilience lessons will be delivered electronically – ready for use in the classroom.

In addition, you will receive FREE a Special Response to COVID-19 Pack to help with supporting students to deal with the aftermath of the pandemic. It contains materials that will help build resilience skills in direct response to what has happened.

Click each lesson to reveal the outcomes.

  • 1) Resilience & Harnessing Positive Emotions

    • Understand that life is a journey with challenges (big and small) and it is our resilience that helps us overcome these
    • Discover that emotions can be helpful and unhelpful, and we can learn to regulate them
    • Know we ALL have resilience
  • 2) Connecting the Brain, Emotions & Thoughts

    • Understand the brain and the role of emotions
    • Consider the importance of being calm to help with resilient responses
    • Discover the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • 3) Introducing Gremlin Beliefs

    • Understand that resilience skills can help us understand why we react the way we do
    • Identify common Gremlin Beliefs of resilience
    • Recognise that the Gremlin Beliefs are not in control
  • 4) Optimism & Evidence

    • Understand there is a difference between optimistic and pessimistic thinking
    • Know the importance of respect for different perspectives
    • Discover how to use evidence to create more flexible and accurate thinking
  • 5) WoBbLe

    • Understand the importance of gratitude
    • Know how to use the WoBbLe skill – to tame the Catastrophising Gremlin Belief
    • Discover how to calm down when emotions are strong
  • 6) Resilience Planning

    • Understand all the resilience skills covered in the lessons
    • Create an individual resilience plan
    • Consider how resilience skills can help one express themselves and understand others

Click to reveal answers to some frequently asked questions

  • Why are we doing this?

    Barking & Dagenham Council has commissioned Bounce Forward to support schools through a coordinated programme of activity and training.

    The aim is to ease some of the strain that teachers and students are feeling. Bounce Forward resilience skills lessons will help them to learn how to fail well, deal well with setbacks and make the most of opportunities ahead of them. This will also mean schools are meeting the statutory requirement to teach emotional resilience as part of Health Education. So useful for now and for a longer term approach to teaching resilience.


  • What is it?

    A 1.3-day online course that takes staff through the science of resilience so they can develop the skills in themselves. Teaching and learning materials for 6 evidenced based lessons will be sent electronically.

    The training has been fully funded by Barking & Dagenham Council for staff in Barking & Dagenham primary schools.

    Funding includes delivery of all teaching and learning materials.

  • What age group are the lessons for?

    The six resilience lessons and the Special Response to COVID-19 pack are designed for upper primary students.

  • Do I need to attend live?

    Yes, the training is fully interactive and you are required to be present to complete the course.

    Our trainer will walk you through the skills, first at an adult level, so you understand and can think about the skills for yourself first. This approach has been central to the evidence for achieving the most effective outcomes for students and for high quality teaching and learning in the classroom.

  • Will I receive a certificate?

    Yes, you will be certified with a Teach Resilience certificate upon completion of the full training.

  • Are there breaks?

    Yes, we recognise the need to build in regular breaks to the training. The off-line breaks will include activities relevant to the training and down time to relax.

  • Can I ask questions?

    Absolutely, this is a fully interactive training programme. You will be able to engage directly with the trainer.

  • Will I be visible to the group?

    Yes, this is a fully interactive, online training programme where all participants use their camera and microphones to take part.

  • Where is it?

    The training will take place on Zoom, an online platform that allows participants to see each other and the content. If you don’t already have the Zoom app, you can download it for free here. Once installed on your device, simply click on the link provided by us at the allocated time, and we will take care of the rest. There is a useful video tutorial on how to join a meeting here.

Click here to contact us with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

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What Students Say

“Bounce Forward lessons have helped my year group understand each other’s feelings a lot better. We now look at situations in-depth rather than just how they seem on the surface.”

“I have learnt how to act differently in lessons; it has helped me be more mature.”

“It has made me a calmer person. I don’t catastrophise as much anymore. I was snappy to make decisions in the past, but now I slow down and assess situations.”

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