Teach Mental Resilience - Bounce Forward

Teach Mental Resilience

Developing the next generation of psychologically healthy adults…


Psychological fitness combines mental resilience and emotional intelligence, key attributes your students need in the 21st century. You can teach these skills using high quality lessons, engaging your students and enabling them to thrive. This is now a key element of statutory Health Education, but more importantly than that, it is crucial young people develop life skills in school as much as they develop academic skills.

Teach Mental Resilience guides you through the science of and background to mental resilience and emotional intelligence so you are fully equipped to teach the lessons in the classroom. Your students will understand how to get through challenging times, recognise that failure is part of success and learn how to look after themselves. In this teaching you will be proactively building their psychological fitness and helping to prevent mental ill-health.

Each of the skills and psychological 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 Mental Resilience is a 1.3-day (10 CPD hours) live online training that prepares you to deliver six evidence-based resilience lessons. The cost for the complete package and certified training is £195 per person.

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

Bounce Forward Resilience Skills Lessons 

After completing the online training, teaching and learning materials for Six Bounce Forward Resilience Skills lessons will be delivered electronically – ready to use in the classroom.

In addition, you will receive FREESpecial 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 Bounce Forward Resilience Skills 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
  • FREE Special Response to COVID-19 Pack

    • Meet Tia & Tomos, as they journey through the ups and downs of Covid-19
    • Develop resilience to set backs related to Covid-19
    • Using the WoBbLe skill to tame catastrophic thoughts students may have about Covid-19
    • Calm and focus ideas to remind students how to be kind and the importance fo recharging the batteries
    • Activities for students to recognise their strengths and look after their wellbeing

More Information

Here we have answered some frequently asked questions about the course.

Click each question to reveal more.

  • Why are we delivering the training on-line?

    We have always delivered our training face to face, and so Covid-19 presented us with a challenge. We didn’t want to stop supporting teachers to help their students develop essential resilience skills, especially during a time when they’re arguably needed more than ever. So we adapted our training, maintained the quality and are providing it online

    We aim to ease some of the strain that teachers and students will feel about the current situation and returning to school. Bounce Forward skills will help them get through these times, and mean schools are also meeting the statutory requirement to teach  Health Education.

  • What is it?

    An online course that takes delegates through the science of and background to mental resilience and emotional intelligence so they are fully equipped to teach the lessons in the classroom.

    The full course comprises of one full training day and a half day follow up session.

    The aim is to provide a space for staff to consider and build the skills for themselves first. At the end of the first session attendees receive the lesson materials electronically so they can explore them in detail before returning for the follow on session and to complete the training.

    This model has been proven to see improved learning outcomes for students and ensure authentic teaching and learning in the classroom.

    Teaching and learning materials for six evidenced based lessons are sent electronically along with a Special Response to Covid19 Pack.

    Attendees receive a certificate to recognise the Continued Professional Development and to certify them as a Bounce Forward Teacher.

  • Who is it for?

    The training is for staff in schools (upper primary or secondary) who wish to teach the Bounce Forward lessons.

    The six Resilience Skills lessons have been designed for students aged 10 – 12 (year 6 or year 7 ), but can be adapted for different age groups.

    Bounce Forward Booster lessons are available for secondary schools who wish to embed the teaching and learning as students move through the school. Find out more here.

  • Do I need to attend live?

    Yes, the training is interactive and our trainer will walk you through the skills, first at an adult level, so you understand and can think about the skills for you personally.

    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, your will be certified with a certificate upon completion of the full training 1.3 days (10 hours).

    You will also receive your unique logo to officially register you as a Psychological Fitness Teacher. This can be used in school, in your email signature or other places you wish!

  • 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 and respond to demands at home.

  • Can I ask questions?

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

    All participants are visible and asked to 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 meeting 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.

  • Can I join a waiting list for future training dates? 

    Yes, if the published course dates are not suitable please Contact Us and let us know you would like to join the waiting list for a future course. Make sure you use Teach Resilience in the message.

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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