Think Equal - Bounce Forward

Think Equal

Social and emotional development for our children 

More and more we worry about the levels of discrimination and violence in the world. We can break the cycle and start with children in their early years to cultivate the skills and competencies and influence positive change.

In the early years, a child’s personality and moral framework are at a crucial stage of development. They start to form social norms, learn about relationships beyond the home and develop communication skills. It’s the ideal time to support their emotional and social awareness.

The Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme brings together professional teacher training with the delivery of one level of the Think Equal Curriculum for just £395. 

The adults matter

Is a key principle for Bounce Forward. Teachers who understand the skills and competencies of emotional resilience for themselves provide better outcomes for children. Social and emotional learning is vital and we need to professionalise the subject and provide this as core education to prevent fire-fighting issues, once they are more engrained.

The Think Equal Curriculum 

The Think Equal Curriculum was created by visionary experts and leaders in education, gender equality, human rights, and psychology from institutions including; Montessori UK, Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, Centre for Healthy Mind (University Wisconsin-Madison) and SEE Curriculum, (Emory University).

The lessons deliver long-term benefits that include:

  • Reduced violence and crime and improved social, economic and health benefits, both mental and physical
  • Improved relationships and school climate
  • Improved academic achievement
  • Teacher Training and Development 



    The structure of the professional development

  • The Think Equal Curriculum 



    There are 3 age appropriate levels.
    Level 1:
    • Designed for children aged 3-4
    • 90 individual ‘lessons’
    • Taught 3 times a week
    • 22 narrative picture books – you can access examples of the books here.
    • 1 Lesson Guide Booklet
    • 1 Teaching Resource Booklet
    • Access a breakdown of the Level 1 materials here.

    Level 2:

    • Designed for children aged 4-5
    • 90 individual ‘lessons’
    • Taught 3 times a week
    • 24 narrative picture books
    • 1 Lesson Guide Booklet
    • 1 Teaching Resource Booklet

    Added Value

    • Materials can be used year after year with new cohorts.
    • The school can decide which level to choose.


    • The lessons must be taught in order and the full programme to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
    • Level 3 for children aged 5-6 (expected by Spring 2021)


  • The programme has been peer reviewed, advised on, and contributed to by …

    …. a panel of experts. 

    • Sir Ken Robinson (world renowned educationalist);
    • Dr Urvashi Sahni (Founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation, Brookings Fellow);
    • Dr Marc Brackett and Dr Robin Stern (Co-directors of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence);
    • Neuroscientist Professor Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin-Madison);
    • Brian O’Maoileoin (Primary School Principal, United World College of South East Asia);
    • Vicky Colbert (CEO and Founder Fundación Escuela Nueva, Wise Education Laureate);
    • Dr Sheila Wamahiu (expert on value-based education Kenya);
    • Barbara Isaacs (Montessori UK).
  • Think Equal Founder 

    Leslee Udwin founded Think Equal to end the discriminatory mindset and cycle of violence across our world. Her work led the New York Times to name her the second most impactful woman of 2016 (after Hillary Clinton); she was awarded the Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (formerly won by Madeleine Albright), won the UN Women for Peace Association Activist Award and the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award.

    Watch her UN speech here

    Leslee Udwin UN Speech from Leslee Udwin on Vimeo.

  • Synergy Between Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Frameworks 


    • Think Equal views the child as an empowered being and cultivates the use of correct and positive language, which encourages communication and language development (prime area of learning and development – PA 1).
    • Think Equal provides the resources to create an active learning environment, which allows learners to explore and interact with objects and resources, linked to promoting physical development (PA 2).
    • Think Equal promotes social cognition, including self-awareness and recognising feelings in others and themselves, encouraging characteristics such as empathy, which develops learners personally, socially and emotionally (PA 3).
    • Think Equal promotes literacy (PA 5) as each week is based around a narrative book.
    • This narrative additionally allows Think Equal to give learners a chance to understand the world (PA 7) as they learn about different cultures, contexts and places.
    • This is further encouraged through an active learning environment, which also allows learners to express themselves through art and design (PA 8).

More Information

Here we have answered some frequently asked questions about the Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme.

Click each question to reveal more.

  • Who is for?

    Staff working in early years education.


  • More detail on the training and professional development. 

    The Foundation Training is 10 hours CPD. Delivered on-line over 1.3 days.

    Instructional Teaching & Learning Practice is 45 hours of CPD in school.

    There is 15 hours of Personal Reflection in your own time.

    You will be invited to a final Peer Review & Graduation session which is 3 hours delivered on-line. On completion you will be awarded with your certificate, to certify you as a Bounce Forward Think Equal Teacher.


  • Do I need to attend the Foundation Training, live? 

    Yes, the programme is interactive and the Bounce Forward trainer will engage with you throughout.

    We believe the training is essential for outcomes in the classroom. We want you to enjoy and fully participate in the learning experience. We know tis makes a difference to the quality of teaching and learning.


  • Is the programme certified?

    Yes, each person who completes the training and teaching of one complete level will receive a certificate.

    The certificate can be used to evidence the Continued Professional Development hours completed.

    You will be asked to sign a simple Terms of Use and Copyright notice to ensure you understand and deliver the lessons as they were designed and to achieve the best possible learning for children.

  • Where is it?

    The on-line training will take place on Zoom, an online platform.

    The Zoom app can be download for free here. Once installed on the 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.

Click here to contact us with any questions, and to arrange Bounce Forward Think Equal for your setting.

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What Teachers Say

“My children really love the books, the pictures are easy to follow, especially being bilingual the books are not too wordy for them, they can actually follow the story.”

“This programme is helping me as a teacher to really get to know and understand the children in my group. I feel more attuned to them as individuals.”

Think Equal could not have come at a better time for our school. As our children enter nursery after lockdown, it is a time for compassion, kindness and reconnection. A time to build resilience and self-confidence. We want our children to develop a sense of belonging and empathy for others.

“Using narrative with young children to explore difficult concepts, is perfect. The children are hooked as soon as you enter the story world.”

From Children

“My mum says I am white, but my skin isn’t white like the paper. I have to think what colour I am.”

“My hair is straight and my friend’s hair isn’t, it’s like this” (demonstrates a curly movement with hand). I like her hair and I like my long hair.”

Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme