What We Do - Bounce Forward

What We Do

Our approach equips children and young people with the skills needed for success in 21st century  

We apply the science to develop the skills of mental resilience and emotional wellbeing to create psychologically fit adults of tomorrow: attributes that are critical for success in future.

Our approach teaches children (and the adults around them) how to overcoming setbacks, but the purpose is to help them bounce forward, to problem solve, to think creatively: teaching that develops more helpful and less harmful behaviour.

Research is at the heart of our work.  All evidence shows that using and modelling psychological fitness is the most powerful way for children to learn. The adults really matter.  Explore our approach to personal development that is based on solid research, theory and evidence.

Our Approach

Our approach is based on this simple premise – “to pass on skills and capacity to be psychologically fit and resilient, we must apply them in our own lives first.”


  • Train teachers and parents in the science of developing psychological fitness and how to pass on the skills
  • Learn about what works in schools and create the interventions to make a difference
  • Influence the education system through our research to cultivate psychologically fit and emotionally intelligent adults tomorrow

Building Psychological Tools for Living

We provide flexible, practical programmes that transform behaviour and learning. Our approach is centred around skills and competencies that matter for individuals, and for wider society. The output (behaviour) we aim to see is broken down into 5 key competencies:

  • Flexible and realistic thinking
  • Human connections
  • Hope & optimism
  • Self regulation
  • Self-awareness and compassion

Explore our infographic that explains these in more detail.

Our training courses prepare participants through discussion and with feedback from the qualified training team. Research has identified that the quality of the teacher training is paramount for achieving successful outcomes for children and young people. Investing time to learn how adults can be more psychological fit is vital to achieving positive outcomes for young people (and them personally).

98% teachers agree or strongly agree that the skills they had learnt will be useful in their work with students.

We have had more than 15 staff trained through Bounce Forward. They are always rated extremely highly not only for the quality of the courses, resources and quality of delivery, but also for their knowledge, skills and passion about the professional development they deliver. If you want the gold standard, then go to Bounce Forward.

Carole Black

Assistant Head Teacher, Dr Challoner's Grammar School