Who We Are - Bounce Forward

Who We Are

We are Bounce Forward – a charity dedicated and passionate about resilience as the key to personal development of students.

We believe that teaching resilience skills should sit alongside academic lessons and we’ve spent 11 years working directly with schools and delivering research, to evidence what we do.

Founded in 2009, Bounce Forward (formerly How to Thrive) was incubated in its early years within Hertfordshire County Council and became an independent charity in 2016.

Our core principles:

  • Resilience is not just about overcoming setbacks it’s also about making the most of opportunities and thriving
  • We base our approach and training on solid research, theory and evidence
  • We teach skills and strategies that work in the real world
  • The adults matter: their role is vital in helping children and young people be resilient and thrive

We can support you to build the understanding, knowledge and skills you need to deliver school improvements and achieve improved outcomes for your students.

Central Team


Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board experience spans:


the number of teachers that Bounce Forward has trained to date

“We have been teaching resilience since 2014 and reached 1,500 students. We have embedded lessons firmly into our year 7 curriculum so that students are able to manage themselves in their new environment and are learning skills that will be useful as they move through the school. We have seen the impact of the resilience lessons for students first hand; they have greater confidence, more accurate and flexible thinking styles and a greater willingness to talk about their concerns and feelings.”

Kate Smith

Headteacher, Monk's Walk School


the number of schools that Bounce Forward has trained to date