Who We Are - Bounce Forward

Who We Are

We are Bounce Forward – a charity that are the experts in delivering practical training for adults and providing high quality teaching materials to develop the psychological fitness of young people.

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. In 2019 we transformed our approach, working intensively with educators, psychologists, academics and young people to deliver practical, relevant and flexible solutions.

Our core principles:

  • Psychological fitness combines mental resilience and emotional wellbeing, key attributes needed for success in the 21st century.
  • Sound research, theory and evidence informs everything we do.
  • We teach skills and strategies that work in the real world.
  • The adults matter: their role is vital in helping children and young people to be psychologically healthy.
  • The personal development of young people is as important in society as academics.

Create the conditions for a radically reimagined 21st century where young people drive the change towards more helpful and less harmful behaviour.

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