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 is essential and should be a core feature of education. Yes in schools, colleges and universities, but also within any development journey.

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:

  • Resilience is about thriving and making the most of opportunities as well as overcoming setbacks.
  • 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 be resilient and thrive

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

Central Team

Trustees

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board experience spans:

10,212

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

1,661

the number of schools that Bounce Forward has trained to date