Why Resilience?

Resilience means we can cope when things get tough and make the most out of opportunities. Above all, we learn from set-backs and bounce forward. Like any skill worth having, resilience takes practice but the capacity lies in all of us. Once mastered, you have the skills to be the best possible version of yourself allowing you to feel good and function well. You also improve your emotional and mental health.

Develop your resilience skills with us.

  • Better deal with education and attainment-related pressures

    School health and individual well-being is continually tested and there is increasing recognition for the importance of health education. Bounce Forward focuses on the importance of developing strong mental and emotional resilience to cope with stress and pressure to achieve – and this applies to both pupils and staff. It is important to recognise that failure is not in itself a negative, there is opportunity to learn and grow in challenging circumstances, and we show you how.

  • Reach your full potential and understand how to thrive in life

    The world is a complex place, increasingly so with the interaction of both online and offline worlds, which are playing a role in effecting sense of self and self-esteem. Building resilience incorporates realistic thinking, adaptive coping skills and social problem solving to enable you to be your best self and reach your full potential. Bounce Forward focuses on the importance of soft skills and developing underlying competences of empathy, perseverance, durability, flexibility, hope, connecting and reaching out.

  • Better understanding of mental health and preventing mental ill-health

    Stress and anxiety are not necessarily a sign of mental ill-health, however a response to challenging contexts. Bounce Forward places an emphasis on understanding the concept of resilience and being aware of one’s own mental health, other people’s mental health and how to cope with it when it fluctuates.

  • The Facts

    • The DfE has announced health education, including teaching mental resilience, as compulsory by 2020
    • Resilience skills are proven to improve well-being
    • 10% of eleven-year old’s have difficulty managing their emotions and dealing with problems (MIllennium Cohort Study)
    • 75% of adult mental health problems begin before the age of 18 (The Chief Medical Officer, Our Children Deserve Better, 2012)

    Bounce Forward:

    • Has pioneered the delivery of resilience training and curricula in UK schools based on scientific concepts as an instrumental measure to promote mental health
    • Has trained nearly 10,000 teachers to date and reached over 500,000 pupils through its teacher training and curricula
    • Is the only organisation in Europe licensed to train the Penn Resilience Programme and has certified 1335 teachers in the UK
    • Led the Healthy Minds research project in partnership with LSE and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation
  • Your Role

    The adults around children really matter. Your role as a teacher or parent is vital in preparing young people for the challenges they face in life. Demonstrating one’s own resilience skills applied to difficult situations and seizing opportunities gives young people examples from which they will observe, note and learn from.

    Our training focuses on the adult first to ensure you understand your own resilience and can model it, apply the skills and pass on to nurture children and young people around you.

  • Our Role

    We teach specific, tangible skills that become resilience skills for life – a set of tools that underpin the way you and young people approach opportunities and challenges in and outside of school.  Our training courses range from teaching concepts and skills, to delivering curricula, lesson materials and specialised courses.  Our team of specialists are actively involved in positive psychology, education leadership and workforce development. They create and evolve our validated research and curricula.

  • The Impact

    Our resilience training makes an impact.  Over 10 years, we have monitored individuals to track success.  We’ve seen:


    • Higher student attendance
    • Reduced bullying
    • Improved exam results


    • Improved behaviour
    • Cope better with setbacks
    • Reduced anxiety
    • Enhanced ability to learn
    • Grab opportunities


    • Increased happiness
    • Improved personal functioning

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the year when health education, including teaching mental resilience, is going to be compulsory

“We are proud of our work with Bounce Forward, in bringing the Penn Resilience Programme to over 500,000 young people in UK schools.”

Peter Schulman

Executive Director, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

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