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Confident Teens®

Herts for Learning is working in partnership with confidence specialists Confident Teens®, offering workshops to develop the confidence and resilience of teenage girls. This includes a ‘Building resilience’ afterschool programme (paid for by parents) as well as a two hour confidence workshop to run during the school day. These are suitable for Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils.

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Building resilience afterschool programme - developing resourcefulness

Teenage girls face many pressures, whether it’s fickle friendships, social media, body image, or changing home lives. It has been recognised that if girls don’t develop the strategies they need to handle these pressures, it can result in anxiety, low aspirations and disengagement from school.

In response, Herts for Learning is working in partnership with Confident Teens® to offer an afterschool programme for ‘Building Resilience’, suitable for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. Parents pay for their daughters to participate, although schools may choose to fund some pupils through Pupil Premium funding.

This innovative six session programme is focused on areas that girls worry about most. Through activities and group discussion, pupils are encouraged to develop their own strategies, so they become self-aware, confident and ambitious for their futures. Pupils have workbooks to use for self-reflection and to keep for reference.  The six sessions cover:

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  • speaking confidently
  • goals and aspirations
  • body confidence
  • relationships
  • celebrating themselves

Significant impact on pupils
Pupils complete a form at the end of every session and comments are welcomed from teachers and parents. At the end of the programme, this feedback is reviewed with the school.

In the initial programme run at Hitchin Girls’ School, Hertfordshire pupils assessed the workshops as excellent or good, with almost two thirds reporting a difference in their attitude or approach. Positive feedback has been received, not only from pupils, but parents and teachers too.

Confidence workshop for teenage girls

Sadly, many teenage girls experience difficulties with their self-esteem. This engaging two hour workshop uses discussion, video clips and activities to encourage girls to develop pride in their individuality and feel positive about themselves. The workshop covers:

  • self-understanding
  • role models and setting goals
  • body confidence
  • speaking confidently
  • positive thinking

75% of attendees report they feel ‘more confident’ after the workshop. The session is run with a group of 15 pupils, and every girl has a workbook to use for self‑reflection and to keep for reference.

Measuring impact
Every pupil completes a feedback form at the end of the session which, in conjunction with the staff evaluation form, measures the effectiveness of the workshops. These workshops are an appropriate expenditure for Pupil Premium budgets.


Julie Garstang, Commissioning Officer
Tel: 01438 844853


What they are saying
"This programme had a significant impact on our pupils. They have developed their self‑awareness, personal skills and become more self‑assured. I highly recommend it." Frances Manning, Headteacher of Hitchin Girls’ School
"This programme has been fantastic for my daughter. I have seen a remarkable difference in her. She still talks about ways she learnt to deal with situations." Parent of pupil attending programme
"I’ve learnt that it’s OK to be myself, I don’t need to be the same. I am definitely a different person since I came in the room." Pupil at Edwinstree Middle School

Want to find out more?


Julie Garstang
Phone: 01438 844853
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