Pressures on teen girls often negatively impacts learning and progress

    Teachers know the impact on learning of friendship difficulties, social media upsets and body worries for teen girls. They see the distraction, anxiety and, sadly all too often, mental health problems that can develop due to these pressures. But what if girls could learn tools and develop their skills to be able to handle these situations better? As well as being more motivated to improve their grades, in preparation for their GCSE years, what if less distraction plus higher aspirations could also combine to result in better behaviour in class too?

    “Children with higher levels of well-being have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in schools”

    Department of Education

    Building resilience is key to improving outcomes


    Herts for Learning has partnered with confidence specialists, Confident Teens®, delivering the Building Resilience programme to combat these pressures on teen girls and build their resourcefulness.

    Building Resilience consists of a series of six workshops focused on topics that girls worry about most – including body image, friendships and expressing themselves.  Through increasing self-awareness and personal development, the programme addresses the barriers to learning for students, enabling them to progress. It forms part of schools’ preventative mental health strategies, by supporting girls to develop their self-belief and help prevent mental health problems develop.

    “It was excellent. I have a sense of confidence and feel more positive and ambitious for the future.”

    Year 9 Girl

    As well as varied resources in the sessions, every student has her own four-page workbook in every workshop, to use for self-reflection and keep afterwards (a series of six in all).


    Proven track record in schools

    This six-week programme for Years 7, 8 and 9 girls has a proven track record in schools and academies, receiving excellent feedback from students, teachers and parents. 95% of girls rate the workshops as excellent or good, with two-thirds reporting a positive change in their attitude and approach.


    "This student is much more engaged and willing to try difficult questions"

    Secondary school teacher

    Measuring impact and providing evidence

    Measuring impact and providing evidence is integral to the programme, including a before/after comparison of students’ attitudes, plus students’ written feedback of their experience. These findings are compiled into a report for the school, alongside examples of output from the sessions.


    Closing the gap for Pupil Premium students

    This programme is of particular benefit for Pupil Premium students. As it addresses barriers to learning including confidence, aspirations and engagement it contributes to school strategies for closing the gap for disadvantaged students. With groups of 15 girls participating in the programme, every student receives support and encouragement to develop her own skills and mindset.

    Building resilience programme in your school

    If you’re looking for a programme that builds resilience and personal skills, enabling teen girls to progress both personally and academically, find out about the availability of the Building Resilience programme by contacting the Herts for Learning Wellbeing team on 01438 844819 or email:

    Further details are available at:



    One Building resilience programme (to benefit 15 girls) £2,950 for HfL shareholders (£3,338 for non-HfL shareholders)

    Two Building Resilience programmes (to benefit 30 girls) £3,950 for HfL shareholders (£4,470 for non-HfL shareholders)

    Each Confident Teens® Building Resilience programme includes:

    • Full feedback report for school to measure impact and provide evidence
    • six one-hour workshops with a group of 15 girls (12 workshops with 2 programmes)
    • All resources including 6 x four page full colour workbooks for every student to keep for reference
    • A personalised certificate for every girl marking her completion of the Building Resilience programme


    For more information:
    Tel: 01438 844819

    Confident Teens is a registered trademark of Confident Teens Ltd.

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