- A total of 510 will have weekly emotional wellbeing and mental resilience lessons this year, delivered by charity Bounce Forward who specialise in helping children become psychologically fit
- These join more than 5,600 students across the UK who will see the expert training added to their school curriculum
- Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, said: "It's great to see schools across Yorkshire, including in Wilberlee, partner with Bounce Forward to introduce wellbeing-based lessons to the school curriculum.
As students return to schools across Yorkshire, 510 will begin weekly dedicated lessons for emotional wellbeing and mental resilience.
Following a multi-year corporate partnership with leading soft drinks manufacturer Britvic, announced earlier this year, wellbeing charity Bounce Forward will provide its expert training to a total of eight schools in the region – integrating classes into the core school curriculum of both primary and secondary school pupils.
This comes after research conducted by Opinium earlier this year, found that four in five (81%) parents believe schools should include mental resilience and emotional alongside subjects like Maths and English.
So far, across the UK, the partnership has seen a total of 58 schools look to work with Bounce Forward this school year to introduce wellbeing-based lessons to the classroom.
As part of their work, the charity will deliver high quality training for teachers and equip them with evidence-based learning resources, allowing them to create lessons that support children in becoming healthy and happy adults.
Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, said: "It's great to see schools across Yorkshire, including in Wilberlee, partner with Bounce Forward to introduce well-being based lessons to the school curriculum.
Mental health is something I care passionately about, so I am delighted that so many teachers across the region can access the training and resources they need to support their students."
Bounce Forward will provide training for teachers to help them deliver these weekly lessons for more than 5,600 students nationwide, with that number expected to increase next year.
Lucy Bailey, CEO & Founder of Bounce Forward, said: “We’re delighted to see so many students in Yorkshire benefiting from lessons in mental resilience and emotional wellbeing.
Parents and students are looking to the classroom for support as they struggle in the face of unprecedented physical and mental health challenges. These lessons will play a key role helping to equip children with the tools needed to manage challenging situations in day-to-day life.”
Schools across Yorkshire have been nominated by Britvic employees to integrate lessons that help children identify damaging, unhelpful and negative thoughts, set rules in relationships, stick up for themselves, take responsibility for their feelings and actions, and learn that positive mental health is achieved through skills and techniques that are useful throughout life.
Notes to editors
The polling reference was conducted by Opinium on behalf of Britvic and Bounce Forward. Online interviews were conducted among a national representative sample of parents and teachers between 06 April and 17 April 2023.
- 2,000 UK parents with children at primary or secondary school
- 326 teachers of children at primary or secondary schools
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About Bounce Forward
Bounce Forward is a national charity delivering inspiring and practical training and teaching resources to support young people to reach their full potential in life.
Our training programmes engage teachers, parents and others around children and young people to develop psychological fitness. Psychological fitness combines mental resilience and emotional wellbeing, both key attributes needed for success in future.
We provide a framework of skills to young people to be better placed to face the complexities of tomorrow and make the most of their future. We have over thirteen years of experience and have trained over 12,000 teachers from 1,751 schools, 13,000 parents and our lessons have reached more than a million young people.
Our impact and passion go beyond the delivery of training and teaching resources – at the heart of our work is research and we are driving a movement to influence UK policy around education to form a positive system of change.
Our Vision: A nation where young people look after their psychological fitness, are mentally resilient, emotionally well and thrive in life.
Our Mission: To give school communities relevant and practical training, skills and resources they need to build young people’s psychological fitness.
The Value in what we do
- Mental resilience is not just about overcoming setbacks it’s also about making the most of opportunities
- We base our approach and training on solid research, theory and evidence
- 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