Beaconsfield High School

After-school Building Resilience Programme

Confident Teens is proud to partner with Beaconsfield High School to offer our Building Resilience programme as an after-school activity, for Years 8 and 9, starting on Monday 24 February 2020.

Teen girls have so much going on – friendship difficulties, social media upsets, body image worries and academic pressures. When these pressures build up, and girls don’t develop the strategies to handle them, it can lead girls to be distracted, withdrawn or anxious. Sadly, all too often, mental health problems can sometimes develop.

In the Building Resilience after-school programme, girls are empowered to develop their skills and learn tools to better handle situations, so they can thrive at school and at home.

Empowering and encouraging students

The programme focuses on areas teen girls worry about – by exploring these areas and sharing ideas girls find their own approaches to handle the pressures.

It has a proven track record in encouraging teens to:

  • Reduce their anxiety through better understanding themselves
  • Express themselves more confidently
  • Feel happier about their bodies
  • Face challenges with a positive attitude 

Girls who have participated in the programme express themselves better in class, have improved friendships, increased body confidence, higher aspirations with more resources to handle issues.

Power of self-awareness 

Central to the programme is increasing self-awareness – the cornerstone of confidence and resilience. Girls are encouraged to self-reflect and consider how they respond to situations.

Between sessions they practise skills they learn, to progress their personal development.

No one is ever put on the spot – it’s always a fun and supportive atmosphere!

Together with 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).  These resources can also be helpful for parents and carers to support their daughters.

 

“I’m so glad I signed my daughter up for this course. I’ve seen an improvement in her confidence and happiness, and her form tutor has noticed her development too.”

Parent

“This programme has been fantastic for my daughter.  I have seen a remarkable difference in her.  She still talks about ways you taught her to deal with situations”

Parent

“It’s great because it helped me to understand issues that are not spoken enough about”

Student

Workshops led with enthusiasm and care

Caroline Walker, founder of Confident Teens, leads the Building Resilience programme at Beaconsfield High School.

Caroline has a warm and empathetic style, gently encouraging students to share their thoughts, inspiring them with varied resources and empowering them to find their own answers to their challenges.

Caroline is from the local area, having attended Burnham Grammar School before studying Politics at Cambridge University.  Following a successful career in marketing, she retrained to found Confident Teens, driven by a passion to empower teen girls to build their life skills and thrive during their teen years, and beyond.

Having worked with hundreds of teen girls over the last five years, Caroline is highly experienced in supporting girls in their personal development, and having lots of fun along the way.

Impact of Confidence Workshop in schools:

 

95% of girls rate the workshops as excellent or good,
with two-thirds reporting a positive change in their attitude and approach.

This programme of six workshops encompasses topics girls worry about

Developing self-awareness and building girls’ self-belief and pride in their own individuality.

Building skills and confidence to contribute positively in class and express themselves more confidently.

Encouraging girls to be ambitious for their futures, consider different careers as well as work out their own goals and plans to achieve these.

Developing girls’ awareness of media messages about bodies, and empowering them to gently build confidence in their changing bodies.

Empowering girls to better understand relationships, and recognise healthy / unhealthy behaviours 

Celebrating their talents and abilities, and giving girls an opportunity to reflect back what they have learnt through the programme.

At the end of the programme every girl is awarded a certificate to mark their completion of the programme.

Learning life skills and building a positive mindset

During the workshops students enjoy a range of different activities, working individually and in groups, here are some examples:

Booking a place for your child

The investment for your child to participate in the programme is £227 (this equates to £38 per session), paid by SCOPAY.

The workshops will be held at school, running straight after the end of lessons (3.45-5.00pm) starting on Monday 24th February, and then running every Monday, these dates being 24th February, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March (final session).

There are a limited number of places available; if there is sufficient demand, the course will run more than once to accommodate those who do not get a place first time around.

Once you have discussed the programme with your child, to book a place please contact Mr McClean by email on
McClea-A@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk   The closing date is Thursday 13th February 2020.

“This programme has been fantastic for my daughter.  I have seen a remarkable difference in her.  She still talks about ways you taught her to deal with situations”

Parent

“This programme had a significant impact on our students. They have developed their self-awareness, personal skills and become more self-assured. I recommend it highly.”

Frances Manning, Headteacher,
Hitchin Girls’ School

“I’ve learnt how to value myself and everything about me”

Student