Bounce Forward and Think Equal are partnering to provide training to teachers in Social and Emotional Learning throughout UK

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Bounce Forward and Think Equal have combined forces to create a new partnership to equip teachers to deliver high-quality lessons.

In the early years, a child’s personality and moral framework are at a crucial stage of development. They start to develop communication skills and develop their very sense of identity. It’s the ideal time to support their emotional and social awareness and build their intelligence and build their intelligence and competencies. That is why we are delighted to be embarking on this partnership to bring the Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme to teachers of early years.

The Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme brings together professional teacher training with the delivery of one level of the Think Equal Programme for just £385. 

Bounce Forward is a charity dedicated and passionate about resilience as the key to personal development. Bounce Forward believes that teaching resilience skills should sit alongside academic lessons. Founded in 2009, Bounce Forward was incubated in its early years within Hertfordshire County Council and became an independent charity in 2016. The Adults really matter is one of key principles for Bounce Forward. Teachers who understand the skills and competencies of emotional resilience for themselves provide better outcomes for children. Social and emotional learning is vital and we need to professionalise the subject and provide this as core education to prevent fire-fighting issues, once they are more engrained.   

“In these times of Covid-19, when we have an additional critical duty of care for our youngest children, this programme dramatically and transformatively equips our children to cope with the mental health and emotional challenges wrought by the pandemic.

All children need a courageous outlook to meet the inevitable challenges they will face in the future and to keep going despite disappointment or frustration. We need to help our children develop resilience. KS1 is such a critical time in children’s development and I am delighted that we now have a programme that addresses early years and KS1 needs through the professional development of teachers to ensure the quality and tone is set right.”  

Leslee Udwin

Founder and Executive Chair, Think Equal


The Think Equal Curriculum was created by visionary experts and leaders in education, gender equality, human rights, and psychology from institutions including; Montessori UK, Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, Centre for Healthy Mind (University Wisconsin-Madison) and SEE Curriculum, (Emory University). The programme has been meticulously mapped against the UK’s EYFS framework and its prime areas of learning and development (PAs), for example:

  • Think Equal views the child as an empowered being and cultivates the use of factual and positive language, which encourages communication and language development (prime area of learning and development – PA 1).
  • Think Equal provides the resources to create an active learning environment, which allows learners to explore and interact with objects and resources, linked to promoting physical development (PA 2).
  • Think Equal promotes social cognition, including self-esteem and self-awareness and recognising feelings in others and themselves, encouraging characteristics such as empathy, which develops learners personally, socially and emotionally (PA 3).
  • Think Equal promotes literacy (PA 5) as each week is based around a narrative book.
  • This narrative additionally allows Think Equal to give learners a chance to give learners a chance to become responsible global citizens and understand the world (PA 7) as they learn about different cultures, contexts and places. 
  • This is further encouraged through an active learning environment, which also allows learners to express themselves through art and design (PA 8).

Together we are on a mission to achieve a global system change in Early Childhood Education. We will combine exceptional training of teachers to provide Social Emotional Learning, as a core purpose of early education.  We envision a safe, free and equal world built around values of empathy, equality, and inclusion.

Lucy Bailey

CEO, Bounce Forward

The lessons deliver long-terms benefits that include:

  • Reduced violence and crime and improved social, economic and health benefits, both mental and physical
  • Improved relationships and school climate
  • Improved academic achievement 
Through the Think Equal lessons and resources, the teachers and learners co-construct pro-social attitudes, behaviours and neuro pathways during the optimal window of brain development. There are 3 age appropriate levels to the curriculum.
LEVEL 1: AGED 3-4 
Each level includes:
  • 90 lessons, each of 30-minute durations, taught 3 times a week
  • 23 narrative picture books
  • 1 Lesson Guide Booklet
  • 1 Teaching Resource Booklet


Added Value

Materials can be used year after year with new cohorts. 

  • Level 1 for children aged 3-4
  • Level 2 for children aged 4-5
  • Level 3 for children aged 5-6 (expected by Spring 2021)


The school can decide which age group they wish to start with.


Who is the training for? 

  • Staff working in early years education.

More detail on the training and professional development. 

  • The Foundation Training is 10 hours CPD. Delivered on-line over 1.3 days.
  • Instructional Teaching & Learning Practice is 45 hours of CPD in school.
  • There is 15 hours of Personal Reflection in your own time.
  • You will be invited to a final Peer Review & Graduation session which is 3 hours delivered on-line.
  • On completion, you will receive your certificate.

Do I need to attend the Foundation Training, live? 

  • Yes, the programme is interactive and the Bounce Forward trainer will engage through the ‘chat’ function and using a Q&A.

Is the programme certified?

  • Yes, each person who completes the training and teaching of one complete level will receive a certificate.

Where is it?

  • The online training will take place on Zoom, an online platform.
  • The Zoom app can be download for free. Once installed on the device, simply click on the meeting link provided by us at the allocated time, and we will take care of the rest. There is a useful video tutorial on how to join a meeting.

Click here to contact us with any questions, and to arrange Bounce Forward Think Equal for your setting.