An approach to help girls between the ages of 8 and 18 navigate the often troubled waters of friendship problems.
When girls (of roughly age 8 to 18) fall out with each other, the resulting distress can be traumatic and damaging. By acknowledging certain truths about what girls need, and fulfilling and facilitating those needs in recessive ways, teachers and parents can limit that distress and trauma.
Girls on Board is an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum and the girls learn more effectively – because they are happier.
Girls on Board is helping school communities across the country ensure their girls are
- happier at school,
- less distracted by friendship issues and
- more focused on the important stuff
See also Testimonials
Update Summer 2018
Girls on Board was launched at the ISA Annual Conference in May 2017 and since then many schools of all types have either adopted the approach or have shown serious interest in doing so.
35 schools are now using the Girls in Board approach to help girls navigate the choppy waters of friendship problems. Congratulations to:
Aiscoughfee School, Anglo European School (Ingatestone), Arts Educational School, Ballard School, Beech Hall School, Claires Court School, Cottesmore school Edgeborough Prep, Gosfield School, Heathcote School, Holme Grange School, Hornsey school for Girls, King Alfred School, Lambrooke Prep, Leicester High School for Girls, Malvern St James School, Northampton School for Girls, Park School for Girls, Pipers Corner School, St. Swithun’s School, St. David’s School, St. Edward’s Prep School, Sancton Wood School, Shrewsbury School, Southend High School for Girls, The Leys, Thorpe Hall School, Towers Convent School, Twyford Prep, Wakefield Girls’ High School, Weston Green School, Woodlands School (Hutton Manor).
Coming soon: Derby High School, Frensham Heights School, Godolphin School (Wiltshire), Hamstel Primary, Edwards Hall Primary, Hawleyhurst School, Heathfield Community College, Queen’s Gate School, St. Catherine’s School (Bromley), St Edward’s School Seniors, St Mary’s Calne, Wapping High School, Westbourne House School.
There are 27 schools from the above list who hold the Girls on Board licence which gives them access to an increasing list of resources. Added to that list in the last few weeks are a PowerPoint for Session One and a fully comprehensive guide and script for Session One. I recently created a tailored version of the Parent Guide for Hornsey School for Girls, including photos from their own gallery; this is something I am more than happy to provide for other schools too.
The Koko Story
I recently met Meg Cannon of thekokostory.com . Meg is a truly inspirational woman who makes films aimed at empowering girls across the UK. In particular i would love to give 5 minutes to watch this: https://youtu.be/1zx11-9RU2U
I can promise you that you won’t regret it and you will start to access an incredible library of short films that will inspire and energise the girls in your schools.
In the diary at the moment are Wapping High (East London) June 28th; St Mary’s Calne (Wiltshire) October 16th; Malvern St James (Worcestershire) Febrauary 11sth 2019. Coming soon will be a date, hopefully, in September for The Hollins in Accrington (Nr Manchester).
If you would like to host a training event (in return for free delegates) then get in touch- firstname.lastname@example.org
I shall be working on an online version of the training over the summer holidays and this will be available at the same rate as face-to-face training except for schools who hold the licence who will get it much cheaper.
Session One film
I am also starting work on another film which will try to capture the uniqueness of a Girls on Board Session One. I hope that will be ready by the Autumn.
I am often asked about boys and when I might be able to share some thoughts about them too. I have been working how to avoid #gruntculture catching hold of boys and paralysising them for as long as I can remember. I think I have made a break through and have designed a curriculum for delivery to Year 9 boys at Thorpe Hall School after half term. If you would like to know more and in particular if you would like to be a part of this incredibly important project, then please get in touch via email. You can also follow a new Twitter feed: @withworking titled ‘Working with Boys’.
Winner of an ISA Award for Innovation and Excellence 2016
Developed by Andrew Hampton Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex and recognised for excellence and innovation at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards last year. Dr Peter Woodroffe, Deputy CEO of the ISA, commented: “The judges enjoyed Thorpe Hall’s creative and innovative approach to the issue of adolescent girls’ friendship problems and the impact these can have. The judge even commented that they wanted to recommend it to pastoral heads of every school in the country!”.
Become a Girls on Board School
For further information about Girls on Board and the options available for training and support click here.
We are always looking for schools who might wish to host a training event in return for free training. So far this has been successfully set up at Frensham Heights School, Derby High School, St. Mary’s Calne and Wapping High School. Email email@example.com if you would like to explore this opportunity.
If you sign up to train to become a Girls on Board Champion the company will ask for basic contact details, such as your name, your email address and place of work. This information will be stored securely and will not be used for any purposes other than to communicate with you in relation to Girls on Board business. If you wish your details to be deleted from our database at any time just email info@GirlsonBoard.co.uk