About Girls on Board

About Girls on Board

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

Update November 2017

Girls on Board was launched at the ISA Annual Conference in May 2017 and since then a total of 28 schools have either adopted the approach or have shown serious interest in doing so.

18 schools are now using the Girls in Board approach to help girls navigate the choppy waters of friendship problems. Congratulations to:
Anglo European School (Ingatestone), Arts Educational School, Ballard School, Beech Hall School, Claire’s Court School, Gosfield School, Heathcote School, Holme Grange School, King Alfred School, Park School for Girls, St. Swithun’s School, St. David’s School, St. Edward’s Prep School, Sancton Wood School, Shrewsbury School, Southend High School for Girls, Thorpe Hall School Towers Covent School.

Coming soon: Cottesmore School, Godolphin School (Wiltshire), Hawley Place School, Heathfield Community College, Leicester High School for Girls, Northampton Girls School, Piper’s Corner School, Queen’s Gate School, St. Catherine’s School (Bromley), Westbourne House School.

There are 13 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.

The next training session is in Great Chesterford on January 18th. I also visit schools to deliver training and by the end of the Autumn Term I will have visited St Swithun’s School, Anglo European School, Southend High School for Girls and Piper’s Corner School.

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!”.

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