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 September 2017

11 schools have launched the approach for the Autumn Term and have received personalised guidance as Licence Holders. Lots more interest is being shown, especially from large state schools and they will be adopting the approach over the next few months.

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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