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Herts for Learning is working in partnership with confidence specialists Confident Teens®, offering workshops to develop the confidence and resilience of teenage girls. This includes a ‘Building resilience’ afterschool programme (paid for by parents) as well as a two hour confidence workshop to run during the school day. These are suitable for Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils.

Building Resilience After-school Workshops

Herts for Learning is working with confidence specialists, Confident Teens, to offer this innovative programme of afterschool workshops focused on Building Resilience.  This is suitable for years 7, 8 and 9.
During these sessions the girls develop their self-awareness, confidence and resourcefulness. This leads to improved engagement at school, higher aspirations and happier students. As an after-school programme, parents pay for their daughters to participate, with the option of some students being funded through Pupil Premium.

The six session programme covers:

  • Confidence: building girls’ self-belief and pride in their own individuality.
  • Speaking confidently: building skills and confidence to contribute positively in class
  • Goals & aspirations: encouraging the girls to be ambitious for their futures and set themselves goals
  • Body confidence: developing girls’ awareness of media messages about bodies, and supporting them to accept and have confidence in their changing bodies.
  • Relationships: supporting the girls to be resilient and assertive in their relationships with their family, friends and boys.
  • Celebrating themselves: celebrating their talents and abilities, and giving them an opportunity to ask questions and develop their learning.

Through activities and group discussion, girls are encouraged to develop their own strategies, so they become self-aware, confident and ambitious for their futures.  Every student has her own full colour workbook for each session to use for self-reflection, and to keep for reference.
Every girl receives a personalised certificate to mark her completion of the programme.

Strong feedback

Students complete feedback forms at the end of every session, as well as feedback being sought from teachers and parents.  Feedback has included:

Student: “These are brilliant workshops that have helped me a lot”

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 how to deal with situations.”
Teacher: “This student is now much more confident at asserting herself when she wants help or wants to voice her opinion, whereas before she would not speak up at all.

Headteacher: “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.” Mrs Manning, Headteacher of Hitchin Girls’ School (an Outstanding school)

Positive outcomes

The majority of students show strong progress from participation in the programme, with two-thirds of girls reporting a positive difference in their attitude or approach. 

Find out more

For further information or to arrange a Building Resilience afterschool programme at your school, please contact: Julie Garstang on


Confidence Workshops

Sadly, many teenage girls experience difficulties with their self-esteem. This engaging two hour workshop uses discussion, video clips and activities to encourage girls to develop pride in their individuality and feel positive about themselves.  These workshops are for girls in years 7, 8 and 9.

The workshop covers:

  • self-understanding
  • role models and setting goals
  • body confidence
  • speaking confidently
  • positive thinking

75% of attendees report they feel ‘more confident’ after the workshop.
The session is run with a group of 15 pupils, and every girl has a workbook to use for self reflection and to keep for reference.

Measuring impact

Every pupil completes a feedback form at the end of the session which, in conjunction with the staff evaluation form, measures the effectiveness of the workshops. These workshops are an appropriate expenditure for Pupil Premium budgets.

“I’ve learnt that it’s OK to be myself, I don’t need to be the same. I am definitely a different person since I came in the room.” Pupil at Edwinstree Middle School

“I liked the range of thought-provoking questions/quotes/clips and how you kept the girls moving from one activity to another” Teacher

Find out more

For further information or to arrange a workshop, please contact: Julie Garstang on