Girls on Board SHSG
SHSG has adopted the Girls on Board approach which originated at Thorpe Hall School and which has been delivered to SHSG by the Head of Thorpe Hall at substantially reduced cost. 1600 girls will now benefit from the settled relationships which the approach engenders and teachers will be freed up to focus on teaching and learning.
Wherever girls are at school there exists issues with friendships and SHSG is no exception. The Girls on Board approach is a proven way of empowering girls to solve their own friendship issues, and save time and anxiety for teachers and parents.
DH Anna Leman got in touch to ask for help with some difficult issues in Year 9 in particular. I went to meet her and the Head and we agreed that launching the Girls on Board approach at SHSG would be ideal. Training was delivered to staff through twilight sessions and a day was spent launching the approach to the whole of Year 9.
SHSG have been given the licence to operate the approach for free. That means they have access to the complete range of training materials in order to establish expertise and Champions throughout the staff and 6th form.
Early assessments of the impact were extremely positive. After the day working with Year 9 staff reported that instances of freidnship turbulence had fallen to zero and stayed there for several weeks.
the approach is suitable for the entire community with 6th formers getting involved as mentors.
The project, once fully established will exist for as long as the staff and leadership wish it to. SHSG have been an early adopter of the approach but which now has over 30 schools in the UK using it.