King’s Awarded Girls on Board Status
King’s College is proud to announce its status as a Girls on Board school following an official training event last weekend.
Girls on Board is a new approach helping girls in early adolescence to navigate the complexities and dynamics of friendships. The scheme also extends to parents and teachers, allowing them to understand the language, methods and ideas that empower girls to solve their own friendship problems.
By encouraging girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum and girls are able to learn more effectively – simply because they are happier.
At the St Swithun’s training course, Housemistresses Lisa Cashmore, Emma Edwards, and Laura Jones were taught the principles and techniques of this innovative approach. This included learning how to understand the dynamics of friendship groups and how to effectively manage parent reactions.
Commenting on the training, Laura said: "Girls on Board encourages a change of culture around how schools support adolescent friendships and the many twists and turns they present. It asks us as facilitators to empower young girls to find solutions for themselves, safe in the understanding that they will, at some point, go through the same feelings and dilemmas as everyone else in their peer group. It teaches our young women about the types of behaviours females often display and explores the reasons behind them."
She added: "Through group sessions, pastoral staff acknowledge and address the girls' issues as they arise, challenging them to think about why these situations occur and what might be done to resolve them. At King's we want our girls to look at their issues objectively. It encourages compassion and honesty, and helps our girls become more resilient to the world around them."
As an accredited school, our staff will now have access to a wealth of training materials and online sources, allowing them to build on their knowledge and share experiences with other working professionals. We will also receive ongoing support – meaning that we have access to the most up-to-date information regarding the Girls on Board scheme.
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970