• Overview

    Helen McGrath (PhD) and Toni Noble (PhD)
    Who is this for?
    Who is this from?
    School teachers and staff, Allied health professionals
    Mentally Healthy Communities, Learning Resilience, Early Support
    Primary School
    Social and emotional learning
    Bounce Back! is a preventative whole-school social and emotional learning curriculum program to promote positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience for students and teachers, and incorporates strategies for developing safe and supportive class and school learning environments.
    Bounce Back! 3rd edition handbooks cost $120.00 each for a hardcopy with eBook. Bounce Back! 3rd edition eBook readers cost $70.00 each.
    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania
    Pearson Education
  • Implementation

    Detailed description

    Bounce Back! has been developed to support schools and teachers in their efforts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their students and, in particular, to enable them to act resiliently when faced with challenges and adversity. Students are essentially taught how to bounce back after experiencing sadness, difficulties, frustrations and hardship. There is a strong focus on practical classroom strategies and cooperative learning approaches to engage students, build positive emotions and positive relationship skills. The program also focuses on ways to develop the types of learning environments and teacher-student relationships that foster resilience and wellbeing.

    Program structure & method delivery

    The Bounce Back book is comprised of a Teacher's handbook and a Classroom Curriculum and is supported by an additional online component of over 80 worksheets and 50 activities plus resource lists of books, poems, videos and parent notes for each curriculum topic. The Teacher’s Handbook explores the theoretical constructs, rationale and research underpinning the program and outlines whole school and whole class protective practices. The Resource Curriculum has nine curriculum units organised around key topics and features class discussions, group activities, games, visual and performance arts, literature, songs and thinking tools.

    BounceBack! is a whole-school approach that emphasises and teaches effective leadership and the development of a positive school culture. The program has a flexible delivery model to allow teachers to select the most appropriate topics, discussions and activities for their students. The implementation guidelines include suggested sequences of units and methods to achieve effective results. Detailed classroom strategies for engaging students are provided in the Teachers Handbook. It can also be taught in small-group sessions as required.

    Student assessment measures


    The online component of the program includes a number of assessment tools that can be completed by students.

    Professional learning compulsory


    Regular professional development workshops for teachers and allied health professionals are provided through Pearson Academy http://learn.pearsonacademy.com.au/au/courses/189-bounce-back or by contacting the authors below.

  • Evidence

    Identified theoretical framework

    The program is based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling such as normalising and self-disclosing. It also draws on the therapeutic principles that underpin positive psychology and positive education such as positive emotions and emotional literacy, optimistic thinking, positive relationships, helping students develop a sense of meaning and purpose and the adoption of strengths-based approaches that contribute to optimal functioning.


    Axford, S., Blyth, K. Schepens, R. (2008-10). Can we help children learn coping skills for life. Perth-Kinross Council.Scotland Axford, S., Schepens, R. Blyth, K. (2011). Did introducing the Bounce Back Programme have an impact on resilience, connectedness and wellbeing of children and teachers in 16 primary schools in Perth and Kinross, Scotland? Educational Psychology, 12 (1): 2-5. McGrath, H. Noble, T. (2011). Report of the Evaluation of the Impact of Training Teachers in Bushfire-affected Primary and Secondary Schools to Use the Bounce Back Classroom Resilience Program in their Classrooms. Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood.; July.
  • Authors


    Helen McGrath (PhD) and Toni Noble (PhD)

    About author(s)

    Helen McGrath (PhD) and Toni Noble (PhD) share a common goal of supporting students and teachers to develop higher levels of wellbeing and to be more resilient, confident and successful. They are both former classroom teachers who are currently Adjunct Professors in Psychology and Education. Helen is at Deakin University RMIT in Melbourne and Toni is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University. Their Government projects include National Safe Schools Framework, the Safe Schools Hub (www.safeschoolshub.edu.au) and the Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. They have co-authored several books including BOUNCE BACK! HITS HOTS (strategies for enhancing student engagement), Eight Ways At Once (strategies for using a Multiple Intelligences model), in addition to journal articles and book chapters. They are both on the Advisory Board of the National Centre Against Bullying.