Two secondary school teachers in North West London, Charly and Becca, set up the Girls Network – a one to one mentoring scheme, when they witnessed multiple barriers that girls faced in their classrooms which included:

  • A lack of confidence or self-belief
  • The pressure to conform to ideal
  • A lack of professional role models in their networks

They believed that the girls needed greater access to opportunities, the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.



The one to one mentoring scheme is based on research that shows personal relationships and conversations can have a significant impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations. The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across London and the South Coast, working with more than 1,000 girls each year. Feedback includes:

  • 100% of girls on the programme last year reported feeling more confident in themselves and in how to get to where they want to go.
  • Teachers saw 89% of girls demonstrate more resilience and self-motivation at the end of the year.

The Girls Network aim to be in every city in England by 2020 and their aim is to reach every city in the UK. They are already having requests from around the world for the Girls Network mentoring scheme to be in their city.


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