Be the best you can be
The Primary School Programme starts with a staff development workshop for teachers and other staff to further their coaching/facilitation skills i.e. effective questioning and enhanced listening. The quality, sensitivity and creativity of these skills are something that can be endlessly developed and through these skills the intent is to raise awareness and responsibility in young people. Teachers as exceptional role models will be invaluable for pupils.
The programme has been developed by a team that have more than 20 years of experience in Self-Managed Leadership and Coaching Skills from the most successful Personal Development Programmes in Business and Industry. Over time this team decided to give back to society, and so created this programme aimed at sharing their learning in schools, for teachers, support staff and pupils alike.
Ultimately, the programme helps participants develop enhanced facilitation skills, so improving performance, learning and enjoyment – three intrinsic human motivators. The overall intent is to increase the self-awareness and self-responsibility of every participant.
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking potential”, Winston Churchill
The Programme enables teachers to design a learning journey that provides a foundation for planning activities that meet the individual needs of their young people. The themes have been set out to give a suggested structure to the Programme, so that activities may be extended and revisited, with Teachers adding their unique touch to make them personally relevant to their audience.
Theme 1: Programme Launch – a GB/Olympic athlete speaker
A role model visits to inspire young people by sharing the story of their personal journey to success. To challenge young people to follow their dreams and raise their aspirations and motivation to ‘Be the Best they can Be’ in whatever field they choose.
Theme 2: Visions and Goals
Encouraging pupils to see themselves achieving success and promote the idea of having a dream, which they can work towards becoming a reality.
Theme 3: Values
Understanding values and how they influence behaviour.
Theme 4: HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Questions
Developing the life skill of learning how to ask effective questions and becoming empathic, attentive listeners. This skill is the ‘how to’ of empowerment and can lead to peer coaching.
Theme 5: Personal Growth – Comfort Zones and Resilience
Exploring the meaning of comfort zones and how valuable it is to explore new things, take risks and the first steps. Gaining an understanding of resilience and recognise what type of situations will require it. Many young people have to face difficulties, stressful events and/or tragedy in their lives. It is intended that this theme will help all participants find strategies to help them move in a positive direction.
Theme 6: Body, Mind, Emotion, Spirit – Personal Development
Understanding the alignment of the four elements of Body, Mind, Emotion & Spirit to achieve goals.
- Body Understanding what affects performance, health and well-being…
- Mind Using the mind effectively – mind maps, focus, positive thought…
- Emotion Developing emotional intelligence, understanding how emotions influence behaviour and management…
- Spirit Understanding what gives individuals meaning and purpose and recognising that with thought, commitment and action everyone can make a positive contribution to a better future for themselves and their communities.
Theme 7: Reflections & Celebration
Reflecting on the Programme and the impact it has had on each young person and the class as a whole. Record all the positive changes that have taken place on their personal journey through the Programme.
“That all young people, through coaching, are enabled to achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as responsible individuals, citizens and members of their communities”
“All the children were highly engaged. Great excitement, very spectacular. Many thanks!”
“wonderful - the funds raised will help us in the purchase of new gym equipment”
“Communication prior to the event was exceptional and the information received was thorough”
“we are a large junior school with 400 children and every single one loved the event and assembly”