Long Term Goals Achieved Through Regular Intervention
While much is gained from having one of our games days, changing culture, perception and behaviours can take time. A games day programme looks to do exactly this over a series of several weeks or months. A games day programme looks to act as an intervention to solve either an individual or number of problems at a location or with a specific group.
This could be working with a multitude of different people from those with behavioral issues, causing disruption in class or the school in general or maybe those whose confidence is in dire need of an uplift. It could involve working with parents to increase their engagement with the school, or indeed their ability in basic subjects, or it might involve providing a greater challenge to those children that are excelling in class. Examples of subjects and areas in which this type of work has been undertaken include COPE, ESOL, Gifted and Talented and Special Needs pupils & PRU's. We also work with teachers in a particular subject, for example a modern language, where engagement was proving difficult and aim to make their scheme of works more exciting and effective.
By having regular sessions aimed at tackling such issues, not only can they be dealt with, but sustained progress will be made and change can be affected. Often they require bespoke solutions to the problems but as mentioned many fall in to distinct groups:
- Behavioral - Reintegrating disruptive pupils back in to mainstream with a desire of improving their social skills
- Cultural - Making game play challenges part of both lesson and break time habits so that mental agility is improved across the board
- Reinvigoration - Providing new ideas and excitement to the classroom to increase engagement and performance
- ESOL - Easier student integration in to school, helping with language, confidence and peer support
- Pastoral - Confidence for those of low ability or difficult circumstances
Longer programmes have many advantages over individual days including the following: -
- Recognisable progression - Whether this is the students themselves or even the teachers and parents, you will see the difference the repeat sessions makes in those pupils and areas you have targetted. Reinforcing the messages with repeat work will only make their learning or behaviour improve that much more quickly.
- Wider participation - In a series of sessions we are much more able to involve greater numbers in meaningful and effective activities than we can on an individual day. Where the sessions are aimed at parent involvement for example, repeat work will make it easier for them to attend and schedule.
- Broader scope - More time means we are again able to look in to other areas of learning and push the boundares beyond maths and literacy and look to include activities that include other areas of the curriculum such as history, languages or SEAL.
- Inter-school opportunities - Where we work in schools on a repeat basis an extremely popular model has to be the organising of events that other schools and children can attend, whether that be an inter-school tournament or simply a 'share good practice' event. Long term work can reap big benefits in these areas.
- Sustainability- It is vital that when we come in to school we leave you a legacy that you can continue with in our absence. Reinforcing the initial messages and culture means sustaining it in our absence becomes that much easier.
Whether you are looking at long term intervention with disaffected students or looking at ways of engaging parents with the school and their childrens learning, anything is possible with a games day programme. We have many examples of running and executing programmes such as this. Not only will confidence be gained by all but you will have ways of sustaining for ongoing success. Contact us and let us know what you are looking to do.