year of gaming

50,490

So 2017-18... another year has passed but what’s changed? Well, if we’re honest, quite a lot....

 

Where are we going?

Are we still going in to schools, yes, but more than ever before. Do we still do youth clubs and evening events, yes, but again more than we ever have. We are working in more areas with more different activities than we really imagined we would or could. We have more new schools asking us what we do and how can they work with us. We are approached by more events wanting family games based activities and have so many of our previous customers coming back to us asking for more work that is it very humbling and reassuring that we are doing the right things in the right way..  

 

Who are we?

Well we are still the same group of individuals but have grown our numbers recently. We now have our franchisees, Patrick & Barry, down south running their own areas in and around London. We have our friend Andonis running Imagination Gaming over in Cyprus to rave reviews and he has started at pace. We also have a number of other staff that help us at events and behind the scenes that are the hidden heroes of the company. These include but aren’t limited to Nicola, Jacqui, Emma, Kara, Amy and Ella. Thanks to all of you, it’s been a busy 12 months and without you it wouldn’t have been possible.  

 

What are we doing?

As with every year since we began, we’ve got that bit smarter over the last year and some of the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes is about to come to fruition. Aligning games to the UK curriculum, lesson plans for everything and creating partnerships with a range of individuals and companies has helped us to really hone what we do and fully understand what schools need and how we need to deliver our services to them.

 

What’s the result of this been in the last 12 months?

So last year we were busier than ever before and even though the previous year was a record breaking year for us, working with over 32,500 people directly, this year was something else.

After totalling up the numbers September 2017/2018 we have worked with approximately……

50,490

Children, young adults, teachers, class assistants, old people, families, inmates and many other I’m sure. It has been a joy, a pleasure and a privilege, if we are honest, we are just getting started!

So, from the entire team, to everyone that has helped or supported us in any way, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves in the next 12 months and we'd like to say a very big...

Thank you!

 

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Another Year and Still Learning!

Another year and still learning blog

A little later than usual we take a moment to look back at the year and reflect… 

Working in Mainstream and Special Schools, within Libraries, Youth Clubs, Women’s Institutes, with Fostering Groups at Game Conventions, the list is endless. We have had the joy of working with all ages from preschool children to adults. The appeal, growth and benefits to games becomes more and more evident not just in education but in life.  

This year we have seen more and more new faces and many schools/organisations return as repeat customers. It is always a delight to work with familiar faces and see the bigger picture, the complete journey from start to finish... That said whether a one off Games Day or a series of dates it is important to us that we really make a difference. 

...a brilliant experience which engaged all year groups and parents too.

Andrea Carr, Head Teacher, Angram Bank Primary School

 

In addition to mainstream schools, this year we have worked more than ever in special schools across the country. We have been described as having a great understanding of the needs of S.E.N. pupils... just take a look at our testimonials!

Where behaviour is an issue for example working in PRU’s carefully chosen games/resources have resulted in students wanting to stay back after school. This is a first but something we hope to see continue next year.

Having a vast catalogue of games helps us to work with all ages and all abilities and our activities are tailored to every organisation and their individual needs… No two days are the same here at Imagination Gaming and we are reaching out to more and more new areas so our location is varied too.

 

 

Last year saw us work as far north as West Lothian in Scotland and as far south as Swanley in Kent. We expect this area to continue to grow throughout the coming year especially in Scotland where we hope to make a big impact after winning several contracts there. 

COVID 19 will be a hurdle for us like many and towards the later part of this year resulted in some cancellations in our calendar. Our work in Italy (yes, Italy!), was also cancelled however we look forward to rebooking once we can..

Staying in the Mediterranean we cannot forget our colleagues in Cyprus as they continue their fantastic work. Engaging with more and more children and families, working with groups in the community and using games to break down social barriers alongside education. “Yiasou” Cyprus.

Imagination Gaming do truly amazing things.

Disengaged Learners Become Model Students by Amber, Teacher, Barnsley College

 

We have been working closely this year with some of our Global Game Companies and for the first time ever we have been able to offer a series of FREE Games Days. These free days have allowed us to showcase the benefits of games in education in a selection of schools nationwide. We still have a small number of days available should you be interested and a forward-thinking school open to discover new ways to engage and excite pupils. 

All in all last year was a great year, yes disruptions were felt due to COVID 19 from March onwards, however we can look back and appreciate another incredible year of growth.

 

 

So, a special thanks to everyone that has helped make this once again possible.

Thank you to the companies that work with us to promote their games and give schools the ability to tap into resources they would not normally see.

Thank you to the volunteers that support us at events, your hard work and passion for games never goes unnoticed.

Finally, a massive thank you to the families, children, teachers all of you out there that continue to support us, for believing in the service we provide and keeping us on our toes.  

Last year we worked with over 75,000 incredible individuals, a figure that we are immensely proud of.

Let us continue to create happiness as we hope to see you all again next year... let us play, learn and smile together!

 

 

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Another Year In The Game!

 

Our end of year report card is in... and it's A*'s all round for Imagination Gaming!

 

It’s been another record-breaking year here at Imagination Gaming.  This year we have challenged, engaged and most definitely had lots of board game fun with over 70,000 Shining Stars …. WOW..

So as another year crosses the finish line and we reflect on our success in 2018/19 what is it that is driving that increase in interactions year on year?  No day is ever the same in Imagination Gaming’s world, what we can and do deliver changes daily but what always stays the same is our unwavering passion that games should be used in schools to enhance the curriculum and make learning fun and accessible to all.  This passion ensures we continue to grow at a rapid pace with new staff, new schools and new events filling up our calendar for 2019 and beyond.

The children are becoming more resilient...

Jodie Palmer, Y2 Teacher, Stocksbridge NI School, Sheffield

Our ongoing partnership with game companies has helped some schools who are feeling the budget cuts to participate in learning activities with us.  These days are valuable to the game companies and to schools in equal amounts and the uptake of these free days by schools and the willingness of the companies to fund more supports our “Lean to Play…Play to learn” ethos.

One Hundred and Thirty (yes 130!) Games were submitted to be judged by us and our panel at our Internationally Acclaimed Imagination Gaming Game Awards this year, another incredible accolade for us. Through play testing with families, children and teachers these awards are a true independent mark of how well received a game is by its intended audience.  This number means we now have new themes, ideas and games from companies old and new to take with us when we engage with our bright sparks, ensuring we have the best range of games available for our all our customers.

On a national basis we continue to expand into more schools, more MATs, and more regions, with work in both Scotland and Ireland upcoming.  There is also more demand for our ongoing services from schools who have tried our stand-alone days and want/need more support for their students in terms of the curriculum and wider work to support learners develop their own character – including their resilience, confidence and independence.

... they are especially skilled at working with those outside the mainstream

Sian Lang, LSA, Grove House School Essex, S.E.N. 8 - 16 years

Internationally we have had interest from several more countries in starting Imagination Gaming in their territories.  To maintain this interest and establish collaborations we continue to book events as public speakers; discussing and imparting the importance of what we do to those who interact with us and we in turn are always fascinated by understanding how schools’ function in other countries and the different ways they look to engage young people. 

Looking forward to 2019/20 we are hoping to have a presence at more of the major social events that happen across the UK.  We plan to continue increasing the number of smaller events and activities that happen too, e.g. local fairs, old people’s homes, youth group events and other social gatherings that would like to engage its members. The number of different events/days that we now offer means that no matter what the age, ability or subject, we have something to offer.

Visitors of all ages were engaged with a variety of games... ... a lot of fun was had by all!

Clare Harris, Charity Manager, Emily Harris Foundation

In Summary 2018/19 has indeed been record breaking, we are expanding our team, growing our interactions and games to play.  Going into 2019/20 we are more eager and excited than ever. Imagine what the next 12 months will bring when you Learn to Play then Play to Learn....

Certificates All Round!

 

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