We have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible.. a reliable and high quality service...

Sheffield City Council and the Children's University
Referencing: Children's University, Primary School, Secondary School, SEN, Tournaments,

As an Assistant Service Manager for Enrichment and Learning role my involves managing the Children’s University team in Sheffield and supporting enrichment and youth work projects in the city.

Sheffield Children’s University, part of Sheffield City Council, has worked with Imagination Gaming for several years as one of our accredited Learning Destinations. Some of the work they have done for Sheffield Children’s University includes:

The development of an educational games box at 3 key stages, including an explanatory booklet and work towards an extensive inter-school games tournament, which was very well received by our participating primary schools. Games were carefully selected to promote numeracy, literacy and social skills.
A Games Tournament tailored to the needs of a local special school
Regular open access games workshops in local libraries and the Winter Gardens for children and families to enjoy together.
A dedicated gaming day pulling together various different gaming retail outlets from across the city to showcase their specialisms and allow families to try new games out.

Nigel and Chris have provided a reliable and high quality service to young people in the city using modern board and card games to both educate and entertain and we have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible in their approach to supporting young people from a range of different backgrounds and abilities.
Helen Nicholls
Assistant Service Manager, Enrichment and Learning
Sheffield City Council

The level of both student and staff engagement with these games was tremendous

Leeds Schools and Intervention
Referencing: Schools, Transactional Activities, Summer Schools, SEN, Primary, Secondary

For four years from 2012, in my previous capacity as Assistant Principal (Support for Learning) at David Young Community Academy in Leeds, I employed Imagination Gaming to deliver a number of interventions designed to better engage young people in learning.

Summer Schools 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Each year, Imagination Gaming delivered a range of different board games to students transferring from primary to secondary education. These games facilitated team building between students and with staff and, at the same time supported the development of communication, mathematics and problem solving skills. The level of both student and staff engagement with these games was tremendous, to the extent some would go back to game playing during the lunch breaks between activities.

Alternative Provision for disengaged young people: Imagination Gaming became an integral part of an experimental alternative provision programme I ran with Yr8 and Yr9 students in 2014 -2015. This intervention, again, highlighted the value of Imagination Gaming’s approach in relationship building, team work and raising aspirations. One of the students came up with an idea for a new board game based on healthy eating – Nigel pursued this with games manufacturers internationally and provided an opportunity to develop the idea to fruition. Another student was provided with work experience at his Huddersfield shop as a confidence building exercise to break down the barriers of the student’s negative perceptions of his own abilities. Another student helped Nigel to set up and run a lunch-time school club. This became popular with students of all ages, from Yr7 through to 6th Form, engaging them in a mutually supportive positive activity.

Care leavers: Confidence building, communication skills and team work were also the focus of Imagination Gaming interventions during exercises with young adults leaving care. Again the approach proved successful – helping pull together a disparate group of young people with very different personal issues into a coherent work group.

International inclusion: The concept of using Imagination Gaming for inclusion was positively received at a pan-European event I attended with Nigel in 2015. He has now been been invited to present Imagination Gaming at an Inclusion Workshop in Latvia in April 2016.

I have no hesitation in recommending Imagination Gaming to you.
Alan Bolton
Harrogate
AB Consultancy (Goldsborough) Ltd

Gaming Tuesdays at The Mill are fantastic... an incredible success with the staff, the parents and the pupils

Referencing: Schools, Primary, Games Days, Family Workshops, Engagement

Gaming Tuesdays at The Mill are fantastic.

We were first in touch with Imagination Gaming through a joint gaming event with another school within the St Marys Academy Trust

Following on from our initial meeting with the Imagination Gaming team I arranged a meeting with Nigel Scarfe in school. This gave me a great insight into how the company worked with the children and how the work can be personally tailored to the needs of the school.

Following on from this we quickly moved onto an 8 week programme for one day a week for our KS2 classes. This has been an incredible success with the staff, the parents and the pupils. Our main foci for the sessions were problem solving, stamina and communication. Nigel has worked closely with the staff and adapted each week according to the needs of the children. The whole school has been enthused by this work and all the teachers have spoken very highly about the way that the children are motivated to problem solve and work as a team both within these sessions and in their maths lessons. The school has decided to buy our own set of games to continue to this marvellous work and has already enquired about a similar programme of gaming days for KS1.

Parents have engaged with this work, parent engagement was an area we were trying to improve across school and now both breakfast and afterschool clubs are very busy with pupils and parents which is an incredible outcome for us. What is beneficial for school is the level of communication that Nigel offers us via regular emails but also a  debrief at the end of every day to share the success and next steps for the following week.

Our children ask every week if Nigel is coming to school and the attitudes and behaviour in his session are very positive. We love our links with Imagination Gaming and hope it continues to develop.
Tamara Gulliver
Headteacher
The Mill Academy, Barnsley, St Marys Academy Trust.

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Gaming Tuesdays at The Mill

Gaming Tuesdays at The Mill are fantastic... an incredible success with the staff, the parents and the pupils
Referencing: Schools, Primary, Games Days, Family Workshops, Engagement Gaming Tuesdays at The Mill are fantastic. We were first in touch with Imagination Gaming through a joint gaming event with another school within the St Marys Academy Trust Following on from our initial meeting with the Imagination Gaming team I arranged a meeting with Nigel Scarfe in school. This gave me a great insight into how the company worked with the children and how the work can be personally tailored to the needs of the school. Following on from this we quickly moved onto an 8 week programme for one day a week for our KS2 classes. This has been an incredible success with the staff, the parents and the pupils. Our main foci for the sessions were problem solving, stamina and communication. Nigel has worked closely with the staff and adapted each week according to the needs of the children. The whole school has been enthused by this work and all the teachers have spoken very highly about the way that the children are motivated to problem solve and work as a team both within these sessions and in their maths lessons. The school has decided to buy our own set of games to continue to this marvellous work and has already enquired about a similar programme of gaming days for KS1. Parents have engaged with this work, parent engagement was an area we were trying to improve across school and now both breakfast and afterschool clubs are very busy with pupils and parents which is an incredible outcome for us. What is beneficial for school is the level of communication that Nigel offers us via regular emails but also a  debrief at the end of every day to share the success and next steps for the following week. Our children ask every week if Nigel is coming to school and the attitudes and behaviour in his session are very positive. We love our links with Imagination Gaming and hope it continues to develop.

Position: 

Headteacher

Organisation: 

The Mill Academy, Barnsley, St Marys Academy Trust.

Name: 

Tamara Gulliver

For four years from 2012, in

The level of both student and staff engagement with these games was tremendous
Leeds Schools and Intervention Referencing: Schools, Transactional Activities, Summer Schools, SEN, Primary, Secondary For four years from 2012, in my previous capacity as Assistant Principal (Support for Learning) at David Young Community Academy in Leeds, I employed Imagination Gaming to deliver a number of interventions designed to better engage young people in learning. Summer Schools 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Each year, Imagination Gaming delivered a range of different board games to students transferring from primary to secondary education. These games facilitated team building between students and with staff and, at the same time supported the development of communication, mathematics and problem solving skills. The level of both student and staff engagement with these games was tremendous, to the extent some would go back to game playing during the lunch breaks between activities. Alternative Provision for disengaged young people: Imagination Gaming became an integral part of an experimental alternative provision programme I ran with Yr8 and Yr9 students in 2014 -2015. This intervention, again, highlighted the value of Imagination Gaming’s approach in relationship building, team work and raising aspirations. One of the students came up with an idea for a new board game based on healthy eating – Nigel pursued this with games manufacturers internationally and provided an opportunity to develop the idea to fruition. Another student was provided with work experience at his Huddersfield shop as a confidence building exercise to break down the barriers of the student’s negative perceptions of his own abilities. Another student helped Nigel to set up and run a lunch-time school club. This became popular with students of all ages, from Yr7 through to 6th Form, engaging them in a mutually supportive positive activity. Care leavers: Confidence building, communication skills and team work were also the focus of Imagination Gaming interventions during exercises with young adults leaving care. Again the approach proved successful – helping pull together a disparate group of young people with very different personal issues into a coherent work group. International inclusion: The concept of using Imagination Gaming for inclusion was positively received at a pan-European event I attended with Nigel in 2015. He has now been been invited to present Imagination Gaming at an Inclusion Workshop in Latvia in April 2016. I have no hesitation in recommending Imagination Gaming to you.

Position: 

Harrogate

Organisation: 

AB Consultancy (Goldsborough) Ltd

Name: 

Alan Bolton

Sheffield City Council and

We have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible.. a reliable and high quality service...
Sheffield City Council and the Children's University Referencing: Children's University, Primary School, Secondary School, SEN, Tournaments, As an Assistant Service Manager for Enrichment and Learning role my involves managing the Children’s University team in Sheffield and supporting enrichment and youth work projects in the city. Sheffield Children’s University, part of Sheffield City Council, has worked with Imagination Gaming for several years as one of our accredited Learning Destinations. Some of the work they have done for Sheffield Children’s University includes: The development of an educational games box at 3 key stages, including an explanatory booklet and work towards an extensive inter-school games tournament, which was very well received by our participating primary schools. Games were carefully selected to promote numeracy, literacy and social skills. A Games Tournament tailored to the needs of a local special school Regular open access games workshops in local libraries and the Winter Gardens for children and families to enjoy together. A dedicated gaming day pulling together various different gaming retail outlets from across the city to showcase their specialisms and allow families to try new games out. Nigel and Chris have provided a reliable and high quality service to young people in the city using modern board and card games to both educate and entertain and we have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible in their approach to supporting young people from a range of different backgrounds and abilities.

Position: 

Assistant Service Manager, Enrichment and Learning

Organisation: 

Sheffield City Council

Name: 

Helen Nicholls

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