Engaging Potentially Very Difficult Young People

My role is to provide a link between the care staff and the education team who organizes and arranges all extracurricular activities for the residents to take part in.

The environment the young people reside is to provide a safe, caring yet controlled environment in which young people are enabled to address personal difficulties and so move on to make positive contributions to their family and communities.

Our core objective is to enable and encourage emotional, behavioral and attitudinal change. We aim to achieve this by working closely with carers and professionals in providing a range of individual educational and life experiences that equip the young person to fulfil their own potential, their community’s moral aspirations and society’s legal expectations.

The promotion of positive relationships is at the heart of what we do and everyone is given an equal opportunity to express their views, opinions and emotions through open and respectful communication.

Once again the ‘simple’ provision of a few board games has provided a full day’s activity for all participants.  I work with a group of potentially very difficult young people who find it very hard to engage in many activities. However when Chris or Nigel arrive with their own brand of enthusiasm and skills we see full participation and not just for short periods. It is a real pleasure to see the Xbox generation interact with each other in such a sustained, positive manner over a good old fashioned learning environment.

Thank you again for your ongoing provision.


Ian Fowler


Learning Co-ordinater


Aldine House Secure Children's Centre

S.E.N. 8 - 16 years

Imagination Gaming has been delivering an annual board games day for all pupils and parents in our school for children with Speech, Language and Communication needs for four years now, and we all look forward to it every year.

Nigel, Chris and Jacqui all show a great passion for board games in education, as well as an understanding of the needs of our S.E.N. pupils. They have a great rapport with the pupils and always keep them engaged and inspired. The games that they leave with us are well chosen and allow us to continue their work throughout the year. Seeing children engage in problem solving, developing social skills, and having fun working and playing together, is invaluable, and we all, staff and parents as well as children, gain a lot from our time with Imagination Gaming.

I would recommend them to any school or organisation working with young people, but they are especially skilled at working with those outside the mainstream.


Sian Lang




Grove House School


Imagination Gaming have been providing sessions at the SEND school I work at for some time now, they provide a wide range of games (of which I have never seen before and some have since even purchased myself) to suit all ages, abilities and emotional ranges.

Not only do the pupils throughly enjoy them but the staff do also. It gives our pupils a much needed chance to have fun and relax while not only having a educational experience but also learning important social skills like turn taking, patience, active listening and realizing that it's not always about winning, it is definitely the taking part that counts!

Nigel, who is our games guru, is extremely calm around the students, which in turn helps them to be calm when some are quite anxious at first to try new things, he is fantastic at explaining the games while we play and understands the needs of our students very well.

I have in the past and will continue to recommended Imagination Gaming to any provision or school.


Victoria Whitaker




High Well School

Specialist school provision for children aged 8 to 19

We are a specialist school provision for children aged 8 to 19 who have special educational needs relating to speech, language and communication. We have been involved with Imagination Gaming since we opened nearly three years ago. Nigel came to us in July 2016 and Chris in July 2017, to deliver a whole day of board games, and we are looking forward to welcoming Nigel back again this year.

The board games days have been a great success. Nigel and Chris liaised with us in advance to make sure that they had a good understanding of the needs of our students, and because of this were very well prepared and brought a great package of games for our school.

They worked tirelessly throughout the day, including attending our lunch time board games club, and working with parents after school to allow them to experience the benefits of playing game with their children. They are very enthusiastic, engaging and sensitive with our students, who are very varied in age and ability, and our staff very much appreciated their suggestions for other ways that we can use games with our students.

They also left us with a package of board games to keep at school, which has been an invaluable resource. Board games are a fun way of reinforcing academic learning, and also learning and practising communication and social skills, which is such an important part of what we do in our school.

We are very much looking forward to this year's board games day, and thanks again for all your help so far.



Sian Lang


Learning Support Assistant Key Stage 2


Grove House SEN School, Essex