What do we actually do during the week?
The Creative Problem Solving 4 or 5 day course develops your ability to think creatively in order to find different ways to approach a task. Learning how to think creatively can help you solve problems and challenges, and this includes everyday problems. Developing your critical thinking and creativity can help you feel more independent and confident, give you tools and strategies, and help you generally develop a different way of looking at things.
The Role Models Creative Problem Solving week involves learning about how to generate ideas, how to problem solve and how to believe in our own ideas. There are lots of creative tasks which require you to think and use your imagination. One example is developing your own Dragon’s Den product as part of a group and presenting your innovative idea to an audience. Another includes coming up with alternative uses for an everyday object under time pressure.
The week will also include some group assemblies during which you will discuss different aspects of creativity such as why and when we need it, who do we know who shows it and what can we do if we we’re not very creative? There will also be time for some outdoor games and most of the activities are completed in small groups. An example timetable is below, the week may not be exactly the same but it will be similar.
What if I think my skills in this area are pretty strong?
You might feel that you’re already quite creative and you have a good imagination. However the Creative Problem Solving Course teaches you much more than that. For example you might find it really useful to learn about new ways of generating ideas, or how to use your creative ideas to solve everyday problems. Perhaps you feel confident in your creative thinking in some parts of your life but need to develop your independence with this in other areas.
Will this be like going to school?
It won’t be like school and it won’t be like a normal holiday sports camp but it will be fun – we can promise you that. You won’t be wearing school uniform and you won’t be doing much writing, but the course will be at a senior school. You will be split into groups of no more than 10 students with an adult per group. It will be a chance to develop those really important skills that you don’t always have the chance to focus on at school because exams get in the way.
Which adults will be running the week?
The adults will vary on each course but they will all be young, fun and experts in developing character skills such as teamwork or resilience. The adults are often teachers and actors who have experience of leading workshops with students groups.
Have other children enjoyed the course?
We always send a survey to parents after the course and they tell us whether their children have enjoyed the course. 93% of parents say their children have enjoyed the course. You can also have a read of the comments below and watch the YouTube video which has some interviews with children who have attended a course before.
“The positive feedback he received really boosted his confidence and on holiday he was not phased by asking staff for something whereas previously he would ask us to do it.”
“She has been a lot more tolerant & better at problem solving in a mature manner especially with her younger sister.”
“She seems more confident about attending senior school interviews and has said that the course really helped her to prepare.”
“She said she wished school was like this. She absolutely loved it. Thank you.”
“I love the detailed feedback for him and what you were able to get from him.”
“He came back home everyday in a very upbeat mood and very talkative about the day activities. His mood and behaviour during the school holiday was best we seen in a long time, listening more, showing maturity when asked to do chores, demonstrating empathy with his brother’s problems.”
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How many other children will be on the course?
This varies a lot depending on the time of year but there can be anything from 10-40 children on each course.