Role Models are delighted to be running a series of Brilliant Me and My Mind Courses in Tiajin at Wellington College, for 6-7 year olds.
Course price: RMB 4,625 (Early Bird course price: RMB 4,395, booking deadline Feb 7, 2020)
The course price includes a link to a 45-minute Parent Class via a webinar.
Our ‘Brilliant Me!’ range of courses for children aged 6-7 are designed to help your child feel empowered, confident and the best version of themselves. All of these courses help build early resilience and future leadership skills.
Brilliant Me & My Mind
Brilliant Me & My Mind is specifically designed to help your child:
- Move away from perfectionism
- Learn to take risks and try new experiences
- Let go of fearing mistakes and failure
- Believe in their own capabilities
- Learn to think positively when faced with a challenge
- Move from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’t YET’
Children’s reactions and responses to situations they face often stem from what they’re thinking. Knowing how your mind can work for you rather than against you is a powerful approach to learning and life in general. Perfectionism can set in from a very young age and often stems from a fear of mistakes and judgement of others. Our 5 day course uses the power of story to help children explore how to see things differently and how to THINK differently. What a revelation to find out that we are supposed to find new things hard and the mistakes we make actually help us learn! Each day two stories are shared with the children based around the power of our mindset and then activities are completed to help them link the learning within the story to their everyday lives. Daily mindfulness activities are included to help the children learn to manage their emotions, as well as a daily ‘mission’ which is a simple task set to challenge them to embed their learning. Brilliant Billy the bunny accompanies the children throughout the week and is used as a distancing tool; talking about certain situations Billy might think negatively in can sometimes be an easier step than talking directly about our own experiences.
The stories shared in The Brilliant Me & My Mind course are based around the following themes:
- Going outside of our comfort zone
- Thinking helpful thoughts when faced with a challenge
- Learning to embrace mistakes
- Thinking and talking kindly to ourselves
- Having the confidence to try new things
- Seeing hard things as exciting challenges rather than problems
One example of the stories shared during the week is the wonderful ‘The Koala Who Could’ by Rachel Bright. This story is all about Kevin, a koala who likes to keep things the same. Exactly the same. But when change comes along uninvited one day, Kevin discovers life can be new and wonderful. The story is shared and discussed as a group, followed by an activity to explore the things we think we can’t do and shy away from. The children make their own tree just like the one Kevin clung onto and cover this with their own collection of leaves. They decorate these leaves with examples of things they have been reluctant to try or do because they think they can’t. These thoughts are challenged just like Kevin’s belief that it was too risky to let go of his tree and we consider what there is to gain from trying new things.
What can my child expect the course to be like?
Fun and fast paced! There will be a mixture of games, stories, and activities all delivered by Role Models who are experienced with working with this age range of children. There will be breaks built into the structure of the day including a 30 minute play during the lunch break.
A big part of our Role Models courses is about building confidence, thinking skills and independence. We would like to request that parents and carers leave their children with us for the hours of the course each day rather than staying at the school. As I’m sure you can appreciate, this allows for a much different experience and the children are encouraged to really grow their independence.
Our courses are always based on three things…
Our courses deliver three things…
they empower the children
The knowledge, understanding and insight gained from our courses should allow the children to think differently and make them feel that what they think and say really matters.
they embed sustained behaviour change
Our courses give children the tools to use the skills and strategies in their every day lives to form new habits of behaviour.
they give children a framework for future success
Through the content, language and skills that we teach, our children are given ways of working that they can fall back on and use time and time again.
What type of child is the course designed for?
This course is not designed just for children who are perfectionists, we believe everyone should be given the gift of realising they have a choice over how and what they think. Even if your child seems generally positive, the stories and concepts shared throughout the week equip them with the awareness and skills to fall back on whenever they find themselves up against any type of challenge. Working within a group using the skills of collaborating and communicating is also a great way to boost general self-confidence and self-awareness. The course is also an opportunity for children to explore being outside of their comfort zone within a fun environment.
How do I explain this course to my child?
You can tell your child that the week is all about helping them be the best version of themselves. They will learn how their mind and their thinking can help them rather than work against them. They will be reading lots of fun (and sometimes silly!) stories, as well as doing creative activities.
Who delivers the course?
All courses are led by a qualified teacher passionate about character education and supported by our top creative Role Models.
The quality of our Role Models is paramount to the success of our courses so we recruit people who inspire children. All of our Role Models undergo a rigorous application procedure and we are totally focused on recruiting people who are talented, engaging & fun. With academics, professional sportsmen and women, actors and musicians, we have a variety of personalities to suit every child and our Role Models are young enough for children to connect with. We look for people who celebrate unique thinking and resilience; whilst ensuring that a holiday course should, above all things, be a lot of serious fun.
Here are some examples of our course staff:
In addition to delivering our Life Skills Courses, Max has taught extensively at both Abingdon School and The School of St Helen & St Katherine in Oxfordshire. He has also led workshops at a number of primary and secondary schools, including Sittingbourne Community College, Bath Community College and Meadowside Primary. Whilst in London, he has also taught after-school drama for 4-8 year-olds with Perform. Click here for Max’s full profile.
Jen is currently a comedian, writer, actress and tutor. She started her teaching career in 2009. Jen spent three years teaching at a school in Oxfordshire before moving back to London. In 2012 she started a new drama department with a talented colleague at Hill House International School in Chelsea. She also taught dance to hundreds of children who performed on Duke Of York Square every year at the school’s annual Field Day. A Drama and Literacy specialist, Jen has offered her services in various capacities from private work to large state school projects. She more recently worked as an SEN teacher helping children who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, developing methods to help with working memory and building confidence. Read Jen’s full profile here!
What do others say about the courses?
Our track record
We are proud of the difference we’ve made to thousands of children since we started. The results of our previous course surveys reflect that:
- 90% of all of our parents would be interested in a future life skills course.
- 95% of parents said that their child enjoyed or really enjoyed themselves.
- 91% of students said that they would be likely or extremely likely to recommend a course to a friend.
- 85% of students strongly believe that you can get better at anything you put your mind to.
“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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- Brilliant Me & My Mission
Each day the children are set a specific task or mission to help embed the learning back at home. This is designed for them to share their learning with you and bring it into their everyday lives.
- Written Report
Parents receive a written report from the Role Model facilitators at the end of the week, highlighting their children’s strengths and areas of improvement. They also have the opportunity for a one-to-one discussion with the Role Models at pick-up time at the end of the week. The Lead Role Model will also send a daily summary email to parents informing you of the stories shared and the activities completed, with photos available too. This is a great tool to help prompt conversations at home with your child about their day.
- Parent Class Webinar
It’s really important for you as parents to know what we’ve done so that you can support your child’s learning at home. We always invite parents and carers to attend a 45-minute ‘Parent Class’ webinar. This will be held at 12.15pm on the first day of the course. The Parent Class webinar includes an overview of what your child has covered, ongoing strategies for how this learning can be supported at home and information on of our key frameworks, Growth Mindset, and how it can support your child’s development.
Parents receive email communication after the course which includes ideas and strategies for supporting their child at home within confidence, managing emotions and mindset. We will also send you a list of the books that have been shared during the course, some of which you may decide to purchase. Re-reading these stories with your child is a great way to consolidate their learning and revisit key themes.
Groups will be no larger than 12 children per Role Model, to ensure a high level of support, however we may have more than one group of children per course. We also aim to have volunteers on every course to increase the support.
Groups for the week will be split according to age and personality. The whole group will come together for communal sessions such as the morning welcome, lunch and assemblies.
All of these courses recognise a new educational framework built around the importance of developing confidence and resilience in our children. As importantly, they also recognise and teach what has now become known as the 4 Cs of innovative education. Our children need to learn how to communicate, collaborate, critically think and creatively problem solve and almost every employer globally is telling us that these are the skills they want to see developed amongst this generation of young people.
I congratulate the Role Models team for putting these courses together and for giving young people globally the opportunity to start developing these important skills. I’m sure your children will benefit hugely from being a part of this important drive towards skilling as well as schooling the next generation.”