Role Models is offering this incredible two week Boarding Course at Tonbridge School in the picturesque Kent countryside in July 2020. The total cost of the course, including all excursions, accommodation and food is £2500.
This includes a 45-minute Parent Class held the week prior to the course with our Head of Character Education. There is also extensive follow up content included to help embed the skills and learning developed on the course, with a series of videos, language to use at home, ongoing strategies and an in depth report from your child’s teacher about their strengths and areas for improvement and how best to help them. Please see below for multi-buy discount and our amazing referral programme.
Why what we do is
We want to inspire a generation of children to become the very best they can be through their relationships, their well-being and their own sense of purpose.
We will do this by teaching at least a million children how to communicate well, collaborate effectively, think critically, solve problems creatively and lead brilliantly so that they can shape their future and those around them.
Why we focus on Life Skills
Life skills are not just useful for character development, they are also linked to:
- Greater wellbeing as adults
- Reduced mental illness
- Better school results
- Preparing students for the life of work
What differentiates us
- Experienced, trained and fun UK staff
- Helping children worldwide
- All our courses include a webinar for parents
- All our courses include follow up material for parents and children to help embed our content
- Many aspects of our courses, including public speaking and collaboration, help develop children’s English language
- We run our courses in top-tier English boarding schools
- Formal graduation ceremony
- Report cards and certificate at the end of the course
The main outcomes of this Boarding Course
Development of Life Skills, to be used socially, in school and in preparation for future working life.
Development of a ‘Growth Mindset’, supporting creative problem solving and helping to show students the link between achievement and effort. This in turn helps obtain better and more solid academic results.
Understanding that effective team-work means the strength of a team is greater than the sum of its parts.
Enjoyment from making new friends, experiencing different cultures in beautiful surroundings and pushing themselves beyond their ‘comfort zone’ with exciting activities and challenges.
The video below is from one of 2017 Summer Boarding Course. It provides an insight into the focus of the course, the activities and the views of the children attending.
All of our courses follow a well-established education framework developed over many years with input from teachers, education experts and business leaders. This framework defines the skills and knowledge that children need to thrive in the 21st century. The world is changing very quickly and preparing children for their life to come is critical. They are under pressure from an incredible array of things today. Your children need tools to help them develop the right levels of confidence and resilience to build a future for themselves. Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creative problem solving and the ability to lead are not handed to them at birth. These are skills that your children need to develop throughout their lives if they are to fulfil their potential. The earlier they start to develop these skills and understand how important they are, the more chance they have to lead an extraordinary life full of passion and purpose. Our courses help children do that.
Our education framework corresponds to the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. We’d encourage all parents to click here to take a closer look at their work.
Life and Career Skills
Learning and Innovation Skills - 4Cs
Critical thinking - Communication - Collaboration -
Information, Media, and Technology Skills
Key Subjects - 3Rs and 21st Century Themes
Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde. It is one of the leading boys’ boarding schools in the UK and is highly respected, both here and internationally, for providing a world class education.
Tonbridge shares Role Models’ view that pupils need to be encouraged to be creative and intellectually curious; to approach new opportunities with confidence; and to learn to think for themselves while being mindful of the needs and views of others.
Facilities: The Tonbridge School Centre offers some of the best facilities in the UK for indoor sports, such as climbing wall, swimming pool and an athletics track. For outdoor sports, the school has over 150 acres of superbly-maintained playing fields for rugby, football, hockey cricket, astro-turf pitches and courts for tennis, rackets, squash, Fives and hockey.
The quality of the facilities is so good that Tonbridge is used as an Olympic training venue
Accommodation: One triple room, twin rooms and single rooms plus dining room, living room, TV room and games room.
What does a Role Models Boarding Course look like?
The morning sessions deliver all 4 of our Life Skills Courses: Resilience, Collaboration, Leadership and Creative Problem Solving, which are designed to develop the core competencies that this generation of children will need to succeed in life. Notably, these skills are also required by the most selective British schools as part of the entrance examinations and scholarship processes.
We want all students to become independent learners who have the confidence to work alone as well as thrive in a team environment.
None of the challenges are easy; they are designed to test the students in unique ways.
One example of activity is: There is a bucket full of ‘toxic waste’ which cannot be touched. The students must work out a way to pick the bucket up and empty the contents into another bucket, without touching either bucket with their hands. They are given ropes to use- the solution requires strong teamwork, resilience and collaboration!
The students will use the skills learnt in the morning during the afternoon’s activity session! Often our afternoons include exciting outdoor activities that provide a stimulating change from students’ typical daily routines. We also offer excursions to famous British sites over the two weeks, including a trip to London.
We fill the evenings with a variety of classic ‘boarding school’ activities and games, from movie nights to a talent show, rounders to an end of course presentation ceremony. Dinner is eaten together in the dining hall of Tonbridge and there will be some allotted free time, where children will be able to contact home and fill you in on their adventure so far!
What can my child expect the course to be like?
Fast-paced, high energy and challenging. Your child will be active and moving around for most of the week. None of the tasks are easy; in fact, we don’t mind if the children struggle with many of the exercises at the first attempt. It’s through this process that resilience and strength of character can be built in a fun, pressure-free environment.
You will receive a daily email from the teachers leading the course; summarising how the day has gone with photos of students participating in the activities and giving parents an insight into lessons learnt that day.
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.
Your child will be cared for by our dedicated support teams, on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of our Role Models possess an enhanced DBS (police check), have provided us with at least two full references, have been interviewed and assessed by our team and have undergone a rigorous training process to ensure they are the right “fit” for Role Models and are capable of delivering our content to a high standard as well as making it a brilliant experience for your children.
As a teacher Brigid has taught in primary and special needs education throughout London boroughs, as well as having spent a year in Qatar as head of Performing Arts in an international primary school there. Whilst in training to be a teacher Brigid enjoyed volunteering her skills on missionary educational projects and travelled to India, China, Uganda, Kenya and even New York City in this capacity. Brigid is a keen ambassador for life skills development and always ensures a growth mindset is at the heart of her approach to teaching and learning. She has worked with young people throughout the world with wide ranging resources, cultural influences and abilities and has witnessed first hand the transformative power that life skills can have on the life of a young person! Read Brigid’s full profile here!
Ed is currently a science specialist private tutor and volunteer who is working on a project called ‘Motivation of the Invisible’ which looks to humanise those sleeping rough across the UK and highlight the ever-growing problem through interviews and social media. A qualified teacher, Ed completed the Teach First graduate programme in North London, teaching for three years as well as being Head of Chemistry in a large secondary school. Whilst teaching, he completed a Masters part-time in Leadership from University College London which has given him a greater understanding of how to lead but crucially, the knowledge of leadership as a concept to pass onto others around him. Click here to read Ed’s full profile.
Ally is currently in her fourth year of university studying an MEd in Primary Education. Her course means she engages in both studying and practical school experience. Ally loves seeing the children grow in confidence and have a ‘YES! I’ve got it!’ moment. She believes routines ensures a safe and secure environment where children can flourish in confidence and strong, positive relationships can grow. Ally has a passion for working with children which extends out of the classroom and into her other interests. She has taught swimming for 7 years and is exceptionally competent however, more than that, she absolutely loves instilling her passion in others. Read Ally’s full profile here!
What do others say about our courses?
We are proud of the difference we’ve made to thousands of children since we started. The results of our previous Confidence & Resilience 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.
In the video testimonial below, Gail, a mother, talks about how much value life skills have in her opinion and how she believes Role Models courses have benefited her children.
Frequently asked questions
1. For bookings, please click on the “Book Now” button to add the course to your cart.
- You have the option to apply a coupon code to your cart at this stage.
- All multi-buy discounts will be automatically applied at this stage.
2. On proceeding to checkout, you will be asked to provide some details including credit/debit card information, prior to placing your order.
3. Once the order has been placed and the booking has been confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation email. You will also receive a referral coupon email.
4. A member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the course with our Pre-Course Form and further Pre-Course Information, such as directions, what to bring, what to wear and details on the Parent Class.
- Please ensure that you complete this Pre-Course Form in a timely manner, as we require these details to tailor the course to each child and ensure that specific needs are met – no later than 2 weeks before the course start date.
The course is £2500 which includes VAT. This includes a 45-minute Parent Class webinar before the course starts and three follow-up videos to help embed the skills learnt on the course.
Multi-Buy Discount Scheme
When you purchase more than one course place, you will receive a £200 discount on each subsequent course place, e.g.
- £200 discount if you purchase two course places in one transaction;
- £400 discount if you purchase three course places in one transaction;
- £600 discount if you purchase four course places in one transaction; and so on.
To take advantage of this discount scheme, all course places must be purchased at the same time (in one transaction) and all courses must be of the same type, e.g. non-residential courses for UK students.
We also offer a £50 referral coupon. This works by providing you with a coupon code after a course is purchased that is valid for 14 days. If another parent uses your coupon code they receive a £50 discount and you receive an automatic £50 refund on your card. This coupon code can be used by an unlimited number of parents and you will receive a £50 refund each time it is used (up to the amount of the original order).
Groups will be no larger than 15 children per Role Model, to ensure a high level of support. We also aim to have volunteers on every course to increase the support.
Groups for the course 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.
During the course there is time set aside for the children to reflect on their learning and progress and they are encouraged to set themselves targets with support and feedback from the Role Models staff.
2. 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.
3. Parent Class
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’. This will be in the week leading up to the course and in the form of a webinar for international parents to be able to join. The Parent Class includes an overview of what your child will cover, ongoing strategies for how this learning can be supported at home and information on our key frameworks and how they 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 collaboration, creative problem solving, resilience and leadership. They will receive three follow-up videos which are designed to embed key themes from the course. These videos will be fortnightly and presented by our Head of Character Education who designed the content of each course.
Your child will be in a safe and secure residential environment 24 hours a day. Boys and girls have separate accommodation on site with secure storage for valuables. Students are required to give pocket money, medication and important documents to the Lead Role Model for safekeeping. Pocket money and medication will be carefully managed and distributed by staff members throughout your child’s stay.
We understand that children will want to contact you to let you know how they are getting on and tell you how much they are learning, and that you may need to contact your children throughout the two weeks. Children will have access to their phones at specific times throughout the day to make calls and message home. Phones will not be allowed during life skills and other learning sessions, however they will be permitted during any excursions. We do not allow use of any other electronic devices during the two weeks.
We can organise airport transfers from London Heathrow or London Gatwick to Tonbridge School as long as you arrive in the United Kingdom before the morning of the 15th July 2020.
For any questions, please contact Hugo Shephard on [email protected] or +44 (0)20 3637 7107
We have children attend our courses who may have mild additional needs and SEND. As our courses are challenging by nature and the content is ambitious, it’s important to us that your child is able to access the learning and that the environment and level of support is appropriate for them. If your child requires additional support with their learning, behaviour or physical needs, we would suggest the course may not be right for them. We encourage parents to give us a call and discuss their child’s needs in detail with us, in order to make an informed decision.
If a customer wishes to cancel a course prior to its commencement, the customer needs to provide us with at least 28 days’ notice. If at least 28 days’ notice is provided to Role Models then the customer shall receive a credit towards one of Role Models’ future courses based on availability and equivalent cost. If less than 28 days’ notice is provided to Role Models then neither a reimbursement or credit note can be provided.
Please click here for access to our full T&Cs.
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.”