Our residential course for international students is £2,500 for both weeks. This price includes everything except flights; all activities, excursions, accommodation and meals for the duration of the course.
To book, please click the “Book Now” button to add the course to cart and complete our quick registration form. No payment will be taken at this stage. A member of our team will then be in touch with booking confirmation and payment details.
This multinational residential course combines all 4 of our leading Life Skills Courses in Collaboration, Resilience, Leadership and Creative Problem Solving to offer a unique summer experience for children aged 11-14 years. The course will bring together children from China, the UK, the US, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, India, Hong Kong and the rest of the world, in order to provide opportunities for all sides to learn and grow from the exposure to different cultures. Each day will be a mixture of morning activities focused on developing life skills in the classroom and fun afternoon activities developing the same skills but using Wellington’s picturesque grounds.
What does the course focus on?
The course is designed to develop what we call the 4Cs. They help your children communicate more effectively and collaborate with others. They will also train your children to become brilliant creative problem solvers and how to think critically. Each week includes fun activities during which the children will work together in teams or groups in order to overcome or solve different challenges.
Throughout the course and activity sessions, all students will be encouraged to mix and socialise together, helping to develop their language and life skills through building relationships.
How will the multinational element of the course benefit my child?
In addition to the benefits of the course itself described above, working together in groups and teams with students from different schools, backgrounds and cultures will offer a range of other benefits.
Your children will be able to experience different cultures and share daily life with students of other nationalities in the safety of a British boarding school, with English-speaking teachers and staff around. This will make the environment comfortable for them whilst at the same time, affording them a real cultural experience.
We offer special discounts (see the bottom of the page) for two or more children who want to go together, this is not to encourage them to stay within their safe zone and not interact with others. Interaction will be promoted throughout the day in all the various activities but the comfort of having a friend or two to share the experience will make it easier and less daunting for the child.
Which educational framework do we follow?
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. They are muscles they need to develop throughout their life 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
The framework we use recognises the importance of developing life and career skills. It focuses on learning and innovation skills alongside the key subjects and academic skills. Our ‘Learning to Fly’ courses are designed to help children develop the 4Cs – creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. We also teach and develop other essential character attributes such as leadership, resilience and growth mindset. We believe that talking and thinking should be given as much weight as reading and writing in any child’s development and our courses are designed to support that belief.
Learning To Fly with Role Models: The Course Curriculum
Residential Life Skills Course – ‘Flying high’ – developing real skills for the 21st century
Why are Life Skills important?
We all know that people who communicate well, contribute brilliantly to teams and can bounce back from disappointment lead rich and fulfilling lives. Employers are crying out for these skills today.
Learning to work together with others towards a shared goal is essential for success – at school, at work and at home. We believe that confidence, communication and collaboration are the key to working effectively with others. Similarly, the ability to think creatively and develop ideas also serves us greatly in life. Whether it’s for use at school, university, as an entrepreneur or in the work place, the capacity to think creatively and to have confidence in our ideas is hugely important. Critical thinking is also essential in order to find solutions to problems, evaluate options effectively, assess risks and think strategically.
Helping your child to develop their resilience is one of the most effective ways to help them thrive in life. By developing a growth mindset, they can learn to push themselves outside of their comfort zone, embrace new experiences and persist within areas that might not be their strengths. Understanding that intelligence and ability are not determined in each person and understanding that mistakes can help us learn can have a huge impact on the way we approach life.
Leadership is about being able to support, encourage and motivate others to achieve a shared goal. It’s also about having a positive impact on others, in any context. One of the most important qualities in order to do this is a high level of empathy and emotional intelligence. This level of emotional awareness is an essential skill for building any type of relationship or interaction, whether with family, friends, peers, or work colleagues.
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.
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.
Example Course Timetable
*subject to change
What type of child is the course designed for?
Our courses are not designed just for children who struggle with collaboration, resilience, leadership or creative problem solving. We believe everyone should be developing these important life skills on an ongoing basis. Your child may already be a ‘team player’ but maybe needs to develop their communication skills or their sensitivity towards the needs of others. Developing the skills of collaborating and communicating is a great way to boost general self-confidence and self-awareness. The course is also a great way for children to explore being outside of their comfort zone within a fun environment.
What will my child get up to during the day?
The children will complete tasks from the Life Skills Course during the morning and after lunch, they will take part in fun games and activities (on and off site), which are largely based outdoors. Examples of such activities include raft building, archery, Go-Ape, survival skills, croquet and English sports day games, e.g. 3 legged race, sack race, egg & spoon race, etc.
We will also be doing a full day’s excursion each week to either Oxford, Cambridge, London or Brighton.
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.
Louise is our Head of Character Education and uses her experience as a qualified primary school teacher and coach to create the content for our programme of Life Skills Courses. She has taught in the independent sector for 12 years and has recently completed 5 years as Senior Deputy Head Teacher at a London Prep School. As a coach, Louise works 1:1 with children to help them move forward with specific goals, explore limiting beliefs and develop their direction and confidence. Click here for Louise’s full profile.
Adam has taught consistently in a variety of environments over the past 7 years, from Stage schools to Secondary schools. He teaches technical ability in performing arts alongside confidence in the arts workshops, with children of all ages up to 18. He is currently Head of Musical Theatre at PQA Crawley, helping children develop performance skills and he teaches during term time at Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich, enhancing individuals’ confidence. Click here for Adam’s full profile.
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 Confidence & Resilience course surveys reflect that:
- 100% of survey respondents said they were interested in future courses and would recommend them to other parents.
- 93% of survey respondents scored the course full marks for their child’s enjoyment.
- 79% of survey respondents felt their child’s confidence or resilience had improved when asked 3 weeks after the course.
- 90% of all of our parents would be highly likely to recommend our courses to a friend
“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.”
Click here for additional testimonials.
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Drop-off is approximately 11am on Monday July 15th and pick-up is approximately 11am on Sunday July 28th. The exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time.
Typically, breakfast is at 7.30am each day. After eating breakfast, the children will take part in the Life Skills Course between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Lunch will take place over 12.30pm – 1.30pm. The children will then participate in fun afternoon games and activities, before dinner at around 6pm. Following dinner, there will be fun evening activities until around 8.30pm, before going to bed.
The course focuses on ages 11-14 years as this is a crucial period of their development, as they step up to secondary school.
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.
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.
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 presented by our Head of Character Education who designed the content of each course.
We are limited to only 20 children outside the UK and China.
Children will be typically be sleeping in same-sex rooms of 2-5 beds.
We really understand the importance of communication between parents and children, whilst also wanting to ensure that children engage with the learning and are not on their phones and other electronic devices the whole week.
As such, we keep electronic devices in a safe place during the day and return them to the children for 1 hour in the evening when they’re allowed to use their devices to contact parents. Our experience has found this to be the right balance.
Yes. Before the course begins, you will receive a pre-course form which will give you the opportunity to provide us with more details on your child’s allergies, intolerances and any special dietary requirements. Wellington College caters for all dietary requirements.
The course is for both weeks (including VAT). This price includes everything except flights; all activities, excursions, accommodation and meals for the duration of 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. residential courses for international students.
We also offer a £200 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 £200 discount and you receive a £200 refund. This coupon code can be used by an unlimited number of parents and you will receive a £200 refund each time it is used (up to the amount of the original order).
In order to book, there are two steps to take:
- Email your local partner using the contact details provided below.
- Please follow this bullet point process to register your booking through our system:
- Please click on the button to add the course to your cart.
- On proceeding to checkout, you will be asked to provide some details including contact and attendee information, prior to placing your order.
- No payment will be taken at this stage.
- Once the order has been placed and the booking has been confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation email.
- One of our global partners (see list below) will then be in touch with payment details. You pay them directly.
- You will also receive a referral coupon email.
- 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, etc.
- 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.
If a customer wishes to cancel a residential course prior to its commencement, the customer needs to provide us with at least 28 days’ notice. If at least 28 days’ notice (prior to the course start date) is provided to Role Models then the customer shall receive 50% of their money back, because staffing and venue costs have been committed by this point. 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.”