How to boss a speech or interview like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
The 10 week programme is for Years 3-4 pupils from Hornsby House Prep School. The programme takes place from 3.45 – 4.45pm on Monday afternoons starting on Monday September 10th and finishing on Monday November 26th (excluding October 22nd and October 29th due to half-term).
This club is all about developing the confidence and self-belief to present yourself and your ideas effectively. Children explore practical ideas around body language, breathing, use of eye contact and other verbal and non-verbal cues when communicating with others. Mindset and self-belief are also developed through learning about resilience and the power of a growth mindset. Children are given the opportunity to practise delivering speeches as well as interview skills; the sessions include games to help develop general confidence, debating activities and different ways to become comfortable with speaking in front of an audience.
This club develops important life skills through creative application; what we like to call ‘serious fun’. Each club is delivered by our top Role Models who will ensure the sessions are upbeat and enjoyable, to create the best atmosphere for learning.
The sessions will be delivered in isolation, which means if your child is unavailable for a session or two, they can re-join the group the following week without a problem.
Each programme will be delivered by one of our trained Role Models to a maximum of 12 children and each child will receive a report at the end of the programme.
The programme aligns with our highly acclaimed 4-5 day Life Skills Courses and includes a range of challenging team building activities, but does not repeat the same activities as the 4-5 day courses. The video below is from our 5 day Summer 2015 Life Skills Course. It provides an insight into the focus of the course, the activities and the views of the children attending.
Why choose Role Models?
1. Our insight. Having met with a number of Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers and Admissions Teams at various independent secondary schools (including Eton & Wellington), we understand what they are looking for in new students. We will be focusing on soft skills as much as technical skills and what a ‘future leader’ looks like. It will be an action packed and exciting learning environment, which will cover many of the skills not always nurtured in the London education system.
2. The quality of our people. All our Role Models undergo a rigorous application procedure and we are totally focused on recruiting people who are talented, engaging & fun. There will be an extensive array of subject matter to suit every child but research has shown that the characteristics of the person delivering the course is paramount to its success, which is why our recruitment process is so important.
3. 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.”
What is the after-school programme based on?
Our overall course programme is based around The Partnership for 21st Century Learning. This framework has been developed over many years with input from teachers, education experts and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge that children need to thrive in the 21st century. We’d encourage all parents to click here to take a closer look at their work.
All of our courses and after-school programmes focus on the importance of developing what are defined as ‘life and career skills’ and ‘learning and innovation skills’. Our ‘Learning to Fly’ courses are broadly designed to help children develop the 4Cs – creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Alongside this, we also concentrate on giving children strategies and tools to help them persevere and develop what’s called a Growth Mindset.
What do we mean by Resilience and Growth Mindset?
Growth mindset is, quite simply, a more productive thought process we can learn to use before tackling a problem or dealing with something particularly difficult. This doesn’t need to be as stark as ‘you can do it!’; more the reassurance that were you to fail, this does not have any reflection on whether you will then succeed later or indeed your strength of character. Put even simpler: ‘maybe I can’t do it now, but I can certainly learn to!’. We want to encourage resilience and growth mindset in all pupils as they take on life’s challenges.
John Cridland, Head of the Confederation of British Industries, stated at the annual Festival of Education that, “from the perspective of employers, the school system needs to teach skills beyond academic lessons, such as character and resilience”. Click here for the full article.
We all want children to become independent individuals who find genuine fulfilment in whatever they do in their lives. As a result, characteristics like ‘confidence’ and ‘resilience’ are desirable and they have become educational buzzwords. But how can we really develop these characteristics in young people? This programme will help children to present themselves effectively and react positively to problems and pressure, including turning difficult experiences into catalysts for improved future performance. It will teach children to value collaboration and imagination, to be unafraid of complex challenges and tackling difficult situations and to develop a positive and robust approach to failure and setbacks.
Break down of the hour long sessions
|5 minutes||Objectives of the lesson and warm up|
|5 minutes||Hook activity or recap and application of previous session|
|10 minutes||Theory of session and inspirational examples (e.g. Martin Luther King speech or Mark Pachter on interviewing)|
|5 minutes||Challenge Activity|
|5 minutes||Feedback and brainstorm|
|20 minutes||Main activity|
|5 minutes||Feedback and brainstorm|
Conclusions, overview of objectives and introduction of next topic.
What are the timings?
The programme runs from 3.45 – 4.45pm each Monday afternoon from September 10th – November 26th.
How many spaces are available?
We limit the programme to 12 children in Years 3-4 to ensure each child receives a high level of focus.
How much does it cost?
The programme is £150 for the Michaelmas term.
How do I book?
- For bookings, please click on the “Book Now” button to add the programme to your cart.
- On proceeding to checkout, you will be asked to provide some details including credit/debit card information, prior to placing your order.
- Once the order has been placed and the booking has been confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation email.
- A member of the team will be in touch prior to the start of the programme with our more detailed, Pre-Course Form.
- Please ensure that you complete this Pre-Course Form in a timely manner, as we require these details to tailor the programme to each child and ensure that specific needs are met – no later than 2 weeks before the programme start date.
For any questions, please contact Hugo Shephard – (Hugo@rolemodels.me / 020 3637 7107).
What is your refund policy?
If a customer wishes to cancel an after-school programme 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.
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Sir Anthony Seldon
(Headmaster of Wellington College, contemporary historian, commentator & political author):
“Role Models shares Wellington’s pioneering attitude towards child development through holistic education. By giving children the opportunity to partake in music, sport, drama and arts & crafts, parents are better preparing their children for life’s challenges.”