We have partnered with Dragons Teaching to offer a course which helps develop resilience and also explores Chinese culture and language. The course is £395, with early drop-off available from 8.30am for £15 / day. This includes a 45-minute Parent Class on Monday February 18th at 10.15am at Chelsea Academy and three follow-up videos to help embed the skills learnt on the course. Please see below for multi-buy discount, referral coupon and childcare voucher information.
This unique course is also being delivered at Cavendish School, NW1 7HB.
Why Celebrate China?
China will play a huge part in our children’s future. Starting young, when children are most receptive, will give them an advantage in learning Mandarin – the most widely spoken language in the world.
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.
Our programme includes four 4-5 day courses for children in Years 3-6 (ages 8-11) in the Easter holidays, Summer holidays, October half-term and Christmas holidays. These separate courses can be completed in any order, on their own or as a complete programme. The 5th ‘Mastery’ module is designed as our ‘graduation’ course for children who have completed all four courses. This course pulls together all of the strands from the previous four courses and gives children a set of tools and a process for understanding how they can find ways to use all of the life skills that they have been taught on a daily basis.
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.
Learning To Fly with Role Models: The Course Curriculum
Resilience – ‘Flying high through stormy weather’ – developing resilience and a growth mindset
Why is Resilience important?
Helping your child to develop their resilience is one of the most effective ways to help them thrive at school, home, work and in life in general. 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.
“The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when things aren’t going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.” Dr. Carol Dweck
Developing resilience, grit and a growth mindset can impact a child’s attitude but can also directly impact the way they learn in the classroom. Taking risks, dealing with setbacks, and pushing themselves to achieve more are all outcomes which can directly impact their education as well as their character.
Why link Resilience with learning about Chinese culture?
We have partnered with Dragons Teaching to offer a course which helps develop resilience and also explores Chinese culture and language. Learning to step outside of your comfort zone, try things for the first time and challenge yourself are all important ways of applying resilience; what better way to bring this learning to life than exploring a new language and culture to your own. Exposure to Chinese language and culture is an incredible, lifelong gift. Learning Chinese, even for a short period, cultivates empathy and enthusiasm for other cultures, and opens doors to a myriad of career and extra-curricular opportunities.
What does the course focus on and what activities will the children complete?
The course is designed to develop resilience in many different aspects as well as a growth mindset. The week includes fun activities during which the children will work together in teams or groups in order to overcome or solve different challenges. They will learn about the importance of making mistakes and learning from them, the power of YET, and why it is important to go outside of your comfort zone. The children will learn to speak and read basic Chinese, use chopsticks, try calligraphy and learn about Chinese New Year. The activities they take part in are visual, kinesthetic and often involve making or doing.
Power of Our Thoughts
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.
What type of child is the course designed for?
Our courses are not designed just for children who struggle with resilience, we believe everyone should be developing this important life skill. The week is a great opportunity for any child to gain a better understanding of what a growth mindset is and how powerful it can be. They will gain an insight into the power of their thoughts and begin to understand that they can choose how they wish to respond and react to the various challenges life inevitably throws at us. The collaboration and communication with others throughout the week can help boost general self-confidence and self-awareness. The course is a great way for children to explore being outside of their comfort zone and learning about something new within a fun environment. No prior experience of Chinese language is required. Specialist language staff from Dragons are also able to cater for and provide challenge for those who wish to build on their basic Chinese skills.
How do I explain this course to my child?
Please click here for our child friendly page, designed to explain everything about our Resilience Course to young people. We also suggest clicking here for the Dragons Teaching website and looking at their after school club pages, which highlight similar activities to what the children will be completing on the course.
Who delivers the course?
All courses are led by a combination of experienced Role Models staff who are passionate about character education and life skills, and specialist language teachers from Dragons Teaching.
The quality of our staff is paramount to the success of our courses so we recruit people who inspire children. All of our staff 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:
Resilience Course Role Model
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.
Dragons Teacher & After School Club Lead
Valentina began her career in psycholinguistics before moving to China to study at Beijing Language and Cultural University. She has spent the last 4 years teaching Mandarin and English to primary students in both Beijing and London.
Dragons Teacher & After School Club Coordinator
Brent has over eight years’ teaching experience in countries around the world and a degree in English Literature. He also studied Mandarin at Cheng Kong University, and Advanced Chinese at Manchester University. He started teaching for Dragons in 2016.
Head of Character Education & Resilience Course Lead
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.
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.
Click here for course photos in our Gallery.
In the video testimonial below, Gail talks about how much her son Henry enjoyed the Resilience Course at Chelsea Academy in April 2018.
The course runs from 10am – 4pm daily. The slightly later start ensures it doesn’t feel like a school day.
Early drop-off: There is the option of dropping your child off at 8.30am, at a cost of £15 per morning. We don’t offer activities for the children from 8.30am – 10am so we ask them to bring a book or game to keep themselves happy! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to request this service.
Role Model pick-up: If a 4pm pick-up is tricky, then our Creative Childcare service should be able to help. We can find an engaging Role Model to collect your child and either take them home or explore London for the afternoon. Our childcare sessions are a minimum of 3 hours. Our fees are explained here. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to request this service.
The course focuses on ages 7 – 11 (split into groups according to age and personality) as this is a crucial period of their development and before their 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.
The Life Skills content of this course is the same as our usual Resilience Course, although the different Chinese activities provide new and exciting ways to apply the skills learnt, as well as an opportunity to explore Chinese culture. If your child has already completed one of our Resilience Courses there will be repetition of the same themes. You may decide this repetition is of benefit to consolidate their learning and it may be that now they are older, they can be grouped with the upper end of the age range, providing a different group dynamic to the last time they did the course. Ultimately the courses are the same by nature of the content. If you wish to discuss this further please get in touch.
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 is held at 10.15am on the first day of the course. The Parent Class 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 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.
We are limited to only 40 children on each of the courses. The individual groups will be no larger than 10 children to ensure a high level of support.
Ages 7-11 will be split into groups for the week, according to age and personality. The whole group will come together for communal sessions such as the morning welcome, lunch and assemblies.
Yes. Children should bring a snack, a packed lunch and plenty of water to drink throughout the day. We encourage healthy lunches which should also be nut free.
The course is £395 which includes VAT. This includes a 45-minute Parent Class during the week and three follow-up videos to help embed the skills learnt on the course.
There is the option of dropping your child off at 8.30am, at a cost of £15 per morning per child. Please email Hannah Lewendon via firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are interested in this.
We currently provide four Life Skills Courses: Collaboration, Resilience, Leadership and Creativity. We also offer multi-buy discounts across these four courses.
Multi-Buy Discount Scheme
When you purchase more than one course place, you will receive a £50 discount on each subsequent course place, e.g.
- £50 discount if you purchase two course places in one transaction;
- £100 discount if you purchase three course places in one transaction;
- £150 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).
Childcare vouchers are accepted at Chelsea Academy School. If you would like to pay using childcare vouchers, please email Hannah Lewendon via email@example.com to let us know. In your email, please mention which course(s) you would like to book and for how many children. You will also need to provide us with your name, contact telephone number, billing address (for the invoice) and each participant’s full name and date of birth. Please do let us know which voucher provider you are with, so that we can give you the relevant carer account number.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.
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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.”