What do we actually do during the week?
The Leadership 4 or 5 day course develops the way you feel about yourselves as a leader and how to use all the strengths within your personality, whilst also considering what your areas for development might be. Once you understand yourself better, you can then also understand how to lead and have a positive impact on those you’re working with. In order to get along with friends, family and others, and be seen as a leader, it’s important to understand other people’s feelings.
The Role Models Leadership week involves exploring the impact you have on others, thinking about the language you use and how to develop the trust of the people you are leading. There are lots of challenges and tasks which require you to lead others as part of a team. Examples include leading your team (who are wearing blindfolds) through an obstacle course, playing a version of ‘human chess’ and spending time exploring what your own ‘super power’ is.
The week will also include some group assemblies during which you will discuss different aspects of leadership such as famous examples of great leadership, as well as understanding what empathy is and why it’s important. There will also be time for some outdoor games and most of the activities are completed in small groups. An example timetable is below, the week may not be exactly the same but it will be similar.
What if I think my skills in this area are pretty strong?
You might feel that you’re already a good leader and you connect well with others. However the Leadership course helps you really understand the true impact you can have on those around you. Although you may be good at leading others in sport or games, there may be certain situations when you feel you struggle to assert your ideas. Strengthening your ability to read other people’s feelings and understand how they feel can have a very positive impact on your relationships.
Will this be like going to school?
It won’t be like school and it won’t be like a normal holiday sports camp but it will be fun – we can promise you that. You won’t be wearing school uniform and you won’t be doing much writing, but the course will be at a senior school. You will be split into groups of no more than 10 students with an adult per group. It will be a chance to develop those really important skills that you don’t always have the chance to focus on at school because exams get in the way.
Which adults will be running the week?
The adults will vary on each course but they will all be young, fun and experts in developing character skills such as teamwork or resilience. The adults are often teachers and actors who have experience of leading workshops with students groups.
Have other children enjoyed the course?
We always send a survey to parents after the course and they tell us whether their children have enjoyed the course. 93% of parents say their children have enjoyed the course. You can also have a read of the comments below and watch the youtube video which has some interviews with children who have attended a course before.
“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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How many other children will be on the course?
This varies a lot depending on the time of year but there can be anything from 10-40 children on each course.