The Aspire project
This project was developed to raise the aspirations of our pupils but it doesn’t tell the whole story about our collaborative approach to improving children’s lives. Over the past six years we have developed valued partnerships both within, and outside education; these show that collaboration is at the heart of everything we do; some of our partnerships are listed below:
· research with Goldsmiths, linking neuroscience and behaviour to develop a school without sanctions;
· research with Edge Hill University into the impact of coaching on staff emotional resilience and confidence;
· free training on non-confrontational behaviour modification (to date we have trained several thousand people including teachers, teaching assistants and police officers);
· work with Ambition School Leadership to develop school leaders nationwide;
· development of a free online course on non-confrontational behaviour modification; the first runin June had 6000 participants from over 150 countries worldwide;
· support for prisons nationwide as they develop a culture of rehabilitation to reduce re-offending rates.
The online non-confrontational behaviour modification course that Mick and I developed had its first run in June and there were around 6000 people signed up from over 150 countries. We shared mental health training as part of our INSET in September free of charge with other schools and HMP Berwyn staff. HMP Berwyn have reciprocated by offering Kilgarth staff places on their accredited mental health first aid course running in November. Mick and I presented to the national rehabilitative culture working party for HMPPS at HMP Drake Hall last week and we have now been asked to continue working with prisons nationwide on rehabilitation, well-being, happiness and leadership for staff in challenging environments. This will involve us becoming ‘linkage owners’ so that prison governors, and members of the working parties for the MOJ will be able to draw on our support.
The project has been reported in SEC Ed: http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/case-study-the-school-that-abolished-punishment/
Name of person submitting information: Steven Baker
School website: www.kilgarthschool.co.uk
Age range: 11-14/14-16
Number on role: under 100