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Go Fish Education – The Independent Education Service for Families

The business ethic behind Go Fish Education is to provide help, support and advice beyond the school gate.

As parents, we all want the best for our children but when things are not going right it is difficult to know which way to turn and where to go for impartial advice.  It may be that you are worried that your child is not progressing as well as you think they should or you might be concerned that there is an underlying issue which is proving difficult to identify.  You may feel like you are in a quagmire when it comes to choosing the right secondary school for your child or which path to take at 16.  Sometimes, it is good to be able to discuss any worries or concerns with someone who is impartial and objective.

At Go Fish Education, I offer free, impartial support, advice and guidance about all things relating to schools, education and learning.  If I am unable to fully answer your queries then I can signpost you to the relevant agency or support group that may be able to help.

If you have any worries or concerns that you would like to discuss, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.  I will do all I can to help.

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Virtual Coaching and Mentoring

I am so very proud to announce the launch of a new educational provision at Go Fish Education.

Virtual Coaching and Mentoring is a system of support and guidance for children which ultimately aims to give them the skills and strategies they need to make positive changes in their lives. Children are coached to identify what skills and attitudes they need to develop to be successful at school, in their relationships and in their hobbies and sports. Through 1:1 mentoring, children are able to see that they are responsible for their actions and work towards developing strategies and building confidence to make positive changes in the way they behave and the decisions they make.

As both a parent and educator I understand the difficulties that exist between parent and child when trying to unravel why a child might be struggling or lack motivation or are constantly testing the boundaries. The relationship between parent and child is one of love, trust and nurturing which sometimes can be a barrier for a child to honestly explore their feelings, emotions and dreams. This is the beauty of Virtual Coaching and Mentoring; the relationship is an objective and rational one without any underlying dynamics or expectations. Within this context, the child feels free to talk honestly and openly and is more able to consider and accept guidance and advice.

Is Virtual Coaching and Mentoring Right for my Child?

Virtual Coaching and Mentoring is not a therapeutic intervention but a guidance and support service which focusses on the development of emotional intelligence. If your child finds any of the following difficult either at home or school, they may well benefit from coaching and mentoring:

Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
Difficulties making and maintaining friendships
Poor self-motivation
Disengagement from academic studies and lack of ambition
Reluctance to try new things
Fear of failure
Unable to face challenges and difficult tasks
Difficulty managing their emotions and behaviour
A general sense of apathy
Poor organisation and time management skills
Stress and anxiety
The Themes and Principles that Virtual Coaching and Mentoring will Explore

Children and parents often identify a number of the above issues which are having an impact on performance and outcomes. Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, principle areas of focus would include:

Facing new challenges
Learning to fail
Reflecting, reframing and goal setting
Changing Mindsets
Understanding how we learn
The value of hard work and effort
Building resilience and grit
Effective listening and communication
Developing friendship skills
Building self-esteem and confidence
Stress Management

What Virtual Coaching and Mentoring aims to achieve

By exploring the above principles, identifying strengths and weakness and goal setting for a change, children develop skills and strategies to achieve the following both at home and school:

Become a more confident and assertive learner and friend
Approach their studies, relationships and pursuits with motivation and ambition
Enjoy challenges and relish the opportunity to try new things
A greater understanding of their emotions and behaviour so that they are able to manage themselves more effectively

Where and When Virtual Coaching and Mentoring Takes Place

Once you have decided that you would like to give your child the opportunity to improve and succeed through Virtual Coaching and Mentoring, you will need to complete a registration form. This form will identify your preferred coaching package, how the Virtual Coaching and Mentoring will take place either via FaceTime/Skype/Telephone/Email or a combination and your ideal day and time. It will enable you to highlight any key concerns that would benefit from a change.

The first session usually is an opportunity for the child to gain an understanding of the process and consider where they think they need to make a change and goal set for the future. The child should have the opportunity to privacy during the session and be in a place where they feel relaxed and comfortable. The sessions are always positive and nurturing with high expectations and the priority is for children to recognise their strengths before focussing on their weaknesses. A number of methods are used which may include writing/drawing ideas, video input and discussion.

As a Coach and Mentor, I work from my home in Bournemouth. The optimum length of a session is 20 minutes to take account of the child’s developing communication skills. The frequency and length of Coaching and Mentoring is up to the parent although advice will be offered if it felt that more or fewer sessions are required.

In our new world of online interacting, Virtual Coaching and Mentoring is a game changer for children and young people. It helps them work towards their goals whether that is mastering a new skill, developing their emotional and social skills or boosting their confidence, Virtual Coaching and Mentoring helps children stay on track, stay focussed and engaged all within the safety and security of their own home.

Virtual Coaching and Mentoring is the next education frontier. Our goal as educators is to help children and young people learn, grow, learn and succeed. Virtual Coaching and Mentoring can be the catalyst for this.

Be one step ahead.

 

If you would like more information or chat about this new provision, please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling Kerry on 07715 394920 or email Hello@gofisheducation.com.

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Mindset and Maths – how to help your child

We all want to help our children with their school and homework. Sometimes the things we do and say in response to a ‘tricky’ question or homework can have a detrimental effect on how a child views a subject and their performance.

Here are a few simple dos and don’ts to use when helping your child with maths:

Don’t

  • Approach the task saying, “I didn’t get maths at school — you’re just like me!” This will assert the notion that success is maths is about natural ability and not attitude and determination. We need to challenge the idea that we are either good at something or not.
  • Say, “It’s far too hard, you’ll never get it.” Again this will suggest that you can either do it or not do it and therefore if they can’t do it now they will never be able to do it.
  • Find the easy way just to get an answer – children need to be challenged to encourage a love of learning.
  • Tell your child they are smart or a genius if they get it right. This will limit their abilities.

Do

  • Tell your child that it is perfectly OK to find things hard. If we find things hard it means that we are learning. If things were always easy we would never make any progress and would plateau at the same level.
  • Explain that you learn through effort and attitude but this can take a great deal of resilience and determination.
  • Encourage and praise your child using recognition of how hard they are trying and how much effort they are putting in. Praise effort rather than ability.
  • Teach them that it is OK to get an answer wrong. If we don’t try because we are afraid of getting it wrong we will never improve. When we fail we learn.
  • Talk to your child about the children who are doing well in Maths at school. Encourage them to ask how they do it — be inspired by those who are succeeding.

The best way to help you child with their Maths homework is to put your feelings and experiences about Maths to one side. This is about encouraging your child to change their mindset about the subject and to embrace the notion that their effort and attitude will determine everything.

Tell them:

  • Intelligence in Maths can be developed, it is not static
  • To succeed they need to embrace challenges and not avoid them
  • That they need to persist in the face of setbacks and not give up
  • To see effort as the path to mastery and not that effort is a waste of time
  • That we learn from feedback and that it is about the subject and not personal criticism
  • To find inspiration in the success of others rather than be threatened

As a result, your child will reach ever-higher levels of achievement and success.

A change in mindset can have a profound effect on outcome. I look forward to hearing your successes and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more.

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How to survive SATs Season – a guide for Parents and Carers

There are families and children up and down the country getting into a real pickle about the up and coming Primary SATs tests.  I am currently taking at least 3 calls per day from anxious parents and carers worried about how their children are going to perform in these assessments and what they should do to help.  All of these families are saying that they are worried that they are not doing enough to help their children and want to know what more they can do to.  There are lots of things that you can do to help your child but none of it should cause stress or anxiety for either them or you!

Children will most probably be spending the majority of their time in school on uninspiring SATs questions focussing on content, question type and exam techniques.  They may also be expected to attend booster sessions and complete further papers at home as a means of making sure they reach their target grade.  This is more than enough in my mind.

SATs tests have no real importance in the real world for your child or their future.

Therefore, in order to minimise any stress relating to these assessments I would recommend the following:

  • Praise hard work and effort  When you see your child trying their hardest, particularly in subjects they find tough, praise their determination and effort above any grades or scores they achieve.  This will help them develop a mindset that encourages them believe that they can get smarter.
  • Encourage a love of learning and exploration If these assessments have unleashed a desire to study and revise then you may want to invest in a quality tutor to satisfy your child’s ambition.  This is also the opportunity to develop a regular study regime in preparation for the transition to secondary school.  It is also   an excellent opportunity to introduce a wider range of subjects for your child to explore as any additional learning will expand vocabulary and critical thinking.
  • Cherish and promote play time Whilst schools and teachers will be encouraging your child to become an independent learner in preparation for the SATs they are still a kid.  Let them be kids, have fun and play.

And above all:

  • Limit SATs talk Unless there is an absolute need to mention SATs then don’t.  Keep the whole thing as low-key and stress free as you can.

Whilst many within the educational profession oppose SATs our children still have to sit them.  As parents and carers, it is our job to protect our children from the unnecessary pressure and stress and avoid the politically motivated furore surrounding them.

Of course, encourage your child to try hard and do well but more importantly let them have fun and play.  Their mental health, happiness and well-being is far more important that any SATs result.

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Safeguarding for Grassroots

Following the recent revelations in professional football, a number of grassroots youth clubs and associations have come to me asking for help and advice about safeguarding at their organisation.

From Dance Schools to Rugby clubs, Archery to Cheerleading, safeguarding the children in your care should be your first priority.  Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe

Are you confident that your policies and procedures are up to date and fully comprehensive.  Would you benefit from an experienced and objective evaluation of your current practice?  Advice, help and support available includes:

  • Writing a safeguarding policy
  • Safeguarding training for Team Members and Associate Staff
  • Safeguarding awareness advice for families and young people

Get in touch today to see how I can help.

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What a great start to 2017! 

So much to report and we’re only seven days in!

  • A variety of tutoring and booster sessions started again this week, with over twenty children demonstrating 100% effort and commitment to their learning 
  • A silver medal was awarded in a Maths booster session for demonstrating hard work, effort and resilience 
  • Plenty of planning and preparation underway for the Growth Mindset Conference for adults on 14th January 2017
  • The third group of children started Growth Mindset Workshops on Wednesday, leaving with Reflective Journals to note their failures of the week
  • Excited to return to a local Academy next week to work with students on an individual and group basis
  • Application for funding for Mindset 365 Project submitted
  • Excited to receive news that my blog is a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017
  • Looking forward to welcoming new children starting at Go Fish Education next week

Exciting times all round! If any of the above interests you, please do get in touch!

Happy Friday one and all! 

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you!

As Christmas Day approaches, I have been reflecting on the success of Go Fish Education since its launch on 1st November 2016.

Go Fish Education has already had a huge impact on young learners, professionals and companies in the following ways:

  • Over thirty children are attending Growth Mindset Workshops, Private Grammar School Tutoring sessions and Maths and English Booster classes
  • A number of Successful Six Growth Mindset Workshops have been hosted at a local Academy with secondary students
  • I am using Growth Mindset principles to support and coach professionals to ensure they realise and reach their potential
  • The first Growth Mindset Conference will take place at The Hilton Hotel Bournemouth on Saturday 14th January 2017
  • I have developed a Growth Mindset for Business programme to support staff wellbeing and improve performance
  • Kenny has been welcomed on board and will be providing private tutoring in psychology and facilitating Growth Mindset Workshops
  • I will be providing a Growth Mindset Cascade and Embed CPD programme for two secondary schools in Somerset and Hampshire.  This will include training for staff to become Mindset facilitators and students to become Mindset Ambassadors as well as delivering whole school CPD

What to watch out for in 2017…

  • The launch of the Mindset 365 Project for businesses and schools
  • A number of nationwide conferences to include:  Using Growth Mindset to improve performance in GCSEs for Parents/Carers and students, Growth Mindset and Parenting: how to unleash your child’s potential, Growth Mindset, Sport and Performance.
  • The launch of tailored safeguarding training for grassroots sports and leisure groups

In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone for their unrivalled support for Go Fish Education.  You have been the catapult behind its success so far.  Thank you!

Merry Christmas to you all and here’s to a fabulous 2017!

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Think Tank Solutions for Business

Is your business always one-step ahead? Is there a risk that success and progress is reaching a plateau point? Is there sometimes a sense that risks and opportunities are overlooked because of fear of failure?

I offer bespoke Growth Mindset development programmes which will challenge and change the mindsets that are preventing growth and success. These group sessions can either take place in-house or at a venue away from the buzz of the workplace to encourage self-reflection and purposeful action planning.

As part of the Business: Mindset and Leadership Workshop, the following concepts will be explored and challenged:

Enron and The Talent Mindset
Organisations that Grow
A Study of Mindset and Management Divisions
Leadership and the Fixed Mindset
Fixed-Mindset Leaders in Action
Growth-Mindset Leaders in Action
A Study of Group Processes
Groupthink versus We Think
The Praised Generation Hits the Workforce
Are Negotiators born or made?
Corporate Training: Are Managers Born or Made?
Are Leaders Born or made?
Changing Mindsets: The Nature of Change, Mindset Lectures and Maintaining Change
Through a simple needs analysis, I can provide a bespoke Mindset Workshop which will create and promote a culture of self-examination, open communication and team work based on the concepts of the renowned Dr Carol Dweck. Without a belief in human development, many corporate training programs become exercises of limited value. With a belief in development, such programs give meaning to the term “human resources” and become a means of tapping enormous potential. Let this be you.

Please call Kerry now on 07715 394920 to discuss the needs of your organistion or email Hello@gofisheducation.com.

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