Training begins for students wanting to help coach others

Training has begun for students keen to offer a helping hand with numeracy and literacy to those younger than them.

Around 30 Year 10s from Pool Academy have been selected to work with 30 Year 7s to help with learning and this week they had their first training session.

Franklin Scholars representatives arrived at the school this week for five hours to give specialised training. The first session was focused on topics such as empathy, communication and social and emotional skills and habits.

A box of resources was also delivered for the students to use. This included a number of the fictional book Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, some question cards, work books, notebooks and some social and emotional activity sheets.

A student taking part in the training, said: "I learnt more than I expected. The most important thing I've learnt is about how you can read people's emotions without saying 'are you OK.' I'm looking forward to helping a Year 7 to improve in the future."

Rachel Facey, SENDCo at Pool Academy, said: “It was a really positive start to the training.

“The first session went really well. We now have to finalise which students will be working with numeracy and which will be working with literacy.”

Next week’s training session will include practical learning.

Franklin Scholars will work with Pool Academy and the selected students over the academic year with resources, handbooks, activities and visits.

There will be a celebratory ceremony at the end of the year organised for all the students involved in the programme.

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Christiana Richardson