Mini Life Coaches
- Embedding our learner values into our daily lives - in and out of school.
- Listening skills and being present.
- How to cope with worries, frustrations, sadness, anxiety and techniques to support relaxation.
- Encouraging and coaching others.
- Providing a calm and safe environment for our children.
- Building confidence, team work and self-esteem in others.
- How to run a 'coaching service' and plan, prepare and deliver public presentations.
Letter of application from Finlay and Olivia
Mini Life Coach Workshops for Children
Since September our Year 6 'Mini Life Coaches' have been very successfully running their own coaching programmes. We are very proud of how professionally our 'Mini Life Coaches' lead this initiative in school. So far, 74 children have already chosen to attend one of the lunchtime sessions that we hope will impact positively on their emotional health and well being.
OFSTED thought that our provision for personal development was 'outstanding' and we believe that with the children supporting each other in a peer to peer situation, with clear adult guidance, we are equipping our children with the personal development tools that will last a lifetime! Further details about each of the workshops is shared below.
Mini Life Coach Workshop Sessions - Which one will you attend?
Mindful Colouring asks us to focus on how we choose and apply colour in a design to bring our awareness to the present moment - it allows you to peacefully reconnect with your emotions. Do you want to come along and create calming pieces of art? Join our sessions to take part and have a relaxing time with friends.
Click on the images below to see photographs of our mindfulness colouring workshops.
Adventure of Trust
Whether you are a proud decision maker or a quieter person looking for a chance to develop your teamwork skills, ‘Adventure of Trust’ is sure to be the session for you. We will use fun team activities and games which are designed to develop trust with the other children in the group.
Click on the images below to see photographs of our 'adventure of trust' workshops.
Relaxation and Yoga
Join us for our dedicated relaxation and yoga sessions on a Monday lunch time. The soothing music, calming mantras and peaceful yoga poses will relax your mind, body and soul. Our sessions will use a mixture of techniques to ensure that everyone leaves with a feeling of tranquillity and a higher level of emotional wellbeing.
Zumba is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy whilst having lots of fun in the process. We will ensure an energetic and fun session – so much so that you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing in between meetings! Join us on a Tuesday dinner time if you are ready to Zumba your lunchtime away.
Do you want to gain the skills needed to build strong relationships with your friends? ‘Helping Hands’ is the Mini Life Coaches session for you. We will work together as a team to learn how to build positive friendships and how to cope with a range of emotions, including dealing with conflict resolution. Our session will use lots of fun games to help us to bond as a group over our time together.
Mini Life Coach Sessions - Analysis of Impact
After completing their workshop sessions, children were surveyed about their views:
100% of children enjoyed their sessions
68% of children learned new skills
62% of children widened their network of friends
76% of children worked with children who are not in their usual friendship group within sessions
86% of children would recommend Mini Life Coaches to a friend
In the spring term, our Mini Life Coaches deliver sessions tailored to the needs of children. During the summer term, the Mini Life Coaches will once again run lots of outdoor activities and drop-in sessions.
Sharing Outstanding Practice with other Schools
We have been pleased to welcome teachers from across Doncaster to a training session to showcase the work of our Mini Life Coaches. The school’s work to support children’s emotional health and well-being and the peer-to-peer support offered by our ‘Mini Life Coaches’ was recognised by Ofsted as innovative practice and so we were asked to share how we have developed this at Copley Junior. As part of the training, some of the ‘Mini Life Coaches’ joined the group to demonstrate some of their work. As usual, our visitors were very impressed by our articulate, enthusiastic and skilled children!
Please read below our Child-Friendly Emotional Health and Well-Being Policy, written by the Mini Life Coaches.
Are You Interested in Joining the Mini Life Coach Team?
Thinking about applying for the role of Mini Life Coach next year? Have a look at the application form below so that you can be well prepared!