Mini Life Coaches

At Copley Junior School, the emotional health and well-being of each and every one of our children is a top priority.  Our PSHCE subject leader, Miss Wright, has developed and tailored our PSHCE curriculum, which complements our rich and vibrant personalised delivery of the Cornerstones curriculum.
 
Our PSHCE curriculum is delivered through class lessons, whole school and year group assemblies, project lessons and visiting outside agencies.
 
We realise the importance of the emotional health and well being of our children as well as their daily quest for knowledge and understanding across all of their academic subjects. With this in mind, we introduced our Copley 'Mini Life Coaches' who are trained every Summer term. The six week course covers:
 
  • 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.
It is our aim to empower our pupils with resilience, confidence and self-esteem. We are proud of each and every one of our pupils and as they move through school and beyond, we take great pleasure in developing them as individuals who are not only equipped with the tools and skills to develop themselves, but also become individuals who take pride in bringing out the best in others. 
 
Our Mini Life Coaches 2018-2019 
 
  
 
 
To be considered for the position of mini life coach, children were asked to apply in writing and then attended an interview. Here are some examples of their superb letters of application!
 
 

Letter of application from Afreen

Letter of application from Neve and Charlotte

 

Letter of application from Omar

 

Letter of application from Bridey

 

Letter of application from Jessica and Emily

What is a Mini Life Coach?

As part of their training, Mini Life Coaches were asked 'What is a Mini Life Coach?'

Here are some of their responses:

“A mini life coach is a guide and helper who helps you develop a growth mindset. We run sessions that people go to have fun or if they have a worry they can go and tell a mini life coach. If somebody wants us to keep what they say private we will, but if it is a safeguarding reason we will have to tell an adult. A mini life coach also helps you with your strengths and weaknesses but in your mind not your body. Mini life coaches help you develop a growth mindset, not a fixed one. They are always helping people out. Mini life coaches aim to empower their peers.”

Another pupil wrote, “A mini life coach encourages and pushes people out of their comfort zone so they can strive to be the best they can be.”

One of our Mini Life Coaches wrote, "I think a mini life coach is somebody who guides people towards the right path and helps them to make the right choices."

 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. During 2017-2018, 109 children chose to attend at least one set of five lunchtime sessions to support 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 2018-2019: Which one will you attend?

Outdoor Team Games

Outdoor Team Work Fun helps you to boost your team work skills and helps you to make new friends or strengthen existing friendships. We include lots of different types of games (mostly team games) which include capture the flag, dodge ball, escape and many more.

Mindfulness Colouring

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 Time!

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.

Helping Hands

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

During 2017-2018, 109 children chose to attend at least one set of five lunchtime sessions to support their emotional health and well being.

After completing their workshop sessions, children were surveyed about their views:

100% of children enjoyed their sessions

81% of children learned new skills

78% of children widened their network of friends

97% of children worked with children who are not in their usual friendship group within sessions

93% of children would recommend Mini Life Coaches to a friend

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!