This year we embarked on one of our most important Coaching Programmes yet – our Girls Confidence Workshop called ‘Making Rainbows.’ A name chosen to reflect our desire to influence girls to live fabulous, colourful lives! For full details click here.
The aim of this workshops is to teach young girls how to build confidence so that they have the tools to enable them to achieve anything they wish!
We developed this workshop with the shocking evidence by the Department for Education that girls start to fall behind at Key Stage 2 Skills through lack of self confidence and becoming ‘invisible.’
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Day 1 of our ‘Making Rainbows’ coaching was in a lovely Primary school in Crook. The children, bright faced and eager were first taught about the gender stereotyping and how that can have an impact on the way we behave. They learnt the stereotypes of the job roles of woman, typically in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and how actually woman have subverted these stereotypes for a long time.
We identified a list of inspiring woman and from that we introduced the Art project. In groups the children would choose an inspirational woman from the North East and invite their friends and family along to an exhibition.
To build confidence we showed them this amazing video by Ted Ed:
After watching this video the Primary School girls could visually understand how to be more confident.
By the end of Day 1 of our Confidence Workshop the girls in Year 6 had developed a Growth Mind Set, learnt the Value of going out of their comfort zones and to Subvert Gender Stereotypes.
Day 2 we had a fabulous guest speaker named Amanda Coulson, European champion boxer and one of the first ever female boxers. She was lovely with the year 6 girls and inspired them to do anything that they wish.
The pupils also made a ‘Tree of Life’ to take home to show their parents. The words written on the leaves describe what they want to achieve and the roots show the strengths that will help them to get there.