Nicola Wood Year 3 teacher at Platt Bridge Community School
One of the boys in my class has worked on a one to one basis with Mat developing skills of all kinds - listening, behaviour, attitude and the list goes on. As much as this little boy has still got to work to do the change in attitude has been great. I use this little boy to model my expectations of behaviour and attitude in the classroom and outside. Additionally, Mat worked with my class for a morning and taught me some strategies to help with some behavioral issues, I have since used these strategies and the classroom is working noticeably differently. Mat has a great relationship with staff and children and can see the importance of the skills he teaches the children need to be transferred into the classroom. This is a great experience for all!.
ST Marks Primary School
The School of Military were based at St Marks Primary School, Wigan once a week over a period of 12 weeks working alongside our Year 3 class who had numerous difficulties in school ranging from English as an additional language, Special educational needs and behaviour. Through consistency and routine, TSOM were able to plan and implement fun, challenging and team building skills for the children. Our cohort really benefited from structured, disciplined sessions with a positive male role model who treated the children with respect and thus earned their respect in return. Some of the activities the children really enjoyed were den building, the assault courses, the egg drop and healthy eating sessions, all of which promoted the benefits of working as a team and respecting authority. TSOM also
supported a growth mindset in which he would encourage and celebrate mistakes increasing the resilience of our children.
The children and staff were really grateful for the skill set and support TSOM provided for the class and for the relationships that he worked hard to build over the 12-week period. The children now are a lot more resilient when it comes to making mistakes and work more harmoniously as a team. They recognise when others try hard and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Since the School of Military, the children's behaviour has seen a huge improvement and we cannot thank them and their staff enough!
Miss K. Lawrence (Year 5 Teacher)
My class have just finished a 12-week block of sessions with the School of Military. My class have really enjoyed the sessions, particularly shelter building and fire lighting. I found all the
instructors very professional and able to engage with the children well and at an appropriate level.
TSOM have developed an excellent relationship with all members of my class and were able to direct the children safely and calmly, whilst they carried out some particularly challenging tasks with potential Health and Safety implications. My class have always responded positively to all tutors and looked forward to upcoming sessions. I would not hesitate to work with the School of Military again in the future and have given extremely positive feedback to my head teacher regarding the sessions my class took part in. On behalf of my class, I would like to thank all the tutors who worked so hard with us to instil a sense of perseverance, something my class lacks at times. On a personal note, thank you all for your hard work. I really enjoyed the sessions and hope to work with you again in the future.