£10,000 grant awarded for live coaching skills for Richmond School pupils

Project leader Tom Braham.

A grant of £10,000 from a National Lottery Covid-19 fund will support valuable life coaching skills to students and their families adversely impacted by Covid-19.

The award to Richmond School and Sixth Form College for their Coaching for Change initiative will fund the development of a positive behaviour coaching programme.

It will be delivered in partnership with a life coach Karen Cruise, from Flourishing Minds.

The funding will be targeted at students from Years 8 and 9, who have had a particularly difficult time with remote learning, or have been living in challenging situations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the leadership of Tom Braham, acting assistant headteacher, the coaching will deliver tools and techniques for children and their parents and carers, to help them be their absolute best socially, emotionally and educationally.

Kath Lawson, director of inclusive support for YES@Areté Learning Trust, who submitted the bid for Richmond School, said: “We are delighted to receive the funds from the National Lottery Covid-19 fund which will allow us to work with students and families who have been impacted by the global pandemic.

“”This is our second successful bid for lottery funding and the Activities for All project, which we used the first grant for, is now embedded as an inclusive provision for both primary and secondary students in the Richmondshire locality.”

The school is working with Flourishing Minds, an award-winning social enterprise, which has worked with a number of schools.

The sessions will be delivered remotely with the flexibility of integrating face-to-face delivery once this can be conducted within socially distanced rules.

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “This is an excellent initiative that will support the school’s mission of being the best we can be.

“Our aim is always to provide an environment in which all students can thrive and excel and this project will be an important part of this work.”