During the academic year 2017/18 the Harlequins Foundation delivered part of its flagship mental resilience programme, METTLE, to a group of 15 young people at Buckingham Primary School in Richmond. A year on and the foundation coaches are back to deliver the programme to a new group of Year 5 students but returning to the school has provided the perfect opportunity to check in on the progress of the students from last year.
Last year’s programme had such a positive impact the decision was made to extend delivery beyond the normal ten weeks to a total of fifteen. The Foundation coach who delivered the programme, Adrian Silvester, met some of the previous students this week who were still full of enthusiasm and he was delighted to see how much of it they still remembered a year on.
The students could recall key areas of the programme such as the importance of having a growth mindset and not giving up. The teachers also outlined the positive impact it had had on the student’s confidence, communication skills, ability to make friends and their academic attainment.
One young person said: “At the beginning of the year I didn’t know what to do, but METTLE taught be how to stand up for myself and helped me to make lots of new friends.”
Foundation Coach (Adrian Silvester) said: “Coming back to Buckingham Primary School has been an absolute pleasure. METTLE is a really important programme and one that we are immensely proud of. To hear how well the previous students are doing now is great and its clear that it’s made an impact”.