Thursday, 13 November 2014

One Goal for personal development

We advise all our students to gain as much relevant work experience as they can during the course of their studies.

For the past few months Jess White has been working for One Goal - a company specialising in providing high level sports coaches across Manchester.

Her role includes helping to develop children's physical literacy, fundamental movements and sport specific skills, encouraging teamwork & team-building and improving self-esteem and self-confidence.

Jess takes KS1 & KS2 classes, covering core movement and motor skills, which are important during a variety of activities she teaches including dance, gymnastics, invasion games, cricket and athletics.

By creating adaptable and flexible sessions, Jess assists teachers to help them develop their own knowledge and experience which will enhance their skills in teaching these activities.

Jess said: "My role is predominantly practical-based, however I also manage and facilitate a programme called 6 habits which can be classroom or practical.

"The programme encourages children to develop and display positivity towards school and home life. Each habit forms a fundamental skill in building a positive character and once embedded becomes a skill for life.

"At the end of each term I conduct an individual child assessment which focuses on how they're developing. This includes specific skill development, e.g. how they've improved and performed in gymnastic or more generic fundamental skills.

Jess can be responsible for around 30 children at a time, and admits the role is demanding but also rewarding. "Seeing a child develop not only physically, but also within themselves from a confidence and self-awareness perspective is the reason I love my job so much," she said.

"I feel such a sense of achievement working with children, especially one-to-one, when I can see that with encouragement and support the difference it makes to their self-worth, confidence and teamwork skills. It's great to see them take pride in their achievements and ability, but also to see them want others to do well."

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