Great Minds services are...
The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) programme is a phenomenal cognitive skills programme. It is delivered in over 40 countries and there is a range of evidence to support its effectiveness. The programme has been shown to be particularly successful for remediating learning difficulties, as well as extending normative and gifted learners.
Based within your child's school...
For many children a normal school day is a mental and emotional stretch as it is. Great Minds sessions are held during school time at your child’s school (a familiar environment) and arranged with their teacher around class timetables to avoid clashes. This also enables regular communication and liaison with teachers and the school Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
Delivered in small groups or one-to-one...
Working in small groups (2-4 learners) can be beneficial for students as they can learn from each other. This has the added advantage of reducing costs. In some situations (for example where a child experiences greater difficulties) more intensive, one-on-one sessions may be more beneficial.
Best held regularly...
So that momentum is created and progress is seen sooner rather than later, especially for those children with higher needs. Research has shown exposure to the FIE programme at least three to five times a week for around 45-60 minutes (depending on age) offers the greatest gains in the shortest time frame. For many children, sessions held on a once or twice a week basis have also shown to be successful, albeit on a slightly slower trajectory (based on my own experience and that of my colleagues in Australia and America).
Devoted to the development of ‘growth mindsets’...
This is the belief that our intelligence and talents are not fixed, but can be developed and grown through perseverance, practice and good strategies. Thanks to the research of Dr Carol Dweck (Stanford University) we know that people who hold a growth mindset are resilient, flexible thinkers who genuinely view failure as an important part of learning and improving, who usually achieve more across all areas of their lives and who tend to be happier, less stressed and worried.
Cultivating and nurturing a growth mindset is at the heart of all Great Minds sessions. With this mindset in place, children want to be challenged because they understand that their brain can literally grow and expand as a result!
Holistic in approach...
I truly believe that a personally tailored and sensitively delivered FIE programme is the central key to unlocking any child’s potential. However, I have studied and trained in other evidence-backed programmes and methods that partner well with and support the FIE approach. Great Minds is focussed on providing both a tailored and holistic service to families. I'm deeply curious about education and learning and I take an active interest in emerging evidence and new approaches. I'm committed to continuing my professional development on an ongoing basis to ensure my services remain up to date with international research and best practice. This includes:
maths and reading methods
neurobiology and brain 'health' to optimise learning and development.
Designed to be fun!
A key purpose of sessions is to nurture a love of learning, especially for those children who have developed an anxiety about school and their own abilities. Educational and strategic thinking games are played, jokes are made and both success and failure are celebrated!