Marazion-based project supports children who are not reaching their full potential
A Marazion- based community project received funding from a national charity which enabled them to mentor pupils from a local secondary school.
GB Boardriders Community Interest Company (CIC) has been working with Mount’s Bay Academy to provide a six-week forest and beach school to help students that are not meeting their full potential.
The Shifting Horizons project, a one year early intervention mentoring project designed to complement mainstream education, was supported by Ecotherapy Works campaign ran by mental health charity Mind.
Ecotherapy Works campaign is designed to show commissioners that outdoor education is a valid intervention both socially and economically.
Mod Le Froy, founding member of GB Boardriders CIC, said the Shifting Horizsons project, which is aimed at students who have problems with their confidence and self-esteem, was a huge success with the children.
“The programme is for students who are not meeting their full potential, we provide reengagement intervention. We keep our groups really small. It’s really child-centered,” said Mrs Le Froy.
The course involves groups being taken out of school one afternoon a week for six weeks consecutively.
Mrs Le Froy added: “There is a definite need in the community for this, particularly in the middle years of school. Intervention is better earlier than later. Mounts Bay Academy has been really pro-active addressing in early intervention.
"It is in the interest of the Department for Education and the Local Education Authority to safe money in a way that is proven to work, which is what the programmes do. We have heard this from children, teachers, parents and academics."
The company will be continuing to work with Mount’s Bay Academy for the next two years, but the project is available for any school to commission.
A video of what the Shifting Horizons project involves can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8NIu5y-z1A.
For more information about the charitable organisation visit www.gbboardriderscic.com.