Despite Bath being a city well known for its wealth there are a lot of young people coming from families living in extremely challenging socioeconomic circumstances.

Sadly, these young people are much more likely to lack the soft skills, such as resilience, forgiveness and teamwork, that allow them to be effective learners in a classroom setting.

The outcome of this skills gap is a lack of performance in academic exams when compared with the rest of the country (this is often called the “attainment gap”).

Bath Rugby Foundation's Raising the Game programme for secondary school students aims to equip these young people with the soft skills they need to maximise their learning in a classroom setting.

"Soft skills" are also known as “non-cognitive predictors”. In mental toughness they are broken up into the “4Cs”:

  • Control – a person's feeling of how much they can control things in their life/surroundings
  • Commitment – How willing you are to set goals and stick to them
  • Challenge – How willing a person is to push back their boundaries
  • Confidence – A person's belief in their ability to influence others/their own emotions to their own end.

In doing this the Foundation will be providing these pupils with an opportunity to improve their academic attainment.

A secondary outcome will be that improved behaviour in the classroom will lead to better learning for other young people.

Using one hour of sport and one of applied brainology, participants will develop a growth mindset which will enable the students to have a positive attitude towards their learning.

The results of this will reduce the educational attainment gap and promote mental wellbeing & physical health.

This programme has been funded by St. Johns Foundation.

To learn more about this programme email our Education Officer, Jonno Wood