A Hull-based charity has been working during the pandemic to support schools and young people in improving their literacy and numeracy as well as key work-based skills, raising confidence and instilling self-belief.
Usually based at the KCOM Stadium, the Run With It team have responded to the effects Covid-19 by delivering programmes directly to children in their schools, supporting them academically and improving their mental health and wellbeing.
Run With It has been able to reach more than 240 young people in schools in Hull and the East Riding over the past 10 weeks. All pupils have received up to 20 hours of targeted intervention.
Lucy Fletcher, of Longhill Primary School, said: “Run With It has provided a much-needed distraction during an unprecedented and challenging time for our pupils. It is clear to see the positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. There is an obvious increase in confidence and self-esteem of the children involved, which benefits them in other aspects of school life.”
The sessions not only allow children the opportunity to catch up on topics or bridge gaps in their knowledge missed due to the pandemic, but also allow staff in schools to focus their attention on other small groups who may be falling behind. The programme also re-engages children in the learning process while giving them something to look forward to each week.
Natalie Dodds, of Swanland Primary School, said: “The sessions have provided the teachers and teaching assistants with an additional time in which they can deliver targeted interventions to provide the children with the support they require to enable them to catch up with the curriculum. The children are always enthusiastic when they are attending their sessions with Aaron and Kate and have formed positive relationships. We hope to continue to work with the team.”
The catch-up programme runs over 10 weeks and gives children up to 20 hours of focused learning. This involves activities such as virtual stadium tours, interactive quiz sessions, taking the professional clubs retail outlets into school for money problem solving activities, estimating the size of the KCOM Stadium pitch and measuring it out on the school playground, designing products for sale in the club shops and developing a sales pitch (persuasive writing) to go with it, planning a day out at the KCOM Stadium – involving maths, planning and literacy skills, as well as many fun and educational games and practical activities.
Lisa Dawson, director of the charity, said: “Run With It takes pride in supporting local schools and young people. In a year which has been filled with such negativity and uncertainty it has been a real positive that Run With it, with the support of schools, local businesses, funders and trustees, have been able to adapt and deliver their programmes providing some much-needed support, positivity and fun for local schools and their students. It’s been a challenging year but the team has stepped up to the plate and delivered over and above what we could have expected, I’m incredibly proud of us all.”