East Boldon mum-of-two Hayley Ramm is hitting the classroom to encourage children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and boost their self-confidence.
Hayley, 40, has launched her business High5ers, which is focused on promoting positivity in every child while working alongside the educational curriculum.
To know the activities and tasks I’ve developed are having such a big impact on their everyday lives is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever achieved in my career.Hayley Ramm
“My true passion is coaching children, spending quality time with them in classthrough one to one and group sessions, which is proving a wonderful success,” she said.
“To know the activities and tasks I’ve developed are having such a big impact on their everyday lives is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever achieved in my career.”
There are four components to the High5ers programme - boosting confidence, building strength and resilience, balancing thoughts and feelings and breathing to ensure children are relaxed and calm.
Techniques include ‘Body Blitz’ which involves drawing around the body and blitzing it with brilliance and positivity; ‘Balloon Breath’ which uses a balloon to encourage children to learn breathing techniques to help them relax and ‘Slippery Slide’ which uses children’s imaginations to teach them to exercise greater self control.
Sally Newton, Head teacher of Sedgefield School, which has already started using Hayley’s techniques, said: “We pride our school on giving every pupil the very best teaching and resources to make them confident.
“When I heard about High5ers it mirrored our values and aspirations to make every child ready for their next step.
“Hayley started delivering to our year 6’s and the feedback was positively amazing.
“Based on the great success and feedback we then brought Hayley back to work with our Year 3’s and 4’s.
“In the space of just a term you can see the difference in the pupils.
Hayley has ambitious plans for the project: “Although the business has only just started, I am receiving enquiries from many schools in the region.
“I have also licensed the High5ers brand so that when the programme is complete schools can carry on the work to help inspire their future pupils.
“My aim is to support and encourage 7 to 11 year olds throughout the North East, whilst having the flexibility around my own home life.
“Ideally I would like to deliver nationally by franchising the model within three years,” she added.