TRAMPOLINE PARENTING

by Clemmie Stewart & Rebecca Glover

SPEAKERS FROM

KINGSTON EVENT

WE WANTED TO START A DISCUSSION...

Over a coffee at Ralph's in Surbiton two experienced pioneers and thought leaders in education questioned how best to prepare their students for the ever changing world in front of them.

AS SEEN ON

DO WE NEED TO CHANGE HOW WE DO THINGS?

"IF CHILDREN DO NOT FAIL THEY CANNOT LEARN"

Failure is a core ingredient in learning. It enables children to find other ways to solve a problem, build on past experiences and helps them to see how not to do things, as well as how to be successful. Young children are naturally comfortable with making mistakes, so what is going wrong as they grow up?

"IT IS NOT ABOUT US, BUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE WE SERVE"

It is easy to think that children's failures, and successes, are in some way a reflection of those around them: parents and teachers alike. We believe that this is not the case: we are merely the facilitators, the support team and the cheerleaders who are there to celebrate when it goes well, and comfort when it doesn't. However, the next step must be to then bounce them back up to try again.

"MISTAKES ARE OK!"

"Children learn through mistake making, through finding things hard and failing."

"FAILURE IS ESSENTIAL"

" We as educators can be accused of fuelling the failure flame. "

"RETHINKING FAILURE"

Do we all need to be re-thinking the whole concept of failure?

WHAT IS TRAMPOLINE PARENTING?

Trampoline parenting is how we can encourage our children to stretch themselves as far as they dare and then encourage them a little further. Think of it as bouncing them up into the world to experience freedom, space to grow, room to think and experiment.

We remain there beneath them, to bounce them back up when things go wrong. Each time they will bounce a little higher, a little more confidently and travel that little bit further. 

WHAT SOME OF OUR GUESTS THOUGHT

Clemmie and Rebecca's talk has brought to light some fascinating issues, but, more importantly, presented "plenty of food for thought" not only for parents but also for those that have any connection to children. It is articulated on a clear professional and engaging way that makes it a very entertaining TED X.

David Harkin

These two remarkable educators throw open the door on the relationships between parents, children and teachers in a refreshingly frank way. In the pursuit of the best outcomes for our offspring we should trust more in the children themselves and not be embarrassed by their occasional failures but rather embrace them.

Alastair Stewart - OBE

Loving this @CStewartSHS - so true! Supporting children early in life to develop strategies to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty is essential.

Cristina Taboada-Naya

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

REBECCA GLOVER

Rebecca read Geography and Physical Education at University followed by completing an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and an NPQH.

She has taught in both single sex and co-ed schools and has spent over eleven years working in the Independent sector and eighteen years in the state sector including working for North Yorkshire County Council School Improvement team. Rebecca currently represents the London division on the HMC inspection committee and is an ISI inspector. 

Rebecca is about to join the Governing body at St Christopher’s School Letchworth. She is a regular presenter/speaker at Inside Government events, has presented a TEDx Talk, appeared on BBC Women’s Hour and has produced a number of blogs and podcasts on educational challenges and changes.

She is the Principal at one of the country's largest and most successful HMC schools.

Follow Rebecca on twitter @:

@PrincipalSHS.

Email Rebecca @:

rebecca@trampolineparenting.co.uk

CLEMMIE STEWART

Clemmie read English and Education Studies at university, followed by completing a PGCE. Having worked in a range of schools including boarding, single-sex day schools and a state junior school, she has a real knowledge of education, innovation, research-based initiatives and building powerful relationships with pupils, parents and staff.

Having been a Senior Leader and Head Teacher, as well as a Vice-Chair of Governors, she has a real insight into how to improve outcomes, create a vision and strategy and build leadership teams who thrive on shared success and positive relationships.

Outside of this, Clemmie speaks at events celebrating education and leadership, and hosts a podcast with Dr Emma Kell.

Follow Clemmie on twitter @:

@cstewartSHS.

Email Clemmie @:

clemmie@trampolineparenting.co.uk