Pupils to be better equipped for working life as a result of training
South Yorkshire school pupils are set to be better equipped for later life as a result of an initiative to develop their skills.
Students from Grenoside Primary School have been taking part in a project to apply the communication skills that training specialists Huthwaite International uses to train its business clients around the world, to their school and social lives. The technique is called Verbal Behaviour Analysis (VBA) and centres on understanding and applying the right words at the right time and in the right circumstances.
In a specially organised event at Huthwaite International's Yorkshire offices, the company gave its offices and its consulting staff over to the year six students. The purpose of the day was for the pupils, whose school teachers have previously already been trained by Huthwaite to teach them VBA, to put those skills into action alongside the real experts - Huthwaite's own consultants.
Grenoside teacher, Jenni Monach, has been working with Dr Lynne Bianchi, the principal research fellow at The Centre of Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, to introduce these skills to the pupils for a couple of years in a project to study the impact they can make in a wide range of areas such as the ability to learn through group work - especially in science, transfer from primary to secondary education, self-awareness and future employability.
Alice Marsden, an 11 year-old from Grenoside Primary School, said: "It was amazing. It really taught me stuff I hadn't thought about before and I feel much more confident now about the way I persuade others, talk to people and listen properly to what they have to say."
Huthwaite managing director Tony Hughes said: "Throughout an exhausting day they've been trying their hand at the kind of effective persuasion exercises, sales simulations and negotiations that we usually run with senior executives at multinational companies - and they've done very well at it. Better verbal communication, persuasiveness, confidence and listening are all going to become very important skills as these children progress through senior school and out into the adult world. I've been very impressed by what they can do."