by Hugo Shephard

Going back to school is mostly a joyous time for children; they see their friends again and can socialise and do a lot of things that they love doing. Unfortunately, though, they have to do some things they hate too; some of them will thrive at maths, others at football or art, none of them will be great at everything and the lack of success can become a real hindrance not only to their general learning, but more importantly, to the development of their self-esteem.

We have all been through school and survived, that’s true, but it is also true that with some simple training we can make all of your children better able to cope with the disappointment of not being great at something, or even being really bad at it, without them losing the innate joy that all children have. That joy to just try and see if it’s fun and appreciate what they are good at and learn to keep trying when they do not immediately succeed.

Have a look here at how, for example, making mistakes is actually a good thing for kids to enjoy the learning process. Here are some great ways to develop a ‘can-do’ attitude in your kids to really boost their love of learning.

We strongly believe in supporting children’s skills, such as creativity/creative problem solving, resilience, collaboration and leadership through the courses we have specifically designed for this purpose, because we know – and having done this for a few years now, we really KNOW – that these skills will make them happier, more confident and therefore able to get more out of their education and their lives now and into adulthood.

I just watched the famous TED Talk on creativity by Sir Ken Robinson again this morning. It is one of my favourites. Ken maintains that all children are born creative and that they are educated out of it. Children are often taught to worry about making mistakes, to be scared of what other people think, and many come to the point where they would rather not try something than do it wrong. Like Ken, we think this is a sad state of affairs and we really want to help as many children as we can to overcome these fears and find their easy going happy selves again.

Role Models’ Life Skills Courses and Creative Childcare are designed to counteract the negative impact that standard education and peer pressure can have from an early age so that each and every child can grow into a creative, confident adult. They will not all become super successful businessmen, artists or ballerinas, but they will all be happy in their skin and happy in whatever path they decide to follow.

The will to achieve this is what makes us get up in the morning. Come and see us, we are all over London:

P.S. If you haven’t seen Ken’s talk yet, you can find it here:

Find out more

Role Models help children fly by giving them the skills they need to grow, develop and thrive in a changing world because they believe that children should be skilled for life as well as being schooled in the classroom.

To do this, they offer individual creative childcare to support childrens’ passions. They also provide courses that give children some of the key skills to succeed in the 21st century; leadership, resilience, teamwork and creative problem solving. They approach everything in a way that’s serious fun. Click here to learn more.


Hugo Shephard is the Managing Director of Role Models. The Role Models philosophy is to nurture character in children because they believe that ‘soft skills’ are as important as academic attainment. They focus on the individual strengths of every child and are deeply committed to supporting them through their formative years, ­whether that be through their Creative Childcare, Life Skills Courses or Special Needs Camps.. Before founding Role Models, Hugo worked at Ernst & Young as a Management Consultant in the healthcare sector.

Connect with Hugo: