THE SWITCH AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME
The Switch Ambassador Programme works with secondary school students (known as switch ambassadors) who are at the highest risk of being excluded from school. We help students’ switch their behaviour, choices and attitudes towards learning by improving their self-esteem, resilience and well-being.
The programme takes place at the students’ school during the school day at pre-established times. Switch ambassadors attend weekly group workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions for 12 weeks. We produce various outcomes as a result of our programme such as better behaviour, lower exclusion rates and improved attendance.
The group workshops cover various topics like the power of choices and growth mindset vs fixed mindset. Group discussions, team activities, games, videos and written activities are facilitated during the workshops. We use different mediums to accommodate as many different learning styles as possible.
We adapt all of the sessions to suit the needs of the individual. Therefore, the 1:1 mentoring sessions consist of activities which are relevant to the students’ lives, age, experience and interests. The 1:1 mentoring sessions also always put the mentees preferences and needs at the centre of the sessions.
“ Say It With Your Chest helped me to understand how to socialise and associate with others.” – Switch Ambassador
“ Say It With Your Chest are pleasant, polite and professional. It is clear they have a passion for changing young people’s mind sets on how they perceive themselves to ensure they can thrive in being able to talk to adults and to speak out to get their voice heard in a positive way. ” – Staff member from senior leadership team at a partner school
“Say It With Your Chest’s workshops helped me to improve my behaviour. ” – Switch Ambassador
“Say It With Your Chest came to our school and they worked with several students. The majority of the students engaged well and the data backs this up. Micah in particular made significant progress and has continued on a successful path and is able to reflect on his behaviours. If we found funding we would welcome back Say It With Your Chest to work with our young people.” – Staff member from senior leadership team at a partner school
” The programme taught me that my voice matters and that I matter.” – Switch Ambassador
“ I learnt why I get so many behaviour points, this really helped me to reflect on my behaviour and improve it.” – Switch Ambassador
” The children have told me that they really enjoyed the programme because they were asked how they were in each session. They also felt the programme facilitator really listened to any concerns or worries that they had. ” – Behaviour support officer at a partner school
Before the programme started Mohammed had received 59 achievement points and a 2 day fixed period exclusion. At the end of the programme Mohammed achieved an additional 133 achievement points and he had also received 0 fixed period exclusions.
” Before the programme I knew my behaviour was bad but I did not know what to do to change my behaviour so I would get sent out of lesson all the time. Sometimes I would get sent out of all of my lessons in one day. I liked the Switch Ambassador Programme because it made my behaviour better as I learnt how to control myself. I also liked that we did group workshops and 1:1 mentoring it was something different that I had not done before at my school. To be honest I found the programme really useful and fun, can I do the programme again?”