Empowerment Approach for Schools, Families and Carers FAQs

What is the Empowerment Approach?

The Empowerment Approach TM  is a way of working with young people that utilises a range of coaching techniques and models to remove barriers to learning, leading to student empowerment, academic success and lasting self-efficacy.

It is particularly useful for children who have neurodiversity, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, who might find the typical reward/punishment cycle exhausting and unachievable.

We teach the approach to adults supporting these children in schools and at home.

Cascade: training for Foster Carers and their supporters

Transform Care with The Empowerment ApproachTM:

The Carers as Coaches Programme

Cascade is a training package for foster carers and prospective adopters, developed by a group of experienced educationalists and psychologists, which provides a new and innovative approach to working with young people to explore issues, find solutions and impact sustainable change.

Over this introductory course, participants will develop an understanding of The Empowerment ApproachTM, a way of working with young people that utilises a range of coaching techniques and models leading to student empowerment, success and lasting self-efficacy.

Participants will learn and practise a set of tools and models which form a new way of communicating with and supporting young people.

This approach is particularly effective in supporting young people between the ages of 4 and 18 who exhibit a neurodiverse profile* (though may not necessarily have a formal diagnosis) and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate social or emotional difficulties which may lead to unwanted behaviours that are proving difficult to manage in the home or at school.
  • Have been involved in incidents which have resulted in temporary or permanent exclusions from the classroom, enrichment activities or school itself or may be at risk of this occurring in the future.
  • Can sometimes struggle to access the curriculum or engage in learning at school.
  • Are underachieving in literacy and/or numeracy yet perform well in other subject areas.

The Cascade training programme has already received excellent feedback from practising foster carers who rated its content, delivery and impact as ‘excellent’. It is based on Genius Within programmes which have been running successfully across the UK for several years and have proven impact with adult offenders.

It consists of the following elements:

  • Training for carers: 12 hours of adult group training (maximum of 25 participants) which can be delivered as two full days, four half days or six evening sessions of two hours each.
  • Positive Cognitive Assessment: (including Vocational Strengths and Careers Advice): A positive cognitive assessment to provide an accurate picture of the young person’s strengths and difficulties, with a particular focus on strengths and how these can be used to achieve success now and in the future.
  • Direct co-coaching: face-to-face co-coaching in the home with the young person and their carer/s.

If you would like to discuss this programme or to book one of our services, please contact: Kit Messenger, Head of Education, Genius Within CIC on +44 7469 233306 or email: Kit@geniuswithin.co.uk

*Children with a neurodiverse profile will often demonstrate good cognition and be achieving well in some curriculum areas, such as investigative science, design and technology or physical education. For further information about neurodiversity, visit: https://www.geniuswithin.co.uk/faq/what-is-neurodiversity/

Inside Out: A whole school approach to empowerment and inclusion
  • Do you have young people within your organisation who are struggling to concentrate and engage and can find it hard to keep to agreed boundaries?
  • Is this causing a barrier to their learning and disruption to that of their peers?
  • Have you tried different strategies but have not yet found one that really makes a sustainable difference?

Inside Out is a training package for school staff developed collaboratively by educators and psychologists, which provides a new and innovative approach to working with young people to explore issues, find solutions and impact sustainable, long-term change.

Through this coaching based approach, staff will learn to use a set of tools and models to remove barriers to learning, leading to student empowerment, academic success and lasting self-efficacy.

Within this method, both adults and young people are empowered, providing a welcome alternative to traditional methods which focus on extrinsic controls and often lead to inconsistent erratic progress.

This approach is particularly effective in supporting young people between the ages of 4 and 18 who exhibit a neurodiverse profile* (though may not necessarily have a formal diagnosis) and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate social or emotional difficulties which may lead to unwanted behaviours.
  • May have experienced temporary or permanent exclusions from the classroom, enrichment activities or school itself or are at risk of this occurring in the future.
  • Can sometimes struggle to access the curriculum or engage in learning at school.
  • Are underachieving in literacy and / or numeracy yet perform well in some other subject areas.

The course, delivered by educationalists with substantial proven experience in school leadership, is based on Genius Within programmes which have been running successfully across the UK for several years and have proven impact with adult offenders.

It consists of the following elements:

  • Training for staff: 12 hours of adult group training (maximum of 25 participants) which can be delivered as two full days, four half days or six twilight sessions.
  • Positive Cognitive Assessment: (including Vocational Strengths and Careers Advice): providing an accurate picture of a young person’s strengths and difficulties, with a particular focus on strengths and how these can support academic and career success, now and in the future.
  • Direct coaching: face-to-face co-coaching with the young person in school which can be delivered individually or, where appropriate, in pairs and small groups.

For more information or to book one of our services, please contact Kit Messenger, Head of Education at Genius Within CIC:   +44 7469 233306 or email Kit@geniuswithin.co.uk

*Children with a neurodiverse profile will often demonstrate good cognition and be achieving well in some curriculum areas, such as investigative science, design and technology or physical education. For further information about neurodiversity, visit: https://www.geniuswithin.co.uk/faq/what-is-neurodiversity/