Kick Start Newsletter - January 2016
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A Happy New Year to all our readers! And welcome to our ‘Identity’ issue. This edition of the Kick Start newsletter contains another selection of articles to inform, engage and inspire teaching professionals. Children’s perceptions of ‘Identity’ is an area of great significance for all educators and is the main focus of this newsletter.

Starting off our exploration of Identity is an article called 'What is Sense of Self?' Everybody has a sense of self or sense of personal identity. In fact most people have a number of important ways of thinking about themselves that are significant enough to be considered multiple senses of self. Our sense of self includes those roles, attributes, behaviours, and associations that we consider most important about ourselves. Read more of this article here…

Research reveals that the development of ethnic identity is related to psychological well-being and has links with positive self-evaluation and self-esteem which in turn impacts upon educational attainment.

The next article introduces us to a particular theory of Ethnic Identity: Phinney's model of ethnic identity development, and explores how children’s perceptions of identity change as they get older and suggests some major influences on these perceptions.

Developing a sense of Identity in young children: issues for schools are explored in a further article. It’s based on the grades of people ‘similar’ to you is an insightful piece of writing showing a student’s perspective, and Identity: a personal reflection explores identity from another personal point of view.

Kick Start Training


 
Our training sessions are highly recommended and will support schools to develop in children a positive sense of personal identity, especially for those of Black and other ethnic minority heritage.

People say the nicest things about our training and we are pleased to share some feedback in this issue following a recent Kick Start training session which supported schools to plan for Black History Month in October.
Our training programmes include interactive workshops and our award winning Heroes programme, all of which are consistently evaluated highly.

See below for details of our forthcoming training sessions: Ensuring the attainment of children of Black heritage’ (24 Feb) and 'Developing a positive sense of self in a diverse society' (15 June) and how to book places.
 

 

Images courtesy people who took part in Black History Month training sessions, Sept 2015

If you’re not already familiar with Kick Start Enterprise’s work, we offer support to educational providers working with vulnerable groups, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds. We collaborate closely with schools, offering training and consultancy, including capacity-building for leaders, with the aim of raising attainment levels and helping young people fulfil their potential.

Looking forward: 
Kung Hei Fat Choy! A reminder that Chinese New Year this year is on 8th February. Here is some information and a few web links to help you to plan your celebration.

Finally, read or download 'The boy and his Christmas letter'a heart-warming story from Paulton Infant School, Bath.
Kick Start Enterprise is happy to work with local authorities and with individual settings, schools and academies to develop inclusive practices, to raise the attainment of minority ethnic children and young people and to help build skills and knowledge in the workforce. Full details of opportunities are available on the Kick Start Enterprise website: www.kickstartenterprise.com.
To discuss any support or training needs please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 0844 8708 132 or email info@kickstartenterprise.com
Joe Constant

What is Sense of Self?

Everybody has a sense of self or sense of personal identity. In fact most people have a number of important ways of thinking about themselves that are significant enough to be considered multiple senses of self. Our sense of self includes those roles, attributes, behaviors, and associations that we consider most important about ourselves. These sense-of-self associations can be based on any combination of the following:
  • Occupations (e.g. teacher, physician, plumber)
  • Social relationships (e.g. husband/wife, friend, colleague)
  • Familial relationships (e.g. brother/sister, son/daughter, mother/father)
  • Quasi-occupations (e.g. helper, volunteer)
  • Avocations (e.g. athlete, musician, artist, collector, helper, volunteer)
  • Affiliations (e.g. Gamer, Arsenal fan)
  • Abilities/disabilities (e.g. smart person, funny person, shy person with a disability, “patient”)
  • Salient attributes (e.g. reliable, hard working, good looking, lazy, dishonest)
  • Spirituality (e.g. child of God, Catholic, Buddhist)
Self-identities, especially those of young people, are dynamic or in flux. Children as young as four years old... Joe Constant, Founder and Director, Kick Start Enterprise

Black History MonthEthnic Identity


Roots in social psychology
The notion of ethnic identity emerged in social psychology out of social identity theory which emphasizes a need to maintain a positive sense of self. Therefore in respect to ethnic identity, this underscores affirmation to and salience of ethnic group membership(s).

One of the earliest statements of social identity was made by Kurt Lewin, who emphasized that individuals need a firm sense of group identification in order to maintain a sense of well-being.

In light of this, affirmation of ethnicity has been proposed to be more salient among groups who have faced greater discrimination, in order to maintain self-esteem. There has also been research on family influences, such as cultural values of the family, including aspects of parenting which contribute to the socialization of adolescents.
 
Stephen Bray - Kick Start Consultant

Developing a sense of Identity in young children: issues for schools

“My dad comes from Scotland and my mum from Egypt, so I am half and half – dual heritage we call it.  I can speak English and Arabic because my mum speaks Arabic to me all the time and I am learning to write some now.”
How do staff in your school support the development of a pupil’s self-identity so they can stand proudly in the class and say the above?
 

Multiple and changing identities

 
Of course a person’s identity is not just about their ethnicity and language but it is an important part of it and many people from ethnic minority backgrounds would say that their ethnicity defines their identity. 
 
We all have multiple identities, which may shift in importance with time and context – one day a teacher, the next a grandmother, or a learner in a class.  Sometimes our ethnicity or gender defines us strongly, at other times they do not.
 
Dot Lee - Kick Start Consultant

“It's based on the grades of people 'similar' to you”: a student’s reflections on identity

10 years ago myself and my black friends were taken out of our year 7 English class, put in another room and shown a pretty little power point that essentially told us that because we were BME (black and minority ethnic) we were more likely to fail than our white friends. This was obviously based on hard ‘facts’ and ‘statistics’ that proved that the colour pigmentation of our skin was going to affect our academic aptitude, attitude and potential. Idiots.
 
This article is also included on the following Kick Start link: http://kickbackblog.com/ and is reproduced with permission.

Identity – a personal reflection by Kick Start consultant Judith Longstreth

How do we know who we are and what any of this means? I will look at a few things that have influenced me in my life – my appearance, my family and my gender.

As soon as I was born questions were asked! How could a mother with blonde hair and a father with dark hair have a baby with flaming red hair? No doubt remarks were made about the milkman. It transpired that my great, great grandmother had had red hair, and being a recessive gene it had skipped a few generations. My niece has red hair too – but a different shade, a bit browner. Of course I was the butt of jokes and name calling – carrots, ginger, copper knob (not so bad) and was visibly different from other children. This made me identifiable at long range at school – I saw you at the bottom of the games pitch Judith. I don’t know who the other girls were but it was definitely you!

I sympathise with other visibly different minority students.

I was only once in a majority. This was on a small boat in Scotland where I was one of eight people with red hair. It felt good but strange. Another problem with having red hair is having very white skin that burns easily. There is no way I can ever have the obligatory nice tan. Every year someone suggests I dye my skin with fake tan and every year I refuse...
Judith Longstreth - Kick Start Senior Consultant

People say the nicest things..

 

Ref: Black History Month training session - Sept 2015'


Many thanks for the Black History Month training which you led recently. The course was very useful and it helped guide me on planning the activities for our school. I gathered together information packs on seven different local black inspirational people using the pack which you gave us the link to. a teacher from St Stephen's CE VA, Bath
 
I chose a Black person for each class to research. I left it up to teachers to decide how their class was going to do the research; some teachers set it as a homework and some chose to do the research as a whole class during a few minutes of the school day. Each class saved their research on the school system so other classes could look through and see the achievements of many Black people. I feel it was successful and was an activity enjoyed by all children. a teacher from Peasedown St John Primary School, Bath

Pupils prepared and presented an assembly, and then I set a challenge for children to find out more. They did an amazing job!”  a teacher from St Keyna Primary School, Bath

Read full feedback with photos here...

Kick Start Enterprise Courses 2016

 

Ensuring the attainment of children of Black heritage 
 

Date: Weds 24 Feb 2016
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm


Venue: St Martin’s Garden Primary School
Lympsham Green
Odd Down
Bath BA2 2UN

Cost: FREE to B&NES teachers (except academies), all others £45
Closing date for bookings Fri 5 Feb

Full booking details and course info click here..
 
 

Developing a positive sense of self in a diverse society


Date: Weds 15 June 2016
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue: St Martin's Garden Primary School

Lympsham Green
Odd Down
Bath BA2 2UN
Cost: TBC

For further information on all our courses and to book places please call or email:

0844 8708 132

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