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Wolverhampton and Hannah

Audio described with transcript


Hannah: My name is Hannah and I come to Lanesfield Primary School. I didn't like school because people had been mean to me and it made me misbehave.

Claire Nokes: Hannah struggled, a lot of the time to get on with some of the other girls in the school. That caused problems on the playground and it came back into the classroom.

Hannah: My behaviour was affecting my school work because I was back-chatting to the teachers or making silly noises and distracting people and then I would get sent out.

Tina Clifford Chapman: Because she was so upset and so worried, it did have a big impact on her learning. And consequently, she didn't achieve what we all knew she was capable of. This year, the amount of progress she has made has been tremendous. When Wolves came in, they had a massive impact on the attitude of the children.

Scott Langford: Here at Lanesfield, Wolves...we do little intervention classes, so we focus on their needs - whether it be arguing out in the playground or not listening in class and we give them the tools that they can go and use to make sure that they get a quality life at school. Here's a question then. Did we argue just through that?

Children: No.

Scott Langford: What's the difference between an argument and a discussion?

Children: Discussion gives us all a chance to speak.

Scott Langford:  Fantastic.

Hannah: We do activities based on working as a team and communication.

Scott Langford: The little lessons that we've been doing with Hannah, almost like anger management, so that she can cooperate and collaborate with other children. What do we think the whole point of that little game was?

Hannah:  People can give direct instructions. It helps you because it gives you more experience working with people and help them get better.

Tina Clifford Chapman: The change in Hannah's behaviour has been massive. We've seen a real different little girl.

Hannah: I'm helping younger children get better at their reading, and then I'm helping them with their behaviour.

Claire Nokes: She's really matured because she developed these skills through the work with Wolves. She can then pass these skills on to the younger children. She's now a role model in the school for her behaviour.

Tina Clifford Chapman: You just wouldn't recognise her from last year. She's so confident. She's an absolute asset. Her levels, that she's achieving for her English and her maths, have gone through the roof.

Scott Langford: We give the children the tools to use, but it's up to them to go out and put them into practice and that's exactly what Hannah's done.

 Hannah: I feel really proud because I've helped other people and it gave me an achievement along the way.