Group leaders are timetabled to be with their activity groups throughout their Robinwood course. This enables them to really get to know every child in their group in order to help each child progress and develop over their time at Robinwood.
Group leaders guide their group through around 15 different activity sessions including watersports sessions, themed problem solving sessions, high
activities and a range of others. Group leaders get to work with children overcoming different challenges, developing different skills and developing teamwork with others.
Key Stage Two children are generally used to having a class teacher in their time at school, rather than moving round between different subject specialists each day. At other centres you may find instructors who are activity specialists and children can be led by different people for each activity session they
take part in. No one has the opportunity to really get to know the children.
At Robinwood we are child centred not activity centred. Our group leaders specialise in the development of children. They are full of enthusiasm for the activities we offer and can put this across to children in a fun and engaging way, but the activities are a vehicle for the development of each individual child and
for the group as a whole. It is the development of the children that comes first.
Robinwood group leaders work long hours and really hard to ensure total care for their group. As well as instructing all activity sessions, they do reviews and games and puzzles in between the activity sessions. As part of their overall care and supervision group leaders make sure that children are properly kitted out for all activities and they see that children eat well to fuel a really busy course, ensuring drinks and snacks are available whenever needed.
We do give our group leaders breaks! There is a strong team approach supporting each group leader, so on occasions (particularly at meal times)
other members of the Robinwood team will step in, but after their break
(suitably re-charged!) group leaders are straight back into action with their group. Having the same group leader only really works if the quality
of staff is high and that is why number one on our list is doing everything possible to ensure we have the very best staff at Robinwood.
Following on from our rigorous approach to selection and training, group
leader performance is closely monitored, with on-going development for everyone in the group leader role. Group leaders are central to the success
of each child’s Robinwood experience and we do all we possibly can to
ensure they are the very best.