Travelling through time

by Wendy on July 8, 2014

3 years ago, BEANii started in the front of our living rooms with a few friends, a handful of our children and a passion for their health and happiness.

Last week, we completed our first tour of BEANii Squeers workshops, developed with support from the Wellcome Trust, to nearly 400 Year 4 – 6 students in schools in deprived areas of Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham*.  Children went on a time-travelling adventure in scientific discovery, learning about how the choices that they have and make, impact their health and well-being. 

Evaluation so far of participated children’s knowledge attainment and retention, one week after the workshop, demonstrates 35% uplift. It’s very motivating for us to see the impact of our short, 2 hour, workshop. However, our biggest reward is seeing children’s enjoyment of the learning and excitement in the scientific discovery process. 

As we work to maximise the benefit and reach of our innovative programme to more children, schools and communities, it’s been inspiring to attend the series of thought provoking All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics meetings, put together by the New Economics Foundation, on how government policy can improve well-being without increasing public expenditure. We are excited about their report that will be published in the fall.

In the fall, I am also excited to be returning to the University of Cambridge, to embark on a part-time MEd. in Psychology programme. The focus of my study and research there will be BEANii.

Exciting times! We are so thankful to all our colleagues, friends, families and donors, who have been with us in the journey so far, and look forward to further advancement and adventures ahead!

*Note: all the participated schools of this tour have over 50% children in receipt of Free School Meals and over 55% English as a Second Language Learners.

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