During Lockdown, we saw that lots of schools were wondering how best to support the children in their care. 
 
In response to this, we started creating free resources and blogs for schools.  
 
Then we realised we could do more. 
 
What if we could equip children with skills for life to help them deal with whatever life throws at them? 
 

Emotional literacy - teaching non-academic skills 

Evidence suggests that development of non-academic skills is more effective when teaching is integrated into the regular school curriculum*. 
 
Non-academic skills including empathy, responsibility, and self-awareness are associated with improved educational, work, health, and wellbeing outcomes, such as higher academic attainment, greater employability, and good physical and mental health. They are also important for building resilience. The new PSHE guidelines also include many non-academic skills. 

The Open Ears Programme 

Taking all this into consideration, the Open Ears Programme was created. Available in three age groups, 4-7, 8-12, and 13+ Open Ears gives you a year-long programme aligned to many of the new PSHE guidelines. Each Open Ears box leads neatly into the next, creating a spiral curriculum. 
 
There are six core values, an assembly for each value, weekly lesson plans, worksheets for you to photocopy, and a final circle time for each value. And lots of stickers! 
 
The Open Ears Programme will enable children to learn how to listen to their emotions, what to do with them, as well as how to listen and help others. 

Develop life-long emotional wellbeing skills 

Children will also come out with plenty of other skills too, such as self-awareness, taking responsibility, and resilience skills. They will also develop life-long skills to cope with bereavement, grief, and loss, incorporating feelings and emotional wellbeing, developing healthy relationships, and resilience into learning in a fun, yet informative way. 
 
There are a range of beneficial outcomes, including: 
 
- improved attitudes to learning and motivation, 
- positive self-image 
- increased empathy 
- reduced levels of antisocial behaviour 
- reduced chances of mental health conditions 
- improved self-efficacy 
- improved metacognitive skills 
- improved creativity 
- better physical and mental health 
- more tolerant, conscientious, and respectful 
 
 
*The National Child Development Study, the British Cohort Study, and the Millennium Cohort Study 
 
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