Most of the time at Axcis, we are called upon to provide last-minute staffing support, from teaching assistants to teachers, therapists and carers. So, imagine our surprise when we were asked to provide a DRAGON! OK, so it wasn’t the sort of dragon you might see on Game of Thrones, but it was exciting for us none the less. Gary Hugman (our good old, loveable Huggy Bear!) volunteered to be a dragon for the day, and this is what happened…
Eileen is a long-standing client of Axcis, working at a London SEND school. She came up with the concept of getting the children at her school involved in doing their very own “Dragons Den” (which she believes was the first time in the country that this had been attempted by a SEND school). The children at the school (due to their varied forms of special educational needs), find it hard to work in a team and to communicate. The hope was for the students – within their classes – to work together to create an idea that would improve their break and lunch times. The classes then spent two half-day sessions working together to come up with the concept of what they would like and to the put together a Dragons Den style presentation to show to the Dragons – and then possibly the school. Each Dragon was also given £150 each to allocate to the best three ideas that were put forward.
Three dragons were asked to participate and they were all colleagues of the school with a business background. Each dragon was accompanied by a member of the board of governors. Each dragon and governor was allocated a Key Stage (4 to 6 classes) of which they would see the presentations and choose two classes to go through to the final in the afternoon and present to the whole school and the Dragons/governors.
The presentations were excellent and the decisions were very hard to make. It was decided that all six projects could be covered with the three £150 allocations being shared. There were several ideas that were not carried through to the afternoon, but it was decided that they were projects that the school would undertake themselves at a later date.
The day was fun, and engaging for all involved, with many students asking when they would do it again. It was fantastic to see the children so invested in a group project – especially when you consider the communication needs of some of the students taking part. They all worked incredibly hard and did an amazing job – and of course Gary had a fantastic time being a Dragon for the day!