In conversation with Malvern College
SPONSORED: Discussing the markers of a successful co-curricular programme, from improved wellbeing to higher academic grades
Posted by Julian Owen | November 28, 2018 | School life
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With Roberta Keys, Deputy Head, Logistics of Malvern College, and James Kershaw-Naylor, Business Development Director at SOCS

RK: “We know that pupil participation in a balanced co-curricular programme can result in improved wellbeing, attitude and academic grades. It also has a wider impact of producing pupils who are robust, resilient and open-minded. At Malvern College, the co-curricular process is an intrinsic part of the development of a student. We encourage our students to ‘have a go’ at as many co-curricular options as possible. Once they have found a skill set that they want to perfect, we encourage them to practise. Finally, the students showcase the best of what they have learnt by engaging in competitions and presentations. We like to call this the three Ps of a successful co-curricular activity (CCA) programme: participate, practise, perform. We have set out to partner with SOCS to enhance the all-round impacts that a holistic co-curricular programme has on our pupils.”

JKN: “One of the guiding principles of SOCS is the belief that students who engage in co-curricular activities get more out of their time in school. When you look back on your school life, the stand out moments are often co-curricular ones – a particular sports match, school play or musical performance. SOCS was initially founded to make it easier for parents, pupils and staff to manage, communicate and engage with the school’s co-curricular programmes. We are not surprised at all that a balanced approach to co-curricular can lead to better grades.”

RK: “The broad academic curriculum we offer at Malvern is complemented by an extensive outdoor education, DoE, sports, music, arts, CCF, drama, academic activities and lectures programme. Running all of this is not a simple administrative task. The school website and the sport and co-curricular platforms provided by SOCS are absolutely key to enabling our focus on achieving our unique Malvern qualities such as resilience and collaboration.”

JKN: “We understand the enormous pressure on staff to get an activity going. At Malvern, once an activity has enrolled, rehearsals and practice commence. Students take part on a daily basis or multiple times a week. All of this needs to go smoothly for each individual’s continued development. Parents enjoy watching matches too, so they need to know where to be and when. SOCS can assist by providing a platform to schedule and organise these sessions. We also provide packages that help schools to fully digitalise the communication of each pupil’s activities schedule.”

RK: “At Malvern, our staff and coaches have been very happy with how user-friendly the SOCS system is. The online sports portal provided by SOCS is kept updated by sports teachers and coaches on the go. Parents can sync their child’s team schedule to their calendar. SOCS makes it very easy to administer individual activities. Being able to register our CCA activities in real time, pre-empt student clashes and spot pupils who have over- or under- subscribed to co-curricular commitments effectively allows us to support students and cater for their individual needs, thus creating a more balanced approach to this co-curricular element of their education. Our safeguarding is always up to date too, as the real-time mobile registers ensure we are able to point to exactly where each pupil is at all times.”

JKN: “We have been inspired by how often Malvern students exceed expectations and are very happy that SOCS has become an instrumental part of that process at the school. We hope that we can continue to enable the school to foster balance throughout each student’s journey to achieving the Malvern qualities.”

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