Parents / Carers

How you can make a difference

Working together to benefit your child

We know that you want the best for your child, which is why we actively encourage parents to support us and even take part in our programmes. With your support, we can work together to help your child achieve their true potential, not just in school but at home and into the future too. Studies have shown that when parents and schools work in partnership, children’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can improve greatly. Some key SEL skills we can help to develop include:

  • Self-awareness – recognising feelings and managing anger
  • Understanding – developing empathy
  • Responsibility – making decisions based on long term consequences
  • Relationships – saying no to peer pressure and positively resolving conflicts

Changing lives

When young people master these skills they are much more likely to succeed in school and life. They will be:

  • Happier and more confident
  • Less prone to drug and alcohol use, depression or violence
  • Much more engaged at school and at home

How you can help

Children want their parents to guide and teach them. A recent poll found that 86% of 10 to 17 year olds said their parents were very important influences in their lives, while only 22% said TV, movies and popular music were. Your involvement in your child’s development during and after their experience with us is really important. Why not find out more about how you can play a part? You might also want to read what others have said about working with us.

Heroes Programme for parents

We are often in contact with parents whose children have completed our Heroes Programme and who appreciate the changes they have seen.

‘Back Your Hero’ – workshop for parents

Children who have completed the Heroes Programme are able to relate better to others, solve their own problems and express themselves more positively. In response to this the Kick Start Training team have come up with ‘Back Your Hero’, a 1 1/2 hour workshop for parents. It gives parents and carers a taste of their children’s journey of discovery through similar exercises and activities to the Heroes Programme, helps them to understand their child’s personal, social and emotional needs and encourages them to empathise and be more supportive and more involved in their children’s development. Contact Us

Sir Ken Robinson Educationalist and Author

  For anyone young or old to discover their passion and creativity can be a marvellous and life changing discovery. Therefore I give my full support to Joe and his team at Kick Start Enterprise in helping young people discover their true worth, creativity and passion.  

Professor Tim Bond Head of School, Graduate School Education


My curiosity about this programme grew from the positive experiences of participants reported to me by their head teachers. I followed this up and asked to see the programme and the materials used and can see why it is so inspirational.


Nicole Cerullo Teacher, Henbury School


We found that the students really engaged with Joe on his Dare to Dream workshop. The workshop was engaging, stimulating and informative. Joe came across with a great deal of energy. I would certainly recommend the Dare to Dream programme.


Elisabeth Gilpin Head Teacher, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School


I’ve been really impressed with the workshops Joe has carried out with some of my pupils. As a result there’s been a noticeable improvement in the behaviour and attitude towards school in all of the students who’ve attended.


Graeme Barry, St Andrews


Beautifully facilitated, the Malay exercise is particularly good.


Teacher, Paulton Infant


Just right! Thank you – plenty of food for thought and awareness raising.


Kathryn Catherwood, Bath Spa Teacher


Very Informative. Provided things to consider and apply when new children arrive at school.


Parent of 11 year old boy


I overheard my 11-year old son coaching his older brother on the benefits of self-belief and having a goal after attending your session.


Krystyna Hill, St Gregory’s Catholic College


Judith always enlightens us with how to proceed in our next phase. She has done some marvellous training with our new EAL support teacher who is beginning to understand the needs of EAL students either when first arriving in school or during transition from primary school. Judith is essential to keep EAL students as a priority.


Cameron, Age 11 - March 08


I’ve learned that the right way isn’t always popular with my friends and what’s popular with my friends isn’t always right.


Teacher, Bridge Farm Primary School


The pupils really engaged with Joe and found the whole experience of goal setting fun and stimulating. Joe’s workshops have given us a great foundation from which to work in raising the expectations of every child.


Teacher, Wansdyke Primary School


Wow! What a great deal of fun. The children really loved the opportunity to talk about their dreams and goals.