Hartlepool school uses ‘chimp model’ psychology technique to improve performance

The Hartlepool Mail reports that a local school is using similar mind techniques of the British Olympic Cycling team to inspire students to achieve their full potential.

High Tunstall College of Science is using “The Chimp Paradox Model” which was developed by psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who has used the model with a large number of professional athletes including the Olympic Cycling team and Liverpool Football Club.

The theory is designed to help develop individuals, giving them the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose their emotions. Andrew Hare, teacher of discovery at the school, said:

“The Chimp Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into an easy to use model.

It “was piloted with a view to giving extra support to a small cohort of students who display challenging behaviours at school.”

The aims were; first to challenge students’ emotional and unhelpful thinking processes and the second was to teach students about the order in which information is processed within the brain, so they could avoid reacting emotionally and disproportionally to events in their daily lives.

Students then had two 30-minute meetings each week with learning coaches trained in the chimp principles, in which their behaviours and suitable methods for tackling similar incidents in the future were discussed, and goals set.

Mr Hare added: “It will help students to develop and give them the emotional skills and positive habits to remove negative emotions and develop more confidence and helpful behaviours within school.”

High Tunstall is the first 11-16 school in the UK to gain the STEM Assured Award for its commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths.

Mr Hare’s work with the Chimp Paradox Model has gained national interest from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) which has recently been published in their Spring 2017 Journal.

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