SHOCK Programme



Pupils with their SHOCK certificates

SHOCK aims to encourage positive attitudes to learning by providing an alternative to developing key basic skills that will stay will children for life whilst raising self-esteem and confidence, widening and sharing knowledge, providing new opportunities and contributing to good health.

Using growth mindset strategies, children participate in activities that will:

  • Develop their reflective skills and learn how to take on feedback positively through peer to peer learning
  • Develop their resilience and determination enabling them to overcome challenges
  • Feel empowered to take their own steps to resolve their own problems
  • Develop an attitude that ‘I can’t doing YET!’:

BiG’s SHOCK programme has been tried and tested within many schools, making positive differences to the 500+ children who have attended, with testimony from head teachers, senior lead officials and parents.

quote openMy son needs less encouragement to try new things and if he doesn’t achieve the first time he now says, its ok I just need to practise”
Mother of 10 year old son who participated in SHOCK programmequote open in 2017

Since its pilot in 2011, BiG has delivered SHOCK in many primary schools and Dunraven secondary School in Streatham London – in 2016 – supporting many teenage boys and girls with social and behaviour challenges.

quote openThe SHOCK programme has given my daughter confidence to take on new challenges and believe in herself
Mother of 10 year old daughter enrolled on SHOCK programmequote open in 2017

SHOCK is a specialist programme and is delivered to a targeted group of children selected by school leaders who they identify as underperforming within the school’s expectations, either due to confidence or behavioural issues. The practical activities combined with class-based interactive group work encourages the students to believe that they can increase their achievements through effort and dedication, and that their inferior or stereotyped ‘place’ in school or life is not set. They are more motivated and therefore hard working and better behaved, resulting in higher achievement.

quote openFrom participating in SHOCK I noticed that 52% of my class’s attitude to learning had improved, 60% of their behaviour had improved, 96% of them seemed more confident with higher self esteem, 68% of them seemed more engaged in the classroom, 76% of the class appeared more respectful, 80% of the children’s reading had improved, 84% of their mental maths ability had improved and 100% of their writing had improved.
Taiwo Labinjo Year 4 Teacher, Immanuel & St Andrews Primarquote openy School

Here is a summary evaluation report of my findings from my pilot in 2011.
More details on the pilot can be found in the full report.

You can also find some pictures and a video production on the pilot in the Gallery page

Here is the first Shock Brochure published at the beginning of 2013 whic