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Monkhouse U&K award winners

Monkhouse U&K award winners

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Useful and Kind Schools Research in partnership with North Tyneside Learning Trust.


We aim to identify the most effective and impactful ways to increase Useful & Kind (prosocial) behaviour to self, others and the world in schools

Children and young people in North Tyneside Learning Trust schools trialled a variety of interventions to see over a two month period what can make the greatest difference.

So congratulations to Alfie, Laila, Emily, Oliver, Bethan, Rihanna, Cruz, Katie, Maddie, Emily, Charlie, Macey, James, Finlay and Kelly who won Useful and Kind awards this week.

We are using our SOW model. How can you be Useful and Kind to Self, Others and the World in three categories: planting, growing and flourishing.

A school and its people are essential to the growth and learning of a community. They are a vibrant part of community life now and inform its future by the values, focus, learning and way of being, modelled by governors, staff and pupils.

This project aims to look at ways in which schools can be the agents for the prosocial change so needed if we are to act collaboratively to make the world a better place.

Prosocial behaviour refers to values and actions that are useful and kind to self, others, groups, and the world.  We want to discover how schools are helping to promote this important message amongst young people. This short survey will take no more than five minutes to complete, but your response could help us to shape future education interventions: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RTBGHJR

Are trainee teachers encouraged to consider prosocial behaviour when planning lessons? Is there a whole school approach to promoting usefulness and kindness amongst students? Are there individual teachers already working hard to promote prosocial behaviour in their classrooms? 

We hope that this short survey can help us to celebrate those who are already striving to promote the prosocial message, and to identify how and where Useful and Kind Unlimited might be able to help.

Schools face myriad pressures: time, resource, legislation, ever-changing political direction, additional initiatives, testing, inspection and many more. How can schools be more Useful & Kind? How can they model and develop prosocial leadership, where generosity and kindness are at the heart of what they do? What does this mean for governance, staff development, engagement with the Third Sector and international aspiration?

Some questions we are exploring:

  • What is the best way to develop kindness and prosocial leadership in schools?

  • How can you create Useful and Kind leadership, management, values and activities in a school community?

  • What is the neuroscience behind kindness?

  • How can we better engage with our communities to be useful and kind?

  • How can we develop empathy, compassion and action?

  • How best can we be socially engaged to make a better world?

  • What can we learn from key historic prosocial leaders?

  • How can we evaluate the outcomes of our prosocial behaviour.

Those helping us:

  • Catriona Stewart, Head, Kingsmead Community Primary School, Cheshire

  • Chris Jeffrey, Head, Bootham School, Quaker Foundation School, York

  • David Bryan, Governor, Dunraven School, Lambeth

  • Lauren Holmes, U&K Education researcher

  • Maggie Farrar, International Education Consultant



Our first project with young prosocial leaders will be a week-long residential personal and leadership development programme for young prosocial leaders (Year 11) at Bootham School, York in July 2018.

Thirty young people will be drawn from our hubs in Bristol, Merseyside and the North East.

programme aims to

  • support, sustain, nurture, challenge and develop a group of young prosocial leaders

  • help young people who want to develop their prosocial leadership and are considering a life of prosocial work and leadership

  • select and work with up to thirty year 11s annually

  • train, support, develop and mentor them (in their regions)

  • develop the ideas and practice of prosocial leadership

  • model practical outcomes from being Useful and Kind

  • develop pro-social leadership: awareness, ideas, research, debate and practice which can lead to a better, fairer more sustainable future

  • work in collaboration and partnership with others

  • be a value-led, effective, efficient, caring and sustainable partner

  • stimulate a cross-sector collaborative learning culture


  • run a week-long summer development programme combining, training, mentoring, residential and practical work

  • align the work to leadership in four key areas (SDGs) of: health, education, inequality and poverty eradication

  • engage participants in practical prosocial leadership projects in York and their own communities

  • develop potential prosocialleaders in reflective, mindful, value-led, sustainable, psychologically informed and intelligent leadership

  • help young prosocial leaders develop the skills and behaviours needed to help them achieve a better world (leadership, communication, social media, campaigning, finance.)

The project will draw on:

  • ideas from the Useful & Kind network of prosocial leaders

  • leadership theory and development

  • practical projects in the York community and ongoing work in the participants’ own communities

  • the work, research and practice, of the Mindful Leadership Foundation

  • prosocial behaviour

  • social psychology

  • therapeutic approaches

  • mindful leadership

  • behavioural psychology

The Participants

Each participant will have already demonstrated outstanding prosocial leadership in school and community activities. We are looking for people who have wanted to do something to help others and got on and done it.

We will be announcing more details of the project at the end of 2017.

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