Neil Harris and Judith Tolhurst complete a hugely successful six-week project coaching Year Six children in the run up to SATs

Neil and Judith visited 5 primary schools in North Somerset to work with both groups and individuals, holding 6 40-minute coaching sessions. The sessions were activity based with a coaching theme, aiming to get the pupils in a positive mind-set for their SATs and to focus on what they needed to do in the months preceding the tests. As you can see from what the children themselves have said they found the sessions very useful. The sessions boosted their confidence and focussed their minds on what they needed to practice in the weeks leading up to their tests.

Here’s what the children had to say:

"Mr. Mighty Brain helped me learn that I can do it!"

“Mr. Mighty Brain helped me learn that I can do it!”


Out of all the things we have done: ‘imagine 25’, ‘the balance wheel’, ‘the target cards’, ‘the good work recipe’, ‘the bookmark’, which has been the most useful?

  • The good work recipe.
  • The bookmark because it boosted my confidence.
  • The target cards because it gave me a good reason to do homework.
  • The Imagine 25 because I now know what I want to do in the future.
  • The balance wheel has helped me a lot.

What have you learned about yourself?

  • That I can do it.
  • That if you have the confidence, you can do anything.
  • I don’t need to be worried about SATs.
  • I have learned persistence, I used to skip reading the questions but now I read through again.
  • Mr Mighty Brain helped me learn that I can do it.
  • I have realised that I need to re-read the questions and I am more confident in Maths.
  • That you need to practice, it really works.
  • That if you think positively, you do better – this has worked in my practice tests.

You have got SATs in a couple of weeks how has coaching helped with that?

  • That I can do it and I now believe more in myself.
  • It helped me to have a positive attitude.
  • It’s helped me understand that it’s up to me and I know what to do.
  • It’s helped me relax and have more confidence.
  • It has given me pride in what I do.

You can download the Yatton Year 6 Coaching Evaluation here