Fit 2 Learn sees a new way to help all our children learn

A Croydon-based company, Fit 2 Learn, is applying the lessons learned in Olympic-level sports science to ensure that all children can get the most from their education.

Child learningFit 2 Learn is challenging the idea that learning difficulties are a life-long condition. “If you sort out the basic developmental issues and fill in the gaps in learning, most people are able to go on to learn anything they want,” Charlotte Davies, a director of the company, said.

“For too long in this country we have had a short-term, non-scientific approach to learning. We need long-term strategies that ensure that children are ready to go on to secondary school as independent, able learners.”

Fit 2 Learn looks at a wide range of ways in which a child develops in order to identify any areas which are not fully developed. Then they use games and physical exercises to help the child fill in the gaps in their development and learning.

They are already piloting their work in schools in Croydon and Sutton. “We would suggest that any child that is not achieving level five in Key Stage 2 tests has some barrier to learning – for Croydon in 2013 that was more than 3,000 pupils in just the one year group. We have to have a more able population if we are to fulfill the ambitions for Croydon,” Davies said.

The work involves looking at areas such as:
How well does a child control their muscles and use both their left and right sides of their body together
• How well a child’s eyes move together. Some 80 per cent of learning in a secondary school is done visually, so if the eyes are not working together, then learning can become a real challenge. Most people have little idea whether their eyes work together properly.

This Friday, June 20, Fit 2 Learn, together with members of the teaching staff from the pilot schools, are staging a seminar on their school screening and what they have observed to date.

The work of Fit 2 Learn has been well supported by the community from the start, from a wide range of groups from Praise House Church, which hosted an early presentation; to Croydon South Rotary, who are looking for ways to offer financial and non-financial support; academic and research support from Bedford University and Munich University; and to the more than £25,000 which the company raised in a social enterprise bond to fund the pilot studies.

“Key to all of our community support has been the appreciation that a large number of the youngsters involved in the Croydon riots of 2011 had learning difficulties,” Davies said.

Working with Fit 2 Learn is a young apprentice Jack Kew, who is also working with the anti-youth crime charity, Lives Not Knives, to document the experiences of young people undertaking apprenticeships.

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2 Responses to Fit 2 Learn sees a new way to help all our children learn

  1. east1956 says:

    Every primary school head should attend this as a matter of course if the results are as impressive as are claimed. Also all the CEOs of the incoming hi-tech companies need to get on board to encourage the development of a high skill workforce. As for the political leadership, well past performance doesn’t augur well…..

  2. I’m someone who’s been through the process that Fit2Learn is offering and I’ve got to say that it’s like a miracle.

    At six I was struggling with the basics at school, and then at 13 I was so ahead that I was able to jump a year. It’s definitely the best thing I ever did and I passionately believe every child should go through this process with Fit2Learn

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