The I Matter Challenge Award Schemes

An introduction to I Matter thinking for professionals and parents who are caring for struggling or challenging children

THE I MATTER CHALLENGE AWARD SCHEMES

 

We offer two award schemes
1.  A Personal-Professional Award Scheme
2. An Organisational-Cohort Award Scheme

These provide a structured way of sticking with an I Matter Learning journey over time so that you can see best impact

 

FIVE PROGRESSIVE LEVELS

INTRODUCTIONS
FIRST STEPS
FOUNDATION
INTERMEDIATE
SUPPORTING OTHERS

 

DO THE I MATTER CHALLENGE

SENIOR LEADERS
PROFESSIONALS 
PARENTS-CARERS 
YOUNG PEOPLE 

 

SEVEN COMPONENTS AT EACH LEVEL AND FOR EACH ROLE
CLARIFYING PRIORITIES AND SETTING MANAGEABLE GOALS
STUDYING - THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK CORE COURSES AND EXTRAS
TAKING PART IN STUDY SUPPORT CONVERSATIONS
OBSERVING CHILDREN AND SHARING LEARNING
TAKING PART IN SOME COMPLEMENTARY TRAINING
HELPING WITH ORGANISING A LOCAL ACTIVITY
CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS


FOR ADVANCED STAGE ONLY - WORKING WITH A TEAM TO RUN A RESIDENTIAL FOR NEW PARTICIPANTS

 


RUN THE I MATTER CHALLENGE

LICENSED ORGANISATIONS
APPROVED PROVIDERS OF STUDY SUPPORT AND COMPLEMENTARY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

SUPPORT THE I MATTER CHALLENGE

DONATE TO HELP BUILD THE INSIGHT AND SKILLS FOR RELATIONSHIPS AND FOR COMPASSIONATE PARENTING AND CARING



What is the I Matter Challenge Award Scheme?

The I Matter Challenge offers what can be a life-changing experience.  The I Matter Challenge Award Scheme is specifically focussed on improving the health and happiness of adult-child relationships as key to mental health and well-being of families and communities across the life span.  Participation in the Award Scheme, offers stimulating learning, new perspectives on everyday experiences, fun time chatting with others and making new friends and opportunities to discover new interests and talents.

The I Matter Challenge offers a structure through which to develop essential skills for life and work through improving confidence in core relationships as well as a valuable mark of achievement.

The I Matter Challenge Award Scheme can be used to support important thinking in a variety circumstances - supporting all generations and all key roles to successfully navigate the challenges of life.  In particular it offers a structured approach for schools and services to support better and more effective partnership with parents through introducing key insights that are key to effective working together.

The I Matter Challenge Award Scheme licenses organisations that work with adults and young people such as schools, colleges, youth groups and clubs to run I Matter Challenge programmes.    The Licensed Organisation (LO), trains and supports approved Link and Lead Professionals and Advanced practitioners in partnership with other local providers.    Professionals and parents and young people pay for a Participation Place and are supported by Links and Leads who support them through their programmes, helping them to reflect on the I Matter ideas and their implications, set personal objectives to build their confidence and achieve their Awards

 

The I Matter Challenge Award Scheme is run by I Matter Training Limited and supported by the I Matter Child and Family Bursary Scheme an unincorporated association soon to be a registered charity (nearly), funded by donations, course fees and licences. We work with LOs to increase opportunities for professionals and parents to gain the benefits of taking part in an I Matter Challenge.


CLICK HERE FOR THE e-IMATTER SITE TO REGISTER TO TAKE PART

THE I MATTER CHALLENGE ORGANISATIONAL AWARD SCHEMES 


Helping you to embed I Matter Principles in Your Organisational Practices


Organisational Change can feel challenging and overwhelming so as with all things in I Matter we believe in taking small steps
So in organisations we encourage you to think about organisation parts and networks within networks

In order to apply for an I Matter Organisational Award you can identify a team who want to work together on the award

Your team size should be 5-8 people who together share some responsibility either for an identifiable group of children and their linked adults

As a team you should be able to give yourself a name and if you are in an organisation you should have the support of your Senior Leadership

Then you can get started on your I Matter Organisational Award Scheme

 

THE FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS WITH CHALLENGING SITUATIONS
1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOG - NAME YOUR WANTS AND YOUR NOT-WANTS
2. BECOME INFORMED
3. TAKE CARE OF YOU AND BUILD YOURSELF A TEAM
4. CONNECT AND TAKE CHARGE - BUILD ROUTINES
5. FINE TUNING

 

FOUR PROGRESSIVE ORGANISATIONAL COHORT LEVELS

GETTING STARTED                                     Your group has a membership and a name and senior leadership support for Award
FIRST STEPS -                                            Min 2 of your group has completed Foundation Stage/reviewed in last 2 years
FOUNDATION - BRONZE                            Min 80% of your group have completed Tasters and 60% completed Foundation and min 1 Link
INTERMEDIATE - SILVER                             All complete Tasters, 80% Foundation Min 2/30% have completed Intermediate and min 1 Link Plus
SUPPORTING OTHERS - GOLD                    60% Intermediate and min 1 Lead

The I Matter Challenge Organisational Award Scheme helps organisations with the challenge of implmenting I Matter principles into practice.

 

GETTING STARTED - A FEW TASTERS
BRONZE - DEVELOPING STAFF INSIGHT INTO CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND THE ADULT ROLE VIA THE AWARD SCHEME
SILVER - EMBEDDING DEVELOPMENTAL THINKING IN EVERYDAY THINKING VIA THE AWARD SCHEME 
GOLD - SUPPORTING STAFF AND PARENTS EVERYDAY AND ESCALATED THROUGH AN EFFECTIVE INHOUSE PROGRAMME VIA THE AWARD SCHEME 
PLATINUM - SUPPORTING OTHER INSTITUTIONS

 

Elements of Every I Matter Organisational Challenge Award  Level

1.  Complete an audit and embed thinking in school development action plan cycle
2.  Complete some study of I Matter Framework (staff core understanding, developmental thinking, working effectively with parents to build skills)
3.  Take part in supportive conversations 
4.  Watch children and adults affectionately with insights from I Matter study programme
5.  Take part in other relevant linked training
6.  Help out in taking a linked initiative forward
7.  Celebrate progress on milestones