Sami loves to play and learn new things, but can’t do it in a way, or at a speed, that others see as successful.

Good Ideas 2020 has now concluded and after the Edinburgh Social Innovation Showcase, run online due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have 11 new social innovators working hard to make an impact. Let us introduce you to the Edinburgh Class and opportunities to work with them to deliver social change.

Each Class member has a unique request. A specific ask that, if fulfilled, will help them make a bigger impact in this next stage. Read on to find out if you can help Claire Watson make change.

The future is uncertain and that shouldn’t stop us developing ideas for change. At Good Ideas we understand the benefits to bringing people together for collaboration and support, and this year’s Class in Edinburgh was no exception.

Claire Watson AdHart
Claire Watson
Founder of AdHArt

Among these people is Claire Watson the founder of AdHart, which looks at preventative mental health and inactivity strategies. The goal of which being to reduce referrals to children’s mental health services and increase the amount of activity kids choose to take part in. Her approach focuses on skill acquisition through inclusive lesson design for 7 to 12 year olds.

Marginalization / The Problem

“Imagine a baby called Sami. Sami was born prematurely with less than a kilo and a half. And because Sami’s birthday is in February, they start school at four and a half. A full year, or 20% younger than others in their year group.

Sami loves to play and learn new things, but can’t do it in a way, or at a speed, that others see as successful. You can probably conclude that, like many young people, Sami’s experience of school isn’t great.”

Claire’s experience of school wasn’t great either. It wasn’t noticed that she might be dyslexic until she failed her higher English at 16. Not because of a bad teacher, simply due to a change in teaching style.

Inclusive Design / The Solution

“In 2020 I launched AdHart. We believe in collaborative and inclusive design. We want to work with parents and carers who feel overwhelmed, frustrated and powerless. We want to work with teachers who are overstretched with unmanageable workloads. We want to help schools with limited budgets to do the best they can for their pupils. And most of all, we want to help young people who because of their difference are not getting full access and support in their learning. With all of your help, we can do better.”

Claire Watson, AdHart

There always will always be challenges in education, but there are also opportunities. How can we help kids thrive? How can we start to address the problems of increasing referrals to children’s mental health services, and falling levels of physical activity? How can we support and empower teachers, parents and carers to be our champions in this fight?

AdHart’s goal is to create active inclusive lessons where children can learn they are capable, that allow them to have more wins. Not just marginalized children like Sami but all children, so they leave primary with the skills and knowledge that allow them to fully access their education and thrive. If we help everyone, we all move forward. An approach to long term learning is to everyone’s benefit.

Diversity of Ideas / The Experience

Claire started her Good Ideas journey in 2018, attending Camp, and after being unable to continue that year due to travel she joined Class in 2020.

“It’s been great. It’s interesting, because of the diversity of ideas and opinions within the Class. This wouldn’t be a group that I would have ever come across in any other situation. The opportunity to get their feedback on different ideas, often just watching their faces when I’m explaining my idea, let’s me know when I need to rephrase something. The ongoing support has been great from both Julie and Helen and all the participants in the class.

When we transferred online because of Covid-19 somethings became even easier. It’s been easier to arrange out of class meetings online and get a group together to practice our pitching. Everyone’s really enthusiastic, helpful and has great insights into how you can improve things and how you can do things differently.”

Excited about Equity and Inclusion? / The Asks

Claire would like to speak to anyone who gets excited about sharing ideas on equity and inclusion, works with anything to do with education, has personal experience of being marginalized or who has a child who isn’t enjoying their education. If any of those are you please get in touch. You can check out the brand new website, adhart.scot, where you can get involved by recording your story, helping build the reading list or joining a co-design event.

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Can you work with Claire to #HelpMakeChange?

Claire is one of our many wonderful Alumni doing good things with her Good Ideas. If you would like to support Good Ideas to help others like Claire please let us know.

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