At home, Timmy is the middle child of nine siblings and they live together with mum and dad in their four-bedroom house. At school, his teachers say that, despite having plenty of potential, he has never been bothered about learning or wanting to achieve. Sadly, statistics show that where a child grows up can have a profound impact on their performance throughout school.
“I always found school really boring,” explains Timmy. “I just never really wanted to learn or do my homework. I found writing and reading hard too.”
Concerned for his future and his lack of motivation, Timmy’s school got in touch with a local church that offered coaching with TLG Early Intervention. Timmy’s coach Rachel began meeting with him on a regular basis for an hour each week.
“When we started coaching, it was immediately clear that Timmy just had no aspiration and zero desire to achieve anything,” says Rachel. “I was really struck when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Most kids normally reel off a list of jobs they’d like to do. With Timmy there was nothing. He didn’t want to be anything. He didn’t care. He didn’t want to learn. He had no goals for the future.”
In their times together, Rachel was able to provide Timmy with encouragement and words of hope, showing him that he could achieve anything he wanted to. Her words resonated with Timmy and he started receiving reward points in school almost instantly.
Timmy’s mum Sue has noticed a huge difference in him. “On the days that Timmy met with Rachel, he always got up on time and he’d rush down the hill. He was always excited to be in school on those days. Nowadays, he actually asks to do his homework and his reading!”
It’s the praise that Timmy’s received from his teachers that’s meant the most to him. He was beyond excited to show Rachel his school planner this September. It was full of positive comments about how his attitude to learning has changed. One page reads, “Timmy has started this year like a new child. His attitude to learning is great. Keep it up!”
Timmy sees his future very differently now.
“When I’m older I want to be a policeman, or a vet or own a café! I know which secondary school I want to go to and I’d like to go to university after that.”
If it weren’t for Rachel, Timmy could have slipped into a lifetime of low aspiration and joblessness. But thankfully, now, he has just one word to describe school: great!