Listen to pupils from Norman Street
Primary School with their UCS Rap!
The awards are supported by business and business leaders from the local area and celebrate everything that is great across the Primary school communities we’re privileged to be involved in.
Sharing the great work that children have achieved and showcasing their successes and talents is incredibly rewarding for all involved!
Watch last years award highlights >>
Watch Bars & Melody on BGT >>
The 3rd Annual U Can Shine Awards take place over 3 exciting nights - 23rd, 24th and 25th June. Over 3,500 pupil's and families will be attending from 10 Primary schools from across Carlisle and West Cumbria. School teachers from all participating schools will be nominating pupils for Attendance, Resilience, Respect, Attitude, Resilience, Literacy Progress, Numeracy Progress, Self-motivation, Special Recognition, Sporting Achievement, Communication and Community Awards.
On the night there’ll also be terrific performances from each school involved with special performances each night from Britain’s Got Talent Duo ‘Bars and Melody’
“WOW!!! Sensational evening for children, parents and staff of our schools. It inspires our community, including local business, to come together to celebrate our children’s successes and show our belief in what they can achieve in the future.”
Chris Wilkins, Head teacher
Jose Hodgkins, Head teacher
Tuesday 23rd June
Wednesday 24th June
Thursday 25th June
'We're all born to fly'
Childhood is a precious time. Here at U Can Shine we value this more than anything because today our children are growing up in a world that is rapidly changing in complexity, scale and challenge. Our programmes aim to equip children with essential ‘life skills’ that help them develop successfully at school, achieve in their wider lives and lay the foundations to find their own pathway to succeed in life.
Our mission is to work within more school communities to inspire and build children’s confidence to raise aspirations, transform their life opportunities and ignite their self-confidence.
Listen to Robbie Dee's interview with Shaun >>
"The UCS awards are truly inspirational!!!"
June 23rd - 25th
If you’re looking to transform children’s self-belief, unleash their amazing potential
and equip them for life... you’ve come to the right place!
Many moons ago…growing up as a young lad - school life didn’t teach, prepare or show me how to believe in myself, perform at my best or equip me with the skills and attributes I’ve needed to survive out in the real world.
Over the past 15 years; Shaun Weatherhead a former footballer, has gained a wealth of experience in the design, development and delivery of highly effective personal motivational programmes. Initially working as a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry, and for the last ten years has focused on life, performance and motivational coaching with business and education.
Inspiring Children in their most impressionable years in life
In 2000; after becoming a dad, Shaun developed his skills further... so he could cope as a parent!! Improving his skills then led to life coaching kids and so began U Can Shine… helping children boost their confidence, value themselves, develop their self-belief and empower them with skills that make them ‘life fit’. He has since coached over 50,000 pupils in primary schools across the North of England achieving amazing results!
From Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is married to Kath and is a proud father to Leah, Rylee and Remi.
Life skills: Reality
Our children today; more than at any other time before, need to learn and understand the importance and value of displaying a positive attitude. Our programmes equip pupils with 'essential skills' where they develop...
...thus enabling them to achieve more, grow up aspirational and contribute positivley to society.
‘I personally believe; when it comes to testing children in school, they should also be judged and valued for displaying terrific attitudes, resilience, creativity and work ethic. Such values as respect, manners and contributing to school life positively has to be valued even higher’
Head teacher Chris Wilkins
St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School
Head teacher Jose Hodgkins
Peterill Bank Commnuity School
“U Can Shine is such a valuable programme. It is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to learn skills and attributes such as attitude, resilience and self-motivation that make a significant contribution to life long learning.”
Headteacher Nick Page
Norman Street Primary School
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Raising aspirations and inspiring the UK's young people to
develop essential skill sets ready for the world of work
Getting involved creates huge benefits
to your organisation
Invest in the future economic wellbeing of young people and make a positive difference now.
Prominent business man Fred Story of Story homes visited Petteril Bank Community School, Carlisle to see what primary school children had created as part of a kit car competition
Engaging business involvement
we aim to...
"As a Cumbrian organisation, whose workforce is almost exclusively from the county, we are fully behind any initiative that is going to improve the education and aspirations of people who are the future of our businesses"
Director Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd
UCS promotion on CFM
"They were really impressive. What impressed me was that they really thought it through. They didn’t just ask for money. They had a list of publicity opportunities and thought about how to involve our staff. They thought about the customer and that’s a great lesson for future life"
Fred Story. Story Homes
"In February, U Can Shine involvement in the brightstars competition in school completely transformed the perspectives of the yr 5/6 pupils to what they can achieve, work towards and aspire to. It gave them the motivational boost they needed to believe in themselves, sky rocketed their self- confidence and throughout the whole process equipped them with essential skills including collaboration, resilience, budgeting, marketing, promotion and presenting. As a result, we now have a group of young, eager and hungry individuals who understand the necessary talents and capabilities businesses require in the world of work"
Sarah Lee, Teacher Petteril Bank Community School
Petteril Bank Competition branding
Centre for Leadership Performance
Petteril Bank Kit Car Competition
Story Homes | Leadership project
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Petteril Bank Community School Bright Stars Competition
How much was raised?......
Here at U Can Shine
we mean business
How about a motivational seminar or workshop for your own staff?
Businesses are constantly striving to look at ways in which they can improve. Whether it’s...
At U Can Shine, we mean business at every level - the potential future of your workforce; through inspiring young kids in schools, and by also focusing on your current employees through engagement and involvement with our programmes.
Getting involved can create an exciting opportunity for your business on two fronts:
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If so, we’re looking for school communities across the UK to get involved in our inspirational U Can Shine motivational roadshows.
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Further roadshow launches in September 2015 across Cumbria, South Yorkshire and Manchester.
"The road show was a fantastic way to start the U Can Shine Programme. It was energetic, uplifting, inspiring and motivational for pupils and staff. It gave our children a real confidence boost and outlined just how important high aspirations and attitude to learning really are! The road show celebrated personal achievements of pupils through school and gave them just a taster of what is to come at The Sands Centre in the summer term. Shaun, Jordan and Robbie were a great team and really pulled our school community together."
Sally Wright. Dept Headteacher, Valley Primary School, Whitehaven.
Assistant Headteacher Valley Primary School, Whitehaven
"The U Can Shine motivational road show was a wonderful 10 week series of high energy, inspirational workshops visiting schools all over Cumbria. Building children’s confidence to believe in themselves, talk about their hopes for the future and what jobs they’d perhaps like to do was brilliant! Thank you to all schools, teaching staff, mums, dads and many others all connected to school communities who took part. It was an incredible privilege to be part of, meet you all... and we had a tremendous amount of fun doing it!"
7,8,9...U Can Shine!
Robbie Dee, CFM Radio