Chess Scotland Huge benefits for young chess players. January 1. 2, 2. 00. Aberdeen City Council website. Chess development work in City primary schools has led to improved attendance at school and better behaviour in class, according to a report going before Councillors next week. The report, by Community Learning and Development Manager Pete Hamilton, aims to update the Education and Leisure Committee on Aberdeen's Chess Development Project. The programme was launched in 2. Northfield group - Muirfield, Westerton, Quarryhill, Holy Family, Bramble Brae, Middlefield and Smithfield schools.
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The project has since been extended. Scottish Executive- funded research which was carried out to evaluate the project to date found that . The research report confirms this and points to chess as an important tool in improving attainment. A personal code of conduct is central to chess- play, and according to the report to Committee, this benefited children who were experiencing learning difficulties or mood swings, or both. This initiative has made a significant difference to classroom life, family circumstances and community development. Other key findings by the research team included: . Children gained access to a chess set, computer and chess software, books and library membership.
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The research team concluded that . Aberdeen City Council appointed a Chess Development Officer, based at Mastrick Community Centre, in 2.
The initial aims of the project, which was funded through the New Opportunities Fund Out of School Hours Learning Activities programme (OOSHLA), were to: . The project was introduced as a small- scale pilot initiative, as it was originally assumed it was unlikely to take off as a way of engaging young people in learning outwith school hours. But the report states: . The work undertaken by the project was highlighted as effective practice during a recent HMI inspection in the area. The initiative has been successful in engaging with children who have experienced difficulty settling into traditional learning situations. This funding will allow development in two further Associated Schools Groups in the South and Central areas of the city and has supported the formation of an Aberdeen Chess Academy in partnership with the University for Children and Communities. In the Northfield and St Machar feeder schools, around 3.
Primary four pupils in 1. At the end of the third year, 3. Scottish list of graded players. Significant successes were also achieved by Aberdeen pupils at local and Scottish tournaments, particularly by girls.
The Scottish Executive research grant covered a case study of children in one P4 class that received chess coaching during 2. The initial findings of the experimental study suggested that taken together, the findings for reading, spelling and comprehension support the research hypothesis that 'Chess makes a Difference'. A substantial number of chess playing family, school and community networks evolved over the period of study.
These developments formed new social and community relationships between pupils and schools; pupils and teachers; teachers and parents; parents and children; parents and parents. Councillors are being asked to note the positive evaluation of the city's Chess Development Project and the current funding arrangements. The Big Lottery Fund granted a one- year extension of funds to continue the Chess Development project with primary schools in St Machar, Torry and Kincorth groups until July.
However, the Lottery funding period for the existing after- school clubs in Aberdeen North has expired, although City Council funding of . This funding will also contribute to costs that are not covered by the Big Lottery, such as transport and website development. After July, it is likely that the University for Children and Communities will fund work in Torry under the umbrella of the 'Children's University', but funding to sustain the work in St Machar and Kincorth needs to be identified. The report states there is a nine- month shortfall in funding for the financial year 2. Councillors instruct officers to report back on sources of funding to develop and maintain the project on a sustainable basis.
The Education and Leisure Committee meets at 2pm on Monday, January 1. The study provides an in- depth account of the impact of the final year (2.
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NOF programme of Out of School Hours activities which focused on the development of chess coaching for P4 pupils and chess after- school clubs.