“Like you, I’m just a parent who wants the best for my children.”
Ash Sharma from Birmingham, father of three became an accidental author when trying to engage with his daughter, Nicole, over her homework. Ash regularly tried to help, but it wasn’t going well:
“She was bored, I was bored and we were not getting far. I needed to find another way to make it fun so I could help her catch up and get to grips with what she was being taught at school.”
After unsuccessfully trying a series of traditional educational books, Ash started his own research into the subjects and discovered a hidden talent of being able to convert academic content into easy to understand fun, and engaging crosswords and puzzles. Very quickly Nicole became a confident learner and her behaviour towards school work changed. Suddenly, Maths and English fell into place and homework time turned from being a chore into fun time.
As a way of capturing the memories of the fun and emotional bridge building journey they had shared together, Ash gathered up all his sheets of paper and turned them into a colourful animated puzzle book. Not only did he suprise himself , he was able to present Nicole with her very own first SKIPS book.
SKIPS inspires people to pass on the benefits to others. Ash’s daughter shared the puzzles with friends, her teacher shared the book with Waterstones and a parent shared the book with the local Council. Within a year the Times Educational Supplement made SKIPS their ‘Resource of the Week’, recommending the books to over 20,000 schools.
“I’m so proud of what Nicole and I have achieved and of the magnificent memories we shared. By making education fun, it enabled us to put a spark into home study and remove all the bellyaching. Being able to help many other children and their families to have fun learning and spending quality time together is such a wonderful feeling.Every child has potential and every child matters. ”
SKIPS now have many titles that are proven to enhance engagement and provide families with the educational framework and structure needed at home, so pupils can make good progress. SKIPS have become the go-to organisation for many businesses, local authorities and philanthropists who want to develop community educational programmes as part of their corporate social responsibility. Most recently, the Home Office has accredited the SKIPS Safety Net- keeping children safe online behaviour change programme. A blended approach of unique resources and the upskilling of both teachers and parents thorough CPD teacher training and parental workshops to help build digital resilience.