About Impact


IMPACT provides your learners with:

Ground-breaking, world class scientifically proven pyscho-metric assessments

Endorsement by an Ofqual accredited awarding organisation, Qualifi

Content for level 1,2,3 and designed for KS2

Content deliverable via PC, tablet, laptop and mobile devices

Engaging teaching, learning and assessment materials that are continuously updated to remain constant and relevant

Progression and career guidance at all levels and matched specifically to the learner at Level 3

Support given to learners based on their emotional intelligence not just outcomes.

Impact Team

IMPACT is a trading name of GFG Education Ltd. The three founding members have a wealth of experience in the education sector. For many years they have pioneered the need for fundamental changes to the way teaching, learning and assessment is delivered to all learners.

  • Julie has over twenty years experience in education and management. She has a number of key quality roles including as a school, college and industry inspector and advisor as well as the responsibility for setting up new systems and teams to ensure that regulatory requirements are not only met but exceeded too.

    As a qualified teacher Julie enjoys working within education for both regulatory and awarding organisations as well as being a successful author, lecturer, moderator, chair of examiners, chief examiner and a respected trainer and assessor. Julie was for many years Quality Advisor to the Amateur Swimming Association Awarding Body.

    As an international swimmer Julie has won fourteen national titles and held British and European records as well as a world number one ranking. She is a keen Derby County supporter.

  • Malcolm is regarded as one of the foremost psychologist in UK Sport and has worked in the Education sector for over 25 years. He began working in schools for disadvantaged learners where he won the award for Deputy Head Teacher of the year. For the past 14 years he has worked for Southampton Football Club as Lead Psychologist.

    Malcolm has developed many ground breaking learning innovations that have helped Southampton Football Club to be recognised as one of the most successful Academies in world football.

  • Russell has worked in the Sports industry for over 35 years. He began his career within professional football as a player, progressing into the Sports Management and Sports Education sectors. Teaching in a private football academy, he soon progressed to be Head of Education at Leicester City where he formed a working partnership with Malcolm Frame, then Head of Education at Southampton FC. The pair shared a belief that technology driven by social and digital media would radically change the learning styles and behaviours of not only the elite players under their guidance but moreover all learners. The pair has worked together on many projects including award winning e-learning programmes designed for the London 2012 Olympic games.

    In 2011 Russell established the REFA Academy in Valencia which was designed to provide young talented players from countries with poor or no player development programmes with opportunities to develop alongside and to the standard of players in Western European countries. In addition, players are required to attain high academic levels and learn to speak in two or three languages. The Academy has Emotional Intelligence at the core of its model and is achieving outstanding results.


Emotional intelligence is critical to success in all walks of life, especially at this time for students working their way through school, college and apprenticeships under the influence of social media.

Emotional intelligence follows the basic design of our brains. Emotions evolved as an adaptive system to our world; it is our survival mechanism. Emotions sit in a very privileged position in the brain and help us create meaning and a sense of purpose. However, when we are upset and unmanaged they have the power to overcome our thinking and drive our behaviour, stopping us from thinking clearly and behaving in ways that are inappropriate; disrupting our task focus, distorting how we perceive and understand situations/events and taking our mind off what is relevant to what we’re doing. This emotional and social management ability is fundamental to learning, building productive relationships, and performing at our best.

Digital schizophrenia

We are listening to voices outside of our control and outside ourselves. We give them more relevance than our own thoughts. We take guidance from them rather than being really present with our own thoughts.

There is no pathway for emotions within social media. You don not have to face the person you are communicating with, making it easy to be negative and not perceive the hurt it causes. It is easy to believe that you have lots of ‘friends’ following you on social media but unfortunately it is not always for all the right reasons.

The scenarios we provide include simulations of everyday teenage issues around using social media and the challenges it brings such as maintaining healthy friendships and relationships in the larger community. Learners get the chance to observe life-like events and start to develop a ‘commitment values’ approach that manages impulsive behaviour to what is workable for them and others.

This learning journey will allow them to reflect on the feelings of themselves and others and the cause of such feelings whether good or bad. Our Impact programme will bring awareness of the critical moments and help students pause and think about their behaviour and consequences. They especially benefit through understanding that emotions drive thoughts and behaviours and to be mindful before they act.

Self-awareness is crucial in this progression and we encourage students to find out more about their Emotional Intelligence and behavioural style. This greater self-awareness helps them reflect on differences between individuals and gives them the tools to show more understanding in the search for more effective communication on and offline.

Integrating our minds

Face to face interaction is on the decline for young people and it is affecting their emotional and social skills. Our brains are designed by evolution to communicate face to face but due to social media we have less opportunity for growth and thus we are losing our emotional and social skills.

At Impact we believe in embedding this emotional and social development into the lessons; making young people aware of the pitfalls as well as the emotional and social understanding needed in this virtual and digital world.

The future is coming and we are striving to look at how we can harness the technology of the virtual and digital world to allow our young people to develop their emotional and social skills. Such skills will help them to regulate their emotions, stay focused and work through communication challenges with a variety of different personalities. Our aim is to make sure that the digital world is full of engaging opportunities that help develop core skills.

Learning Providers

IMPACT Social Skills in a Digital World provides your organisation with a new type of educational experience with real time assessment.

Mapping to the outstanding grade descriptors for Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, IMPACT includes all teaching, learning and assessment with no marking by the teacher. IMPACT can be delivered entirely through tutorials or enrichment programmes - the choice is yours and no additional staffing or timetabling needed.

The programme has embedded psycho-metric assessments to provide you with clinically proven objective and subjective data that measures the emotional intelligence of all your learners.

Topics covered include

  • British Values
  • Radicalisation
  • Sexting / Grooming
  • Cyber Bullying
  • FGM
  • Racism
  • Safeguarding

Core modules

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