Why did I decide to start Boromi?
As a teacher who has had the pleasure of working in a number of classrooms over the years, from rural Dumfriesshire to central London, Boromi is an idea that very much grew out of my own experience of working directly with families with young children.
As a primary teacher, it goes without saying that I am incredibly passionate about what happens during a child’s first few years and fundamentally believe that improving opportunities in the early years is critical to improving future life outcomes.
Research is consistent in showing that, in the early years, a child's parents and their home environment are the single largest influence upon their development. However I became aware very early on in my career as a teacher that there were a whole range of reasons why my families were often struggling to provide the support their children needed at home. As a result, I worked with my parents to identify a number of barriers and challenges they were facing on a daily basis that I could offer support with, for example:
Lack of time
Limited resources at home
Feeling unsure of what to do or how to do it
This is when Boromi was born. An idea grown out of the classroom, but focused on the home.
How has Boromi grown over time?
I first began packaging up “kits” for my parents to borrow and take home. After seeing the response from families and teachers for this, I decided to raise £400 to create my first set of eight “Borrowing Boxes”, and found two schools in Streatham, South London, who trialled it for free over a term.
The feedback from this trial was overwhelmingly positive, and it was suggested that I have a go at entering the idea into the 2017 Teach First Innovation Award; a national educational competition for ideas with big potential to help tackle educational inequality.
I was absolutely blown away when my idea got through to the finals, let alone won. Up until then, Boromi was very much a part time passion, something I was just doing on the side whilst teaching because I could see it was having an impact on local families. Everything changed when I won the Innovation Award.
The support and recognition Boromi has gone on to receive has been absolutely incredible. We’ve not only gone on to win two further awards, but Boromi has most importantly been able to grow from an idea, into an established social enterprise. We are already working with schools across the country and – most importantly – making a real difference to a large number of families.
I cannot believe how far Boromi has come. I feel truly lucky to be able to work on growing our wonderful programme, and continue helping more families to enjoy connecting, talking and playing together at home.
Thanks for wanting to find out more about us!