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Curious Minds is both delighted and excited to announce that a recent Partnership Investment project with Accrington Academy - United Learning Trust has been shortlisted in the CPD category of the prestigious national TeachCo Teach Secondary Awards 2020.
In the early days of lockdown Curious Minds worked with the Academy to repurpose an existing creative and cultural partnership agreement, so that they would be able to more effectively address and respond to the challenging situation on the ground. A programme has been developed with three strands, to support both staff and pupils through lockdown and to help them transition back into day-to-day post-lockdown school life.
Moving forward, building on this initial phase of the project, there will be direct work with students.
Providing Sanctuary will enable students to develop skills in coping with anxiety and dealing with anger through self-regulation, and will help use creativity to deal with issues that have arisen through lockdown. A sanctuary space will be created in the school and this will be a quiet place for pupils to enhance their well-being and resilience. Pastoral staff will be trained by Penny Moon of A Quiet Place to deliver the programmes.
Telling Our Stories is the third strand of the project. Nick Hennessey – an oral story teller - will plan and design a series of stories which will be framed around the development of resilience and overcoming challenges. He will deliver interactive remote sessions for groups of students, which will be shared across Key Stage 3 and will encourage students to write their own narratives of this unique period of time. It the same time, a CPD session will be delivered for staff to promote ongoing story telling skills.
As this excellent project continues to drive positive change and wellbeing for young people still coming to terms with the effects of lockdown, we look forward to hearing further news of the TeachCo award process. The Uncertainty Principle project is in good company, with a strong field of shortlisted nominees and we are proud to be amongst them.