I just wanted to let you know that the St. Bernards event last Friday was amazing.
The Year 10 took so much out of the day and some even went to the head teacher part way through to say how loved they were.
Ian was great as always but the ladies Lisa, Amber and Wendy stole the show with their courage and honesty. They were amazing and many of the kids said that everyone of them should have careers working with young people ahead of them ('we learnt more from them than teachers'). There were lots of tears but the Year 10 boys in particular were the most affected which is exactly what we wanted.
This is the second time we have hosted PMNW, again it has been a tremendously successful day. By that I mean the boys have been educated, interested and for some touched by what they have experienced. One boy who regularly finds himself “in bother” has commented on his feedback form “I need to behave and get the most out of school”, something a hundred “telling offs” has not managed to communicate. FANTASTIC.
Teacher Audenshaw School, Manchester
I spoke to my mum and dad and I said how fortunate I am to have had a school like Huxlow who brings in workshops for us so we can understand the reality of prison and law also I told them about the ex-prisoner and choices/prisoner because I now know I take things for granted when I shouldn’t.
Everything in the day was really good and you really made it interactive with us and made us look at perspectives we didn’t think we would ever look at. I give you 10/10 and I hope you carry on showing young people like us these amazing workshops.
Pupil Huxlow Science College, Northamptonshire
I felt compelled to write to you regarding yesterday's amazing workshops, which engrossed our Year 9 pupils.
It is often very difficult to include interesting life-skills work within the timetables but you, together with your professional team, sustained the interest of all our pupils for several hours. Each time we changed workshop, i secretly thought that what was to come could not be as good as the previous presentation. I was wrong! There was no weak link: pupils were engaged whether it was by boisterous involvement in the 'Street Scene' or simply demonstrating their empathy and understanding by the questions they asked in the AA workshop.
Your staff continued to stimulate and enthuse by using a variety of different approaches and techniques. The diversity of topics, coupled with each very individual presentation, effectively conveyed messages that are essential for our pupils to learn. The inclusion of the three ladies who joined us in 'Choices and Consequences' was emotive but also an inspired approach to that particular workshop.
Thank you so much for an inspirational day. My form class loved every minute and, i am sure, learned several valuable lessons from their day.
Teacher- Consett Academy- 30th November 2017
Without fail every teacher at Consett Academy involved was very complimentary of the day and Mr Elsender, Year 9 Achievement Leader, said it was the best 'Inspire Day' he had ever been involved in. The Head of Year 9, Mrs Parker said "I would just like to thank everyone for an amazing day. I feel all pupils gained something today that will hopefully make them think twice about their actions. Personally, i was moved by the honesty and open way that the three ladies told their stories. What an impact! Well done again for spending the day with us and spreading your knowledge to my year group. Brilliant!"
Teacher- Consett Academy - 30th November 2017
Again, the people delivering the session were really friendly, they taught us different types and facts about domestic abuse which was really interesting to hear about, despite the upsetting side of it. It was clear at the end how perpetrators can be very hard to spot and extremely manipulative. It was good how they kept asking our views and opinions which made the session engaging and enjoyable to take part in. Some statistics were surprising and goes to show what some things can be lead to on both sides of a relationship.
Pupil- The Hayling College
Cell Van/ Prison Life:
The two funny, charismatic and intriguing ex prison guards delivered a very fun and interesting session which I found really insightful to see how prisoners lived their sentences and how the general environment was, coming from people who had actually witnessed it. This session, I think was helpful to see how many things could happen or go wrong in prison and also the benefits, however few, that could also come out of it. It was so informative and made us see how much we didn't want to go to prison due to the environments that we were told about. This was definitely a valuable experience, additionally seeing what a prison cell looked like, which was very personal and made you see how being cooped up would feel like for perhaps your entire life. The questions asked were answered brilliantly as well.
Pupil- The Hayling College