We asked teachers and students who participated in our 2015 pilot to reflect on the experience for us. This is what they had to say...

“It’s got them thinking beyond themselves, really considering other people’s points of view and thinking about how best to phrase their own opinions in a way that respects others.”

David Llewellyn
Teacher, William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester

“My students have been so enthusiastic about it – they’ll come into class and say ‘Is it LAMDA today?’. And if I have to say ‘No sorry, it’s Of Mice and Men, it’s like ‘Oh…Ok….’! Normally Of Mice and Men would be the preferred option!”

Joanne Gibson
Teacher, Riddlesdown Collegiate, Purley

“We have seen a massive increase in their confidence. They are exploring and expanding their vocabulary in and out of the classroom. I’ve noticed that they are having discussions with each other and telling their friends who aren’t part of the pilot scheme about it – it’s creating quite a buzz across the school. Even the quieter students, who wouldn’t necessarily have been very confident before, have been able to speak out and showcase their talent.”

Caithy Martin
Teacher, William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester

“It actually helps you outside of your English classroom. It helps you talk to people and improves your social skills.”

Will
Student, John Henry Newman School, Stevenage

“The most positive part of the experience for me was delving deeper into topics we normally wouldn’t talk about, and learning more about things that don’t occur to us in daily life.”

Rukiam
Student, John Henry Newman School, Stevenage

“I think the best part was researching my topic and opening my eyes to how much it affects the world.”

Ayah
Student, Prendergast Vale School, Lewisham

“The most important thing I’ve learned about group discussion is not to dominate. I’m quite chatty most of the time and I like putting my opinion out there. It’s been a challenge, but I’ve learned to make sure everyone is involved so I’m not the only one talking.”

Isabel
Student, Prendergast Vale School, Lewisham

“The most important thing I’ve learned is how to verbalise my thoughts in polite discussion.”

Talia
Student, Prendergast Vale School, Lewisham

“Although it seems scary at the start that you’re going to be performing in front of somebody you don’t know, it’s easier than you think. It’s hard work, but it definitely pays off.”

Sydney
Student, Riddlesdown Collegiate, Purley

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