Superheroes: Words Are Our Power Impact Learning Celebration Event ft KEYNOTE SPEECH by award-winning writer, Patrice Lawrence MBE
An exciting event ft a KEYNOTE SPEECH by award-winning writer, Patrice Lawrence MBE took place at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on Thursday 23rd February 2023. The event concluded and celebrated Superheroes: Words are our Power, a pioneering programme delivered in 8 primary schools across four years. Using a range of creative writing strategies, poets, authors, comic book writers, spoken word artists and playwrights all worked alongside teachers, supporting them to put creativity back into the curriculum.
The project was funded with a £239,000 grant awarded to Writing on the Wall by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ‘More and Better’ strand.
During the event we shared the final independent evaluation report from Curious Minds, celebrating the work created and discussed some of the ways we can continue working with local schools in the future.
Patrice Lawrence MBE, winner of the Bookseller YA Prize, Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Children and Young Adults delivered a keynote speech on the importance of creativity in education. There was also be performances from artists who have worked on the project, including Ashley Nugent, Amina Atiq and Blue Saint.
The Superheroes project gave children the chance to meet and work with a range of writers with different backgrounds, interests, approaches, specialisms, cultures and heritage. The difference this made for children was noticed across the curriculum as they became more resilient, more confident, more engaged and more motivated. Children were inspired by writers and became more comfortable writing about their own experiences and interests. Moreover, amongst this diversity of authors, children were able to find relatable role models, and this shifted their aspirations. In the gradual return to normality after the Coronavirus Lockdowns teachers began to notice that the pandemic had impacted on the mental health of children. Superheroes pivoted towards using writing to promote wellbeing.
The summary below showed what the Super Heroes project achieved in numbers.
If you would like to get in contact about the Super Heroes project to find out more, or for any opportunities associated with the project, please contact our Project Co-Ordinator for Children and Young People, Helen Jeffery , by emailing email@example.com
Take a look at Superheroes Round-Up video below to see what we got up to over the last four years!
We had the pleasure of being joined by Author Darren Chetty on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar about increasing diversity and representation in children’s literature and classrooms, helping to allow children to see themselves in the books they read. Check out Alice Bunker-Whitney’s blog on the session including the importance of representation in the classrooms.
Superheroes stand up for what is right and change the world for the better, with this, WoW’s literacy in schools project is doing just that!
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