It is always exciting seeing how our work impacts on the lives of the young
people we work with. We thrive on feedback from students and staff alike; as it is that which allows us to make sure our programs are suited to the young people we work with.
We have worked with St Thomas More secondary school in Gateshead since 2014 and we are always impressed by the progress the students make. Whether it is their contributions to www.nebeep.com
or their submissions to our writing competitions
, they always impress.
So receiving feedback like this from Mrs Doyle, our point of contact and
long time supporter of the work we do at St. Thomas More, really brings home to us, that we do to support literacy and communication for our young people, must continue.
"Bringing Words To Life" has made a valued contribution to our
students' forays into journalism for a number of years now. Melanie first
visited the school to help a low-ability class set up and undertake a
journalism project (culminating in a recorded press conference with our local
councillor), and subsequently has supported members of our weekly 'More News' club to explore the profession and develop their writing skills.
One of our key objectives has been to encourage students to use their
'voice': the school online newsletter is a valuable means by which to do this,
but is not always an appropriate forum to discuss every political or social
issue that might arise. It has therefore been very useful to be able to
forward students' writing on more contentious topics to B**P for publication.
Having said that, we have been able to share articles on important issues such as life in the pandemic; the provision of school meals; anti-vaccination
movements etc. The students do appreciate this 'outlet' for their