Archbishop Sancroft C of E High School becomes a School of Dreams

Archbishop Sancroft C of E High School becomes a School of Dreams
Nicola Leonard
by Nicola Leonard from North Newington GBR on 02 Feb 2012

Honda’s ‘School of Dreams’ team recently visited Archbishop Sancroft Church of England High School in Harleston to provide a free two-day ‘thinking skills’ workshop for 9-13 year old pupils (key stage 2 & 3) and educators, on 17th and 18th January. The workshop was supported by Lings Honda, also based in Harleston, and staff from the dealership also participated in the workshop along with the students and teachers.

Pupils from Pulham Primary School, Harleston Primary School, Brockdish Primary School and Alburgh with Denton Primary School also attended the workshop, giving children the chance to get to know their teachers of the future and peers from other schools.

The School of Dreams programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams, and taught skills and strategies to help turn their dreams into reality. It was developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts as part of Honda’s commitment to giving back to the local communities in which it operates. School of Dreams helps students and educators discover different, creative and fun ways to learn.

Over the last four years, School of Dreams has been delivered in more than 140 schools across the UK, directly engaging around 7,000 students and educators. Additionally almost 8,000 further students and educators have engaged indirectly through a ‘cascade’ programme which encourages those who have been involved to pass on what they have learnt to their peers.

The School of Dreams has been carefully mapped against the National Curriculum’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework. Over the course of the two days pupils experienced all ten of the learning strategies identified in the ‘Leading in Learning’ education initiative. Special care was taken to ensure that all material from Honda was directly relevant to teaching objectives and the framework enables students and educators to cascade the programme once they have taken part.

The workshop was challenging but great fun, teachers and pupils worked at the same level in small groups and learning how to turn their dreams into reality by learning from real life examples of people who have achieved their dreams and developing new skills such as juggling.

Tony Earp from Lings Honda, said: “It is great to support the workshop in our local school. To help children understand they can turn their dreams into reality by learning to use strategies in their early lives will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the local community. We believe children and young adults deserve all the help they can get. Far too often we only hear negative stories about children but the School of Dreams has shown us that this is not the case.”

Lucy Cadge, Head of Pastoral Care, KS3 at Archbishop Sancroft High School, added: “These two days have given all pupils involved a huge opportunity to develop skills that they already have and also work on personal areas of weakness. It takes a great deal of courage for students to stand up and deliver a presentation in front of people that they don’t know. Pupils were given the chance to be creative, reflective and team workers and the School of Dreams made this possible.”

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