The 2016/17 academic year was a particularly busy year for the South East team but also a very successful one!
In total the South East team worked with 92 Primary and Secondary Schools where they conducted 314 educational workshops. This equated to 628 hours spent in classrooms with roughly 9000 young people.
Steve Goodsell, SRtRC South East Regional Manager said;
'The recent terrorist attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Manchester have impacted greatly upon young people, making them feel a mixture of emotions including fear and anxiety about their own safety. Much of our work over recent months has been to reassure them about their futures, and to maintain their individual emotional health and well-being. Young peoples fears and anxieties often gravitate into suspicion about people who may be classed as 'different'. The Southern Education Team listen carefully to each and every concern, but skilfully ensure that each and every young person we come into contact with will think critically about the issues and not stereotype certain groups of the community. The work we do, particularly around hate crime education, is needed more than ever before. We are grateful to our sponsors for their support and look forward to working with new partner organisations in the future'
Below are some examples of the fantastic feedback the South East team has received over the 2016/17 academic year:
'Just wanted to email to say thank you for the invite to Warren Road on Friday, I spent some time in the workshops and the team were doing a great job, all the children were engaged and understanding the message they were bringing across' - Sam Bacon, PE & School Sport Officer, Crystal Palace FC
'I just wanted to thank you once again for the session last week. It was very well received and very appropriate based on the cultural mix of students we have here' - West Herts College
"The facilitators have just left. They were fantastic!!! The teachers and children were enthralled, involved and engaged. These workshops have been a life lesson that the children hopefully will carry with them for life.
Just a few points from year 4 about today-fabulous!
- The trainers were super, relaxed, informed, engaging lots of humour and super listening, really allowing time for children to speak, and at many points they were struggling to express themselves I think through fear of saying something ‘wrong’. They quickly picked up on names and used them, establishing relationships quickly.
- The activities were well-chosen and thought-provoking especially the three photographs activity! The discussions this prompted were priceless in terms of depth and honesty.
- The leader for the fun fitness was exacting, humourous and all of the activities built towards the understanding of the fact that we need each other to succeed.
Our overall summary is that it was worth every penny and all the effort to organise it!"
Hayley and Victoria, Friars School