Since 2004, Inroads has developed several creative learning projects in partnership with different organisations.
For Creative Partnerships, these included Belonging (so popular we ran it twice!), Wallands School and Fish Tales, in partnership with Fishbourne Palace.
CASE STUDY: BELONGING
This took place in 2008 in Ratton, Chailey and Peacehaven schools, funded by East Sussex County Council and Creative Partnerships, East Sussex.
Sara Clifford, playwright and drama practitioner, and Anne Colvin, dance practitioner and educationalist, used dance, drama and writing to explore identity and belonging with young people in these three secondary schools. The project took place over four days in each school and culminated in a sharing, where each school presented their findings.
Young people from Chailey school also took part in the Equalities conference organised by ESCC, leading exercises and speaking eloquently about their experience of the project, and also went on BBC Southern Radio to talk about it. ESCC cited Belonging as an example of best practice in the region.
Inroads were asked back in 2009, to roll out the Belonging project to more schools, this time taking the focus of Community Cohesion, and culminating in the young people disseminating their findings across the school to pupils and staff.
We worked with two primary schools, Churchwood and West St Leonards and with two secondary schools, Filsham Valley and William Parker.
“The children are showing jaw-dropping progress”
“They seem like freer spirits..”
“I’m addicted to Belonging!” (Teachers, primary schools, Belonging project)
CASE STUDY: WALLANDS SCHOOL PROJECT – ON THIS BARE, BARE FIELD
Wallands Intergenerational Local History project: ‘On this bare, bare field was built Wallands school’ (quote from poem by participant)
Funded by the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, Inroads worked with two Year 5 classes at Wallands Community Primary school in Lewes in partnership with the East Sussex Record Office.
Using drama, creative writing and visual art, Sara Clifford and Sheridan Quigley worked with the children to explore the school archive from the Record Office, and with visiting ex-pupils, and responded with their own work, to create a performance presented to an audience of over 200 family and friends.
CASE STUDY – FISH TALES
In.. Inroads worked in partnership with Creative Partnerships and Fishbourne Roman Palace, on a project with a group of young people from an ‘Aim Higher’ group – that is young people who have the capability of university education, but whose backgrounds might prove an obstacle to them applying.
The young people were taken ‘behind the scenes at the museum’, to see and hold original Roman artefacts, and then, using replicas, explored ideas through drama.
With an advisory member of staff from the museum, Inroads worked with the participants on developing original scripts on a chosen artefact, imagining who it might have belonged to and how it was lost on the site. The group then acted in and directed these scripts, with Fiona Adams from Creative Partnerships.
These short films are now sited next to the artefacts in the museum.
DVD Fishtales, available on request.
“This project is brilliant” Primary school teacher
"I learnt maturity – maturing throughout the course, being put with different people and getting to know them without stereotyping where you might have done before. Being able to discuss rather than being taught like we have done throughout the whole time at school" Student
Belonging "profoundly effected the group of students – on how they view friendship, community, relationships, confidence, and their ability to speak to multiple audiences.. It’s the first time I’ve heard the kids talk this honestly"
Deputy Head, Chailey School
‘This is something the school should do again’
PSHE teacher, Peacehaven School:
Feedback on Belonging...