Project coordinator Joe Peacock

Back to work

Earlier this year we had to take a very difficult decision to pause this project. Nobody expected a year ago that a pandemic would have such a drastic effect on all of our lives, but it has. Now, five months since I was put on furlough, the schools are now back and so am I. We’d like to say thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for being so understanding and allowing us to extend the end date of the project.

The health and wellbeing of our staff and everyone we’re working with on this project are the most important things to us, so we had to abandon plans to finish everything in the same academic year. That means that, unfortunately, some of the students who we were working with have now left the schools and won’t be able to finish what they started. They all contributed so much to what we’re doing and we very much hope that they will be able to take pride in what they achieved while they were with us. We will send them copies of the materials that we create and links to all the online stories, too.

The project is likely to look different to what we originally planned. We need to work with the schools to find out what will work best for everybody in the new conditions. What has not changed is our determination to tell the stories of these amazing schools and the people who’ve studied and worked there.

It has been a privilege to work with everyone on this project and learn from them. We want to do their stories justice, showcase their abilities and explain why education is so special. Watch this space for lots more to come over the next few months.

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