A Special Nine Days

Two weeks ago, the project still seemed very theoretical. I had spoken to teachers in schools and done a few interviews with contacts at CASBA, but hadn’t started working with the children who will bring all the energy and knowledge of what it’s like to study in a special school.

Assembly 2

Now, that has all changed. Over the last nine days, I have been into four schools with our drama group. We have spoken to over a hundred children and been asked all sorts of questions about the project and ourselves. It has been a whirlwind of activity and excitement. Some ofour group didn’t want it to end!

We have excited children from age five up to nineteen about the possibilities of doing a history project and revealing more to the outside world about their lives. The reception that we got everywhere we went was warm and welcoming from both children and staff.

We’ve also had some brilliant feedback and are looking forward to working with our five project leaders in each school.

It’s an ambitious project, training up 20 children with Learning Disabilities across four schools to become oral history interviewers, but it feels very important. By allowing these children to take charge of collecting these stories and contributing to people’s knowledge of special education, we are giving them a meaningful and valuable role.

The amount of learning that will take place on all sides is going to be huge. The last nine days has been special, but the next 12 months promise to be even better!

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