We have spent the last year working in several schools in North and East Manchester, this work has revolved around working with different cohorts of pupils, such as, 6th form, primary school, secondary school and individuals with behavioural issues.
Miss Jackson, Head of Yr9, Coop Academy, Blackley: “Thanks for all your hard work the sessions were absolutely fantastic and the students engaged in a mature and positive way. Hopefully, we will work together again in the future ….. My thanks as well to Michelle, the work you do is extremely important and will help our young people engage more positively with society.”
We have many sessions that are tried and tested:
- Anti Bullying – including cyber bullying, we discuss the different aspects of the topic and have an exercise around potatoes!
- Love & Respect – a very difficult topic to approach when discussing sex, STIs, sexting, relationships and responsibilities
- Firework Safety – we have far too many accidents every year
- Anti Social Behaviour – is a subject where we are experts, we take pupils on a journey from discovering types of poor behaviour, to identifying offenders of all ages, to the victims of such behaviour
- Personal Safety – to ensure that all are children have the information they need to keep themselves safe
- Drug & Alcohol Awareness – the facts! An interactive session with use of many NHS sponsored items
- Crime & Consequences – from discussions on local issues, to capital and corporal punishments. Can include visit to the Police Museum.
- Healthy Lifestyles – including smoking and alcohol
- Respect – a catch all topic. Respect yourself, your family, your community.
- we are happy to design new projects to meet your needs
Ben Chaffe, Year 5 Teacher, Pike Fold Primary School: “We have recently received some anti-bullying sessions that were provided by Mancunian Way and the experience from start to finish has been extremely positive. From the initial correspondence with Nick in relations to what could be provided and the booking of dates, to the delivery of the sessions themselves, everything was organised smoothly and quality information provided. The sessions themselves were highly effective in engaging the children in all of the classes and the subject matter was dealt with in a sensitive and serious way, yet allowing for the children to be engaged and comfortable, The way in which Nick and Michelle interacted with the children allowed all of them to be involved during the session, even if they had concerns or worries. This enabled the children to open up and express their views which added to the depth of the message put across, which was especially evident in the children’s responses to some of the drama work. In a short space of time (30 minutes) Nick and Michelle covered a number of important issues, ranging from verbal and physical abuse to cyber bullying. The content on cyber bullying seemed to especially strike a chord wit the upper key stage 2 children and the concepts that they discussed will no doubt have a knock on effect to their future behaviour. As I have said, it was a very positive experience for all involved and I will definitely be attempting to arrange future sessions with Nick, Michelle and the team in the very near future.”
No project is too big or too small for Mancunian Way. We held an event at the Coop Academy in Blackley to explore the topic of drugs, it involved pupils splitting into groups to research one aspect of the subject and then to feedback to the whole year group. Topics were; drugs and crime, drugs and the financial cost, effects upon the community etc. The last session was a debate in front of the whole year on ‘should all drugs be legalised in the UK?’. The Lord Mayor and Greater Manchester Police attended and picked the winning team after a free school vote.
Caroline Teinert, Flexible Learning Day Coordinator, Coop Academy: “Nick Buckley and his dedicated team at Mancunian way are dedicated to reaching out and making a difference to young people living in Manchester. This year they have volunteered to work with young people in our Academy. They will be delivering workshops that will hopefully support these students in choosing the right paths in life and opening their eyes to the possible dangers. The team are dedicated to helping and support every student they speak to and across the year they work with us, we should see the impact they have. Students have already commented on how it helped them think about the big issues, such as drugs and alcohol, giving them more awareness of the impact these dangers can have on themselves, their friends and their community.”
For more information on any of the above projects then please contact us.