Manchester’s Contact Theatre is now open for referrals to its unique Studio School,
The school offers an alternative education using creative arts and digital media for year 7 to 11 students not in mainstream education - pupils at risk of going into pupil referral units, specialist schools or alternative providers.
Studio School aims to recover the loss of self-esteem and aspirations in a student's engagement with school and study due to the impact of Covid-19 and the lack of classroom schooling during lockdown.
“In a time of uncertainty we need some normality and a sense of hope - this is what Studio School has given to students already on the eight-week programme”, said one of the school's teachers.
Studio School is part of the "recovery curriculum", to fill the gaps in learning using activities that appeal. Students will develop a range of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills using music, drama, the spoken word, film and other multimedia and ICT activitie To improve their team-working and communication abilities.
Each session lasts two hours between one and three days a week for a term of six to eight weeks.