WRITES OF PASSAGE
Writes of Passage is an ambitious new project for 2019-20, which brings together a group of local schools to form an innovative writing network for pupils. Sessions take place across the academic year, and we introduce children to a range of challenging and unusual writing contexts, working with them to find and develop their authentic authorship. Children will be encouraged and supported to develop writerly habits, and within each project, the children will produce a stunning collection of their writing; some from the sessions and some writing entirely from their own volition.
The design of the project recognises the additional emotional and pastoral challenges that can be faced by highly academically-able pupils; using Jo's coaching approach, we embed an understanding of the perils of perfectionism, a desire for challenge and independence and a fear of failure.
We are currently running three networks in Newham, East London. Our original network is based at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, and we are pleased to have received funding from Newham Council's Enrichment Grants Pilot, enabling us to launch another primary network for Y5 pupils, and a secondary network.
Original Network - Elmhurst, Nelson, Gallions, Keir Hardie, Southern Road, St Helen's RC, Dersingham
Primary (Council-funded pilot) - Star, Kensington, Kaizen, Park, Elmhurst, Sandringham, St Luke's C of E
Secondary (Council-funded pilot) - Stratford School Academy, Rokeby School, Sarah Bonnell School
Jonny and Jo are keen to set up more networks - either KS2 or KS3 - in different parts of the UK.