High-fly­ing learn­ers on the ‘write’ track

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PUPILS at a sec­ondary school have taken on jour­nal­ist roles to cre­ate their very own news­pa­per.

The chal­lenge is part of a pi­o­neer­ing Ad­vanced Learner pro­ject at Tyther­ing­ton School for aca­demic high fly­ers in Year Seven.

The pro­ject also in­volves a se­ries of Se­cret Mis­sion as­sign­ments de­signed to chal­lenge and stretch stu­dents both in­side and out­side of the class­room.

Af­ter in­ter­view­ing staff, stu­dents and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for the pa­per, the stu­dents will also pro­duce a dou­ble page spread for Bolling­ton Live, work­ing with the editor, An­nette Hurst.

They will then have a unique op­por­tu­nity to see the en­tire process through, from de­sign and writ­ing to print­ing and pro­duc­tion.

They will also get to take part in the de­liv­ery of the mag­a­zine to houses in Bolling­ton in March.

Head­teacher Em­manuel Botwe said: “We have an ex­cep­tion­ally able and keen Year Sev­ens and the pro­gramme is about stretch­ing our stu­dents.

“We want to de­velop all our pupils to en­sure they are ar­tic­u­late, in­tel­lec­tu­ally cu­ri­ous and so­cially con­scious.

“The Ad­vanced Learner Pro­gramme pro­vides all of those op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Mrs Caro­line Burke, leader of the Ad­vanced Learn­ers, said: “We are hop­ing to host an in­for­ma­tion and re­wards evening later this half term to cel­e­brate some of the achieve­ments of our young peo­ple.”

Bud­ding writ­ers at the school also en­joyed a Cre­ative Writ­ing Work­shop open to all Year Sev­ens and de­liv­ered by for­mer pupil and pub­lished au­thor, Charles Eades.

In the work­shop stu­dents were given some use­ful ad­vice on the writ­ing process and the chance to prac­tise their skills.

Mr Botwe has also in­tro­duced a Bucket List Chal­lenge for all the Year Seven pupils, a list of 15 tasks to ap­peal to dif­fer­ent tastes and tal­ents, in­clud­ing learn­ing how to play a song on a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, help­ing an el­derly per­son with shop­ping or chores, or cre­at­ing an idea for fill­ing an empty shop unit in Mac­cles­field.

Stu­dents can also par­tic­i­pate in the ‘Ten­ner Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Chal­lenge’, where they will be able to de­velop their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills by cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity en­ter­prise busi­ness from a £10 in­vest­ment.

●● Tyther­ing­ton School ad­vanced learn­ers with (from left) Ad­vanced Learner leader Caro­line Burke, Bolling­ton Live editor An­nette Hurst and Bolling­ton Town coun­cil­lor Ken Ed­wards

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