Artis­tic tal­ent un­cov­ered by al­ter­na­tive learning pro­ject

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - STU­ART GREER

APROJECT to teach teens who strug­gle to learn in main­stream school has un­cov­ered tal­ented artists.

Pro­ject.INC en­cour­ages young peo­ple to ex­plore learning through art and de­sign.

Based at a stu­dio at the Her­itage Cen­tre in Mac­cles­field, the pro­gramme tries to use the un­usual ‘class­room’ set­ting to in­spire its stu­dents.

One of its suc­cess sto­ries is Will Lither­land who dis­cov­ered a tal­ent for fash­ion.

Will, who has high func­tion­ing Asperger’s, is work­ing to­wards get­ting his Art and De­sign GCSE this sum­mer.

Will said: “Even though I have high func­tion­ing Asperger’s, attending Pro­ject.INC has helped me be a strong in­de­pen­dent learner. I am proud of my progress and hope to in­spire more autis­tic chil­dren to achieve more than ex­pected.”

The pro­gramme is run by for­mer tex­tile teacher Lisa Al­berti. She said: “Af­ter 15 years as a teacher I re­alised that there was need for an al­ter­na­tive ap­proach for some stu­dents who strug­gle in a main­stream school.

“A key part of it is al­low- ing stu­dents to work in al­ter­na­tive en­vi­ron­ments. The Her­itage Cen­tre is the per­fect space.”

Will Lither­land and tex­tile teacher Lisa Al­berti at Pro­ject.INC in Mac­cles­field

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