What the Tes judges said

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - INSIGHT -

When staff at Manch­ester Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Acad­emy be­gan a lo­cal his­tory project ask­ing pupils to in­ter­view older adults in the sur­round­ing area and record their mem­o­ries, they had no idea how the en­deav­our would take on a life of its own.

The Once Upon a Time project is now a reg­is­tered com­mu­nity group, but the school also of­fers a range of ac­cred­ited and un­ac­cred­ited cour­ses for adults in sub­jects such as lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and cook­ery.

In to­tal, 304 adults en­rolled on th­ese cour­ses in 2016 – many of whom live in the top 1 per cent of the most dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas in Eng­land and Wales. By con­tin­u­ing to learn, they are set­ting an ex­am­ple to pupils that it is never too late to im­prove your­self.

The Tes Schools Awards judges said: “Manch­ester Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Acad­emy is true to its as­tound­ing aims and prin­ci­ples. Its ac­tions demon­strate that it means what it says, and is seek­ing to gain as much of Manch­ester’s rich com­mon wealth for its stu­dents as it can, while also con­tribut­ing in re­turn to the con­tin­ual re­newal of the city’s whole com­mu­nity.”

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