Power of the Grassroots
Understanding the relationship between local and global issues; with an emphasis on local solutions. This workshop is relevant to many subjects, particularly geography which at KS3 one of the main aims is to “understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time”. This workshop, for instance, uses climate change as an issue that has social, political and economic causes with impacts for both human and physical geography. The same issues, however, are relevant for topics of citizenship, politics, and history.
Democracy – Is that it?
Exploring different forms of democracy; and how design can be used to create democratic spaces. This workshop fits well within the politics and citizenship curriculum at both KS3 and KS4. We will explore how democracy functions in the UK and elsewhere and aim to increase student engagement in their community. This workshop can also be tailored to Design Technology by exploring how the design of our environment can increase participation in society.
Consent and Sexuality
This is a key component of PSHE education, which we will approach with honesty and sensitivity. We feel that by being led by outside facilitators this workshop will allow for more openness and engagement from students compared to if their teacher led it with whom they might feel awkward.
Critical Perspectives on Media and Citizen Journalism
Examining the way the mainstream media works and creating alternatives through publishing, blogging and filmmaking. This workshop fits within the curriculum for Media Studies which has the aim to critically assess the role of the media in society and to learn practical skills for media production. Given the role of media in society, however, this could also be applicable to politics, geography or citizenship studies as well.
Borders and Migration
Exploring the perceptions around migrants and refugees, and the public responses this generates. As migration is a distinctively spatial process, this workshop fits well within a geography curriculum. However, as one of the defining issues of our time, this workshop is also relevant to citizenship, politics and also ties closely to media given the media’s role in shaping public opinion around this issue.
Understanding the Economy
Demystifying the jargon that is used in the media around the economy. Asking what does it all mean and what really matters? This workshop contributes to many subjects including economics and citizenship – which both aim to increase economic knowledge for students to participate in the economy and make sound economic decisions. As well as, geography and politics as it explores the wider processes around the economy.