It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved and work with the “Game On” Project. Students at Thistley Hough have engaged with and gained so much from the project. The interactive workshops allow the students to engage with various topics and themes allowing the students to feel confident in expressing their views and opinions in a safe and comfortable environment.
The team are so helpful and as well as providing engaging workshops for the students at Thistley Hough they have also worked with key staff to develop their understanding, knowledge and expertise.
Thistley Hough Academy
‘Game On’ has been delivered to every Year 7 cohort for the past seven years. The work and ethos of exploring extremism and being able to critically examine the ideologies connected to the Far Right and Islamist organisations has had a positive impact throughout our students’ school journey. Due to Reveal Theatre’s work, our students better understand how these ideologies could divide our cohesive community. In addition Reveal’s system of ensuring that we, as the host school, are fully aware of any issues that arise from their workshops, has assisted the school’s understanding of some of our students and their vulnerabilities. ‘Game On’ also ensures that our students are aware of the dangers of communicating in online activity and how extreme organisations and their ideologies can so easily be heard and viewed through such communication. The ‘Game On’ delivery is constantly researched and updated to ensure that what is occurring in the world is explored with sensitivity and understanding of our students’ diversity.
“Game On” has been delivered in our new Academy for the past three academic years. The “Game On” Team has delivered their interactive workshops to our Years 7 and 9 cohorts with great success. The interactive workshops have helped our young people understand the diverse world around them both locally, nationally and internationally giving some clarity to the complexities of the impact of both Far Right and Islamist ideologies that can enter their lives daily though the internet. “Game On” ensures that our pupils are aware of how vulnerable they can be to extreme views, opinions and propaganda if not being safe when online whether through social media or theatre of war gaming. “Game On” will make sense of a very complicated world for our pupils through such engaging techniques as drama games, theatre techniques, discussions and the stimulus of images and videos. Most importantly “Game On” helps keep our young people safe in a world that can be not only confusing but at times dangerous.
‘I have worked closely with the Reveal Theatre since 2007 and have always been impressed at the way they introduce sensitive issues to young students and are able to skilfully negotiate the challenging questions that inevitably follow. I feel our students improve their appreciation of other cultures through the workshops that the Reveal Theatre deliver.’
Co-Operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent