Braunton Academy Year 9 students have been working with Rod Landman from ARC Safety Net Project and co trainers, Sharon and Kevin, to raise awareness of the problems some people with learning disabilities have when in public and when using public transport.
The students and the trainers Sharon, Kevin and Rod designed a role play of a bus scenario with a twist and shared some valuable strategies for dealing with bullying in general. They presented their work to all their peers in an assembly.
Rod Landman said, “The children were a huge pleasure to work with – energetic, creative and hardworking. They treated my colleagues with learning disabilities with great respect from the off and went on to develop some really nice relationships with them. I am hopeful that the presentation that they developed together has made a real impact on their peers both now and for the future. I have the greatest respect for how they overcame their nerves and delivered the assembly with such professionalism. We hope to be able to work with them again.”
Student Mollie Osment said, “I enjoyed the chance to be able to experience the day to day life of someone with a disability. I enjoyed the role play, it enabled me to put myself in the shoes of someone been bullied.”
- See the Safety Net website for further information
Pictured above are trainers Sharon and Kevin with students Kingsley Latham, Liam Rendell, Ruby Slade, Luke Oades, Mollie Osment, Lily Wells, Asha Wibberley and Aaron Vella