Students learn about refugees, immigration and tolerance via our Home project

A theme running through our teaching and learning in performance studies this academic year is our Home Project. Focussing on the plight of refugees and stories of immigration, we‘ve been weaving key messages through the fabric of our curriculum.

Performance Arts teacher Claire Scott, who has been responsible for creating these value-added learning experiences explains: “This is of particular importance to us as we feel that we have a duty to honour William Wilberforce’s legacy of compassion and empathy. 

On our Level 3 BTEC Theatre course, and as part of an assessment, my first years prepared a short poetry performance of Warsan Shire’s ‘Home’, under the theme of immigration & tolerance.  The piece lasted 4-5 minutes and we performed it in a ‘flash-mob- style’ at various public venues across the city as a whistle stop tour back in November.”

After this very successful event, some of our students were invited in to BBC3’s No Filter programme to participate in a live debate about immigration with presenter Kofi Smiles.