As part of our work with Human Utopia, the whole of year 10 initially completed a day reflecting on their journey through life so far, thinking about themselves, their attitudes and how we should be treated. The sessions and activities involved students being honest with each other about their experiences and interactions at school, putting everything into context in order to establish a polite and responsible way to deal with challenges, issues and problems which may occur. The students grew in confidence throughout the day, and were challenged to extend themselves out of their comfort zone, many of which did and were able to stand up and speak their opinions in front of their peers.
Human Utopia taught our students based on 5 core personal attributes: Hope; Confidence; Happiness; Relationships; Employability. The aim was to empower students with the ability to make themselves more employable by improving their character traits by improving the aforementioned values. The students were very receptive, and I can honestly say I have seen a change in the outlook of many students.
We had 65 students train for an extra day in order to begin their ‘heroes’ journey, where they learnt to use their experience and knowledge to improve their confidence and leadership skills to communicate with and support younger students on their Human Utopia days. So far the heroes have worked with our year 8’s, and with year 6 students from Welland, Dogsthorpe, Newark Hill and Bishop Creighton. It has been a pleasure to be a part of their journey, the students should be really proud of the skills they have gained, and will continue to develop.