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Newark Academy receives funding from Max Literacy

A project to stimulate literacy among pupils using visual arts has been awarded a grant.

The money has been awarded by Max Literacy, an organisation that links schools, writers, museums and galleries.

As part of the project, writer Ioney Smallhorne will work with a group of year ten students at Newark Academy to help their writing skills.

Students at Newark Academy will benefit from the additional funding (47053145)
Students at Newark Academy will benefit from the additional funding (47053145)

Ioney, who works in schools and community groups across the East Midlands, said: “I want to encourage young people to harness the power of poetry to realise their own greatness.”

Newark Academy is one of three schools nationally to have made a successful application.

The children’s writing will be based on visits to the museums and art galleries of Newark, including the National Civil War Museum, and handling of artefacts in archives.

Head of school Chris Fisher said: “Developing literacy and communication skills are incredibly important. Having this wonderful opportunity to provide an enriching way to explore creative writing will enable our students to take their learning beyond the classroom and into our community.

“I am incredibly proud of our staff and students for securing this opportunity and look forward to seeing their wonderful work.”

Research shows that being a part of Max Literacy can make students more confident, creative writers, improving student speaking and listening skills and increasing behaviour and literacy by one or more levels.

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