On 15th June our second trial was at the "Your Way" Studio for adults with special educational needs. We only had half a day, so this time participants chose their puppets from a selection that Light Bulb Fantastic provided. Following a discussion, small groups devised their own scenes, adding their personal insights, feelings and even humour. The students having a free rein allowed their teachers and me to observe and challenge any misconceptions, for example clarifying the difference between an argument and bullying.
Every student was included, differentiated support being provided as needed, for example using narration to prompt action during performances on the screen.
Sarah, Your Way support worker, said "Nice to act it out, instead of sitting listening to someone just talk about it"
Alison, Your Way project coordinator, said she learnt "People who become bullies are victims themselves and have their own issues"