Pictured: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of CCCU, with staff from Oasis Academy the Isle of Sheppey, The Holmesdale School, and Hartsdown Academy (Photographer credit: Jack Peilow)
Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) joined forces with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and the University of Greenwich to celebrate the success of its Change Makers pilot project recently.
The Change Makers project is an innovative attainment-raising initiative that specifically aims to enhance literacy and academic achievement among year 7 students.
A special celebration event took place on Monday, June 19th at CCCU’s campus, where the achievements of the participating students were recognised.
Guests included faculty members from both universities, students, and proud teachers and parents from the three schools involved in the pilot project: The Holmesdale School, Oasis Academy the Isle of Sheppey, and Hartsdown Academy.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of CCCU, was also in attendance to lend his support and encouragement to the students.
The Change Makers project was designed and developed as a collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich.
The project encourages young people to engage with big questions raised by current social issues, read a variety of different texts, and further develop their writing skills. In addition, students are taught how to use epistemic insight and metacognitive strategies to help organise their thoughts.
Gavin Delf, KMPF Hub Manager, said, “We are immensely proud of the achievements of the students through the Change Makers program. The support and collaboration of our partners, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich, have been instrumental in making this initiative a success. We look forward to continuing our efforts to help raise attainment levels and unlock the potential of students across Kent and Medway.”
Following the success of this pilot project, Change Makers will now form part of the attainment-raising work of KMPF going forward.
The project is funded by the KaMCOP programme, which is part of the Office for Students (OfS) Uni Connect Programme.