The two Creative Forces Days, held in conjunction with Hampshire County Council, allowed the military service children, aged 9-15, to experience university life on campus.
After trial sessions in creative writing and radio interviewing skills, the children were invited to give their own top tips on how schools can better support them as they head for higher education.
Additionally, current University of Winchester students from military service families shared their first-hand experiences with pupils and staff. The events also focused on supporting teachers by highlighting the range of information and practical advice available to help them work with pupils from service families.
“This is the second time we’ve hosted Creative Forces Days and they were a great success,” said Katherine Lawrence, the event’s project manager at the University of Winchester. “Both teachers and pupils from the primary and secondary schools had a fantastic experience. They left with a greater understanding of how the children can be supported to progress through education and into higher education, the benefits of gaining a degree and how the University can support them through their journey.”
The Creative Forces Days were run as part of a government-funded project to improve access to high quality education for service children in the UK. The project aims to help service children with academic potential make a smooth and secure transition through school and into higher education. The University is also working towards producing additional resources for use by schools and universities nationally.
Two print-ready images from the Creative Forces Days are available to download by clicking here