Our student services manager, Miss Holmes, was lucky enough to recently go on a course in Ireland.
Miss Holmes spent three days at the Corrymeela residential centre in Ballycastle where she attended the Reach Program organised by Kirklees Prevent.
The Reach Program enabled participants to enhance their knowledge of extremism and radicalisation so that they can protect young people in schools from becoming radicalised through fundamentalist ideologies. The course was led by Mohammed Ali Amla, a research associate at Lancaster University.
Through a series of workshops, Miss Holmes was able to speak with voices of the conflict, toured around areas of Derry and Belfast, and visited Oakgrove Integrated College to speak with staff and students.
Miss Holmes told us: “I came away having made great connections with the group which included safeguarding staff from other schools, social workers, police officers, faith leaders, local councillors and youth workers.”
The Academy will continue to work together on projects to benefit our students and the community.