We’re running an outdoor Summer Hive School in Guildford to help displaced young people re-engage with learning after the disruption of the last few months, and introduce those who are new to the UK to the basics of English ahead of the start of the new college year.
We’ve heard from key workers, foster carers and young people themselves that the long period of lockdown has affected their mental wellbeing and made it difficult for them to engage with college work – sometimes due to technical or accessibility issues, but also because of a lack of focus and growing lethargy towards engagement of any sort.
Through the summer school we aim to:
Encourage students back to learning in a contact environment.
Provide a regular schedule of activities to continue engagement throughout the school holidays.
Introduce newcomers to the basics of ESOL and help prepare them for the start of the new academic year.
Work with trusted partners and activity providers to build a sense of re-engagement with the community.
When and where Classes will run throughout the summer from 10am – 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the following dates (address details and directions will follow):
Week 1 | 28 & 30 July
Week 2 | 4 & 6 August
Week 3 | 11 & 13 August
Week 4 | 18 & 20 August
Week 5 | 25 & 27 August
How to take part Registration for the Summer Hive School is now open. We are particularly keen to offer this opportunity to displaced young people who have found lockdown learning difficult, are particularly isolated, or who have not yet been able to access face-to-face learning in the UK.
We are able to cater for different levels. But we do request that all young people understand they will be signing up for the entire programme, not just for individual sessions.
Our partners The Summer Hive School will be supported by The Human Hive – a global community working together to make a more welcoming and inclusive world through the empowerment of learning.
This project has been entirely funded by individual supporters through our recent crowdfund campaignand we’d like to thank everyone who donated to support the summer school.
COVID-19 ADVICE Our pop-up outdoor classroom will provide shelter from the weather but also enable us to run the sessions in a COVID-safe outdoor environment and small class sizes will not just provide more personal learning support, but also mean that we can maintain social distancing within the group. Special risk assessments will be in place to ensure our young people, our team and our partners are safe at all times.
We have also produced written translations of the latest advice surrounding COVID-19 in the languages spoken by our young people. Please visit our COVID-19 advice page to download these resources, and please do share with anyone you think would benefit from these.