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Listen to what young people say after one of our Workshops
This is a great opportunity to try before you buy for this term.
Experience the effect that a School Radio Station would have on your
establishment with our popular Live Broadcasting Workshop. Based
around the work of Prof. Sugata Mitra on the concept of SOLE, Self Organised
Learning Environments, Russell delivers a whole raft of benefits! The
list is endless but you should expect to see improvements in Self
Confidence, Self Image, Coping Skills, Dealing with Change, Problem Solving
and Collaboration. We'll provide you with the evidence of these
improvements too, Russell will record the rehearsal performances and share
these with you. The comparison will be outstanding, you'll never
believe the improvement your learners could make in such a short space of
time. During this academic year, Russell has been working at Hendre
Junior School as part of the Welsh Arts Council's work with Creative
Practitioners. Each month he returns to take the small group of 30
young people on another step into their series of broadcasts. Listen
to the series below.
Russell is also enjoying a residency in an Essex school. As Radio Professional in Residence at West Horndon Primary School, Russell is helping develop vital confidences in language and reading with a live show each month. Listen below to all of the shows in the current series.
Our most popular workshop is a Live Radio Broadcasting activity, but other workshops are available!
Our 'Everyone wants to Broadcast' Live Radio Workshop is by far our most popular. This is a whole day activity and can involve up to 100 pupils if you have the space. They will split into 10 teams and work in these groups all day. There is time for rehearsals and to perfect their scripts. This is a fast paced day that's exceptionally rewarding. The teams will be nervous but that's expected as they will get a real live audience listening at the end of the day. Typically the broadcast will last from 30-60 mins and is usually at the end of the school day. On some occasions parents are invited into the hall or gather outside the school to listen to the live broadcast on speakers or on their phones. Our FREE Google Play APP and Apple iOS Apps are available for download and will carry our live broadcast.
Russell will bring all of the equipment needed for the show, all you'll have to provide are some laptops/tablets for research and some paper and pens - although iPads and Tablets are perfectly good enough to read from!
You may like to photograph the day or perhaps ask some other pupils to make a video of the activity. We provide an MP3 recording of the rehearsals and of the live show. Use of our 85010 Text Service is included.
The programme format follows a typical magazine style
provincial radio show covering news, school news, weather, sports and
there's a chance to write and perform a live Radio Play with
There's no need for any preparation or staff intervention, you'll quickly find that pupils that normally require TA support suddenly don't. You'll need a room big enough to accommodate the whole group working in teams around tables. Russell's equipment only requires a mains electricity connection but he will need some tables for his studio equipment. Depending on the size of your workshop space, up to 100 young people can be included in this activity. You can expect outcomes associated with improvements in confidence, speaking, writing, resilience, listening. The impact doesn't just affect the participants, listeners too also benefit from the workshop!
Travelling expenses are added to the cost of the day as is overnight accommodation the night before if necessary.
With the focus on a live broadcast the team has to pull together, everyone is on task and we all have to get along. Sometimes we lead, sometimes we don't. I've found by offering this workshop as an INSET and also a Corporate training activity that Adults can benefit from a little practice at group collaboration too.
There's also something about urgency and working to a tight deadline in Radio, when we say we'll start the show at 3.00pm we start on-time no matter what state the programme is in!
Group size depends on what you're thinking of getting out of the activity, this is a scalable exercise and works well with 20 or 200.
It is the workshops that prompted us to design and make our own radio broadcasting equipment, we simply weren't happy with what was on offer.
We use The Anderton Tiger HUB PLUS and Guest Studio, the kit is so easy to use we spend less time on instruction and more time on creating the content for a brilliant show. For us the outcome is more important than learning how to broadcast with complex equipment.
Really good School Radio equipment doesn't have to cost the Earth either, with a basic single microphone studio starting at £2,995 including jingles and on-site training, broadcasting is much more affordable than you thought!
"You are an inspiration to the students and to all of us. I am so impressed that the students walk through the door and just bring themselves. The whole day comes from their own planning, thinking and research and it all comes together so well." TERESA GOLD - Waingels CollegeRead More →
Based on Russell's successful presenting career & book
Covering all aspects of presenting to an audience but especially using
technology. Where to put the screen, where to stand, these are just
two of the most popular questions we get on this course. How much text
should I have on the screen? Another great question. Russell
will provide a whole day course with plenty of presenting opportunity for
everyone. We can provide both in-house or externally organised events
depending on who you want to mix with. You might even like a bit of
our 121 service, perfect for colleagues who want the focus to be just on
them and have the whole day in private. This doesn't cost as much as
you'd think! Russell's presentation skills book sold 2000 copies and
has a Top 5-star Amazon rating. A free e-Book version is available for
Please contact Sarah to find out more
Whole day training course with plenty of live broadcasting on our own Radio Channel
From planning to voice coaching, we can use your equipment or bring everything ourselves. This course is specifically about School Radio and not part of a College radio broadcasting course. From beginners to advanced multi-host training you'll get a lot out of our whole day course. There is no limit of group size either, we can deploy a whole team to manage your course, Dan and Will are both accomplished experts and have a lot of experience of School Radio.