Home Grown

Home Grown: developing emotional literacy in 12-14 year olds

Bath FestivalsA partnership with

Rebecca and Hibbz introduce Home Grown

Following successful pilots at St Mark’s School and Bath Community Academy, Home Grown is an arts-based programme to increase the emotional well-being, educational engagement and attainment in English of Years 8 and 9 students from Bath schools.

Everybody has a story and a unique way of sharing it and spoken word workshops are a powerful avenue to creatively use our voices, to stand up and speak out. The Home Grown workshops offer the opportunity to explore the spoken word in a fun, accessible and dynamic way.

Students will work towards achieving a Bronze Arts Award and the project will include opportunities to share and celebrate participants’ work and to take part in relevant visits.

Home Grown is based on the highly successful model developed at the Royal Shakespeare Company by Mentoring Plus Director Jamie Luck:
Undoubtedly one of the most powerful and successful outreach programmes that any of these schools have been involved in: I cannot praise highly enough the project which took disengaged and disadvantaged young people and made a positive and significant impact on their lives.’  
David Williams, Headteacher, Stratford School

Project aims

  • Enhanced self esteem and confidence achieved by working with local performers and participants’ own writing and performance.
  • Improved levels of literacy and oracy through a focus on the written and spoken word in an accessible and relevant form.
  • Improved self expression and emotional literacy through small group work and alternative learning styles and spaces.
  • Improved engagement with learning, behaviour and effort at school.
  • Completion of a Bronze Arts Award as recognition of and reward for students’ achievements on the course.  

Next steps

The idea of this project is to work with a small group and enable all participants the space and time to thrive, so places are limited.  If you think this programme might engage or inspire one or more of your students simply get in touch to find out more and/or arrange a visit to your school: homegrown@mentoringplus.net or 01225 429694.  You might also like to download a Home Grown project flyer.

Bath FestivalsAbout Bath Festivals’ Learning Programme

Bath Festivals’ Learning Programme is delivered across our 3 festivals as well as through projects such as Home Grown, which use music or literature as a tool to engage young people in challenging circumstances, growing their self-esteem and confidence, and developing their creative voices.