We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been invited to run all day school literacy workshops at Moat Community College’s first ever Literacy Festival. This takes place at Moat Community College in Leicester on Thursday 13 July 2017. You may recall that we carried out a series of KS3 student music journalism workshops at Moat Community College last year. Here’s a post workshop blog for those of you who would like to see some of the work we did to boost student literacy skills.

Now we’re set to run a set of all-day school literacy workshops as part of the College’s first ever Literacy Festival. This will see the whole school take part in all-day activities to boost their English literacy skills. We will be running our hybrid workshops all day, working with at least 4 different classes, and using music as a stimulus to encourage young pupils to write professional music reviews. Michelle Dhillon, award-winning journalist and Founder of Rockhaq, will lead all school literacy workshops on the day and will start by giving a careers-style talk on how to become a journalist.

Afterwards, all students will be able to continue writing their music reviews in structured lessons led by their English teachers. We have some exciting news coming up for all teachers looking for guidance on how to write music reviews inside the classroom. Students are also able to join The Rockhaq Community to write and share their reviews independently.  Any student can join The Rockhaq Community at any time.

We’re very pleased to have had the ongoing support of the English literacy leaders at Moat Community College since last year and would like to say a big thankyou to their English Literacy Co-ordinator Felicity Lorraine for all her enthusiasm for the Rockhaq School Workshops. Thanks also to Principal Brian Killeen and former Literacy Co-ordinator Veena Shaunak who we worked with last year.

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