On 19th February, 8 guests walked into Stephenson Academy, which is a special school for students who have social, emotional and mental health needs. Here, almost all students have low self-esteem and many present challenging behaviours.
At the start of the session, which was held in the sports hall, one dribbled a basketball in and out of the chairs the guests were sitting in, then swung from the basketball hoop for a while. Eventually all students were seated and individually, without the distraction of peer pressure, they began to ask interested questions.
In post-session evaluation, six out of six guests said they had enjoyed the session and would be happy to do it again. Four out of six strongly agreed they would like to do it again.