Undercover Readers are winners in writing!

After more than 20 workshops throughout Norfolk schools, Undercover Readers rounded off the year with prizes awarded to the winners of the short story competition at University of East Anglia’s FLY, the Festival of Literature for Young People, on Friday.

Leaping Leverets Take Their Place helping Norfolk Students to consider their future

30 schools and colleges around Norfolk have been busy painting their leaping leverets. The project has been facilitated and funded by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) through their Take Your Place programme and forms part of the larger Break Charity GoGoCreate education project in Norfolk.

Careers Day inspires a new generation to cutting edge land-based careers

Premium rural careers were on show this week at Holkham Estate in Norfolk where school pupils found out what it takes to stay at the forefront of the rural industry.

Teens StressLess at Nene Park Academy

The StressLess project started in the school at the beginning of the academic year as a part of a whole school intervention package to Nene Park Academy. Students’ attainment and progression to FE and HE was suffering as a result of the pressures of exams and a lack of resilience.


‘Take Your Place with Confidence’ is a 10-week programme aimed at empowering year 9 and 10 students to improve their resilience and encourage progression to higher education. The course uses presentation and drama techniques to develop confidence, communication and life skills.

"Drop the controller" - Finn's call to young people from the Norwich TEDx stage

Finn Sagrott was among three students chosen from a group of 250. From a series of workshops in four local Norfolk schools, these students agreed to a journey which would take them from these preliminary rounds in February to the TEDxNorwichED event at The Space in Norwich. Here they would present to a capacity crowd made up largely of teachers, educational specialists and motivational speakers, and the millions of viewers online.

Creative Industries come together in a twilight event to inspire young people

Creative businesses around East Anglia came together last night at The StartUp Lounge at City College Norwich to spotlight a future in the arts for teens.

Norfolk teens break Bletchley codes

30 teenagers from Sewell Park Academy and Flegg High Ormiston Academy left Norfolk this week to challenge their maths minds on a visit to the iconic Bletchley Park. The event was organized by Take Your Place – a programme focusing on improving progression of targeted young people in year 9-13 to higher education.

Year 9 students take up the UK housing crisis problem

With the shortage of homes in the UK at a peak and likely to be an area of skills shortages in the coming years, at St John Leman 6th Form, Year 9 students are taking up the challenge.

Take Your Place odyssey with Arts Award students at Sprowston Community Academy

Since January Sprowston Community High School has been holding Arts Award classes every Tuesday after school. Organised by Take Your Place Higher Education Champion (Arts) Jodie Marr, the session is run by Wandering Arts, and Elaine Humpleby, Head of Creative Arts at the school.

Cameron Parker inspires students in Suffolk

Motivational speaker Cameron Parker spoke to Year 10 and 11 students at six Suffolk schools last week. The students listened intently as Cameron relayed his own struggle with adversity and how that has helped him to develop and grow as an individual.

Camouflaged Learning in Thomas Clarkson Academy

75 Year 9 students took part in activities focused on fostering effective communication, resilience and team building. Matt from Camouflaged Learning ran a whole day of games, activities and silliness with the students. 

NUA Alumni returns to Norfolk to inspire students

Mixed Media Textile artist Nikkita Morgan, who received her Master’s in Textile Design from Norwich University of the Arts, toured six Norfolk schools this week to inspire students and uncover hidden talents. The event was organised by Higher Education Arts Champions Annabel Osborn and Jodie Marr at Take Your Place – a programme focusing on improving progression of targeted young people in year 9-13 to higher education.

Acclaimed author visits Yarmouth schools to boost literacy

Anthony McGowan, author of books such as Hellbent and Henry Tumour, launched Undercover Readers Project to 350 students at Cliff Park and Ormiston Venture Academies this week. Undercover Readers aims to ignite students’ passion for literature and encourage them to express themselves through creative writing. The project is being run by Take Your Place and aims to entice more students into higher education.

Norfolk students take part in live autopsy

A packed auditorium of 150 students from around Suffolk and Norfolk watched and took part as body parts were squeezed, poked and dissected during the 5-hour workshop at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich last week.

Widening participation in higher education in East Anglia

From January 2017, East Anglia’s five Higher Education Institutions, working in close partnership with the region’s Further Education Colleges and other stakeholders, will start to deliver a major Government-funded collaborative outreach programme, the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco).