We had the pleasure of working with Jon during our recent Creative Partnership project. The remit was to help pupils use digital technology to record their village as it is in 2010, culminating in a book launch and exhibition in school at the end of the term.
Right from the first meeting, it was clear that Jon understood the practicalities and nuances of working in a small village primary school. He was receptive to our intial ideas, but was also able to use his experience and expertise to suggest ways of broadening the project to maximise opportunities for the pupils. He was flexible when the inevitable happened and things needed changing around at the last moment, and went above and beyond what we would have expected to ensure the end product was as successful as it was.
Most importantly, he very quickly developed a raport with the pupils and staff which meant everybody in school would look forward to our Creative Partnership days. He has the nack of maintaining the pupils’ interest and keeping them focused on the tasks required, and his relaxed but professional style made him very approachable.
The legacy of the project is a collection of wonderful prints and a book we are all proud of, but more importantly we have all learnt something about working with digital media that will move us on in our work in school. Staff are more confident in using the resouces we now have, and the pupils are using their new skills both in class and in their own time outside school hours.
When you have pupils leaving school saying, ‘that was the best day ever’, you know things have gone well. Needless to say we are already looking at ways of working with Jon again in the near future.
Eastrington Primary School