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BBC RADIO FEATURES PEEL PILOT PROGRAMME

 

A Gloucestershire school is piloting a new programme to combat the impact of social media on student mental health. Newent Community School has already received training to run project PEEL – which was created and developed by Agency ASHA. ASHA has been working in partnership with the Diocese of Gloucestershire to take the PEEL project into schools.

The project aims to help teenagers express themselves through poetry and photography. BBC Gloucester reporter Emma Trim has been at the school ahead of its official launch to see what the students make of it.


THE NELSON TRUST RUN THE PEEL WORKSHOP

This September, the Nelson Trust ran the PEEL workshop with their team. The results from poetry and subsequent photography was exceptional and is now uploaded to the online app – PEEL ZONE.

Visit www.peelzone.org to see more.


FIRST PEEL PILOT AT NEWENT SCHOOL

Working in partnership with the Diocese of Gloucester, the PEEL project team ran their first training day this September. Teachers from Newent Community School learnt key poetry and photography skills as well as getting to grips with the project structure.

With their newfound knowledge, the teachers paired up and completed their own poems and photographs. Finishing the day with impressive results, many teachers even went so far as to say it was the best inset day they had attended.


PEEL ZONE LAUNCHES

Launched in August 2018, PEEL Zone is an online platform which enables schools and other organisations to run their own PEEL project. For the first time, students will be able to upload and share their poetry and photography in a protected gallery section. On a mobile phone, specially developed technology allows the work to be seen as if it were a lenticular print; alternating between photograph and poem depending on the angle of view.

The innovative application also uses the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) questionnaire to enable students to share anonymously the effect the project has had on the way they feel.

PEEL Zone had an initial trial during this year’s July PEEL workshop, which has captured some beautiful and inspiring work.

Go to PEEL ZONE: http://www.peelzone.org


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