JustDifferent would like to wish all our supporters and school partners well in this difficult time of COVID-19. We hope that your business, jobs, families and school children/young people remain safe and look forward to working with you again as soon as possible. As the rest of the country has done, we have postponed our events until later in the year in order to halt the spread of the virus, and we will be in touch with you all once we have new dates.
We continue to deeply appreciate your support, both financially and through corporate and community partnerships, past, present and into the future. We are going to use this time to innovate our services and broaden our offering to businesses as well as schools. Please do let us know if you would like any information in the meantime for workshops as soon as schools/businesses are able to re-open for business as usual. Best wishes from all the team at JustDifferent.
A workshop created and delivered by disabled adults introducing primary school pupils to disability and difference.
This interactive workshop, delivered via powerpoint, includes the following:
KS1 workshop duration: 30 minutes
KS2 workshop duration: 60 minutes
Group size: approx 30 pupils
Each workshop is thought provoking, inspiring and engaging. We include activities, group discussions and the opportunity for pupils to ask questions. All our workshop sessions are designed to support the requirements of school curriculums including those that follow both the National and/or a Broad and Balanced Curriculum.
We currently have Workshop Presenters in the South East, London, and Yorkshire and the Humber. If you are outside of these areas please do contact us as we are constantly recruiting Workshop Presenters across the country and may be able to accommodate your request.
“The session was invaluable, it is important for children to realise how disability can affect lives but also how much a person with a disability can achieve.
The children were amazed with the number of activities that Toby was able to participate in, and although they were obviously nervous at first they soon relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Interestingly we have two children with disabled siblings in one of the classes. One pupil has always been quite vocal about her brother being in a wheelchair. However, the other girl has never mentioned her brother who has a disability. When Toby asked at the start of the session if any of the girls knew somebody with a disability she put her hand up and she has been heard talking about him with her friends ever since. This is a huge milestone and achievement for the young girl.
I thought it was also very good that Toby talked about people living with mental illness, explaining that you could not always tell from looking at somebody that they were living with a disability.
The girls enjoyed getting involved in the sessions, asking questions, group discussions, quizzes and the chance to try an navigate a wheelchair round a small course.”
M Turner, Headmaster
Warwick Preparatory School, Warwickshire
“The JustDifferent Workshops that were held at our school yesterday were instrumental in helping to raise awareness of disabilities and how they can impact on someone’s life with our pupils. We believe that it is crucial that children develop empathy for others and the activities and presentation helped them to become aware of what can be achieved by someone with a disability rather than judging a person after a first glance.
Pupils for both Year 2 (age 6-7) and Year 5 (age 9-10) said how differently they viewed Toby at the end of the session compared to the start e.g. they realised that they needed to talk directly to him, rather than to his carer. The workshop offered a mix of group activities and experiences that are new to the majority of our children; it gave them plenty to think about.
Oscar & Joshua (Year 2): “We liked it when we saw him play football and basketball because it was fascinating as we did not know people in wheelchairs could do that”.
Sophie (Year 2): “It was cool when he looked at the words and the robot spoke. I want to be like that”.
Jackie (Year 5): “He told us he’d done all his goals e.g. ski, get messy and marry his girlfriend (Helen) - that’s great!”
Sarah (Year 5): “We learned it’s ok to be Different”.”
L Charlesworth, Head of School
Moorlands Primary School, Berkshire
“During Anti-Bullying Week, we had the wonderful Toby and Liz come to visit us to talk about living with a disability and that we should celebrate difference. The children learnt about the four main types of disability and how they impact on people in different ways. Toby, who has cerebral palsy, taught us how he communicates using his eyes and shared with us all the fantastic things he has achieved in his life. The children got to experience trying to manoeuvre a wheelchair around an obstacle course and shared what is different about them with their class. We learnt that it is okay to be different and that we should celebrate this. We spoke about what we can do make sure all people feel happy in themselves and how we should treat people as we would wish to be treated. What an eye-opening and thought-provoking experience for the children! A huge thank you to the JustDifferent team for coming to visit us, I would highly recommend them. ”
A Banks, Senior Teacher
St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School, East Sussex
“We have been working with JustDifferent for a number of years now. Each term a member of the presenting team visit our school to talk to the children in years 1 and 2. This has proved to be a vital part of helping the children to understand that Disability does not prevent you from having a full life. The children are fascinated by what the workshop presenters share with them about their lives and always have really good questions to ask them. Celebrating difference has become an integral part of our curriculum and these workshops strongly support the Rights Respecting ethos of the school. The workshop presenters are always so friendly, well organised and professional.”
Claire New, Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
East Preston Infants School, West Sussex
“Yesterday we were delighted to Welcome Alison Wright into our school to do a short talk to each class on Disability & Difference.
The children were unsure to start with but soon relaxed, listened in awe and were able to ask sensible questions. The feedback following the talks from teachers and children was very positive and the children are still talking about it today. Some children have desperately been trying to paint with their feet!
As a school we feel Alison’s visit had a great impact on all children and hopefully they will go forward now accepting disability as a normal part of the world they live in. We were also impressed by the quality of the questions they asked Alison and her appropriate responses ensuring they had the right answer in a way they could comprehend and relate to.
On behalf of everyone at Springfield I would like to thank Alison and the JustDifferent team. We will definitely be inviting them back next year.”
Mrs Rebecca Wycherley, Headteacher
Springfield Infant School, West Sussex
“Toby’s visit was a valuable experience for our children to learn about living with a disability and how to overcome barriers that disabilities might present. It was inspiring for both the children and staff to hear Toby’s achievements and was an eye-opener for us all.
I thought the Q & A time was great and the children enjoyed interacting with Toby and getting to know more about him as a person.
The ‘JustDifferent’ message is very simple but extremely powerful.”
D Pickering, Headteacher
Cambridge Road Community Primary & Nursery School, Cheshire
“Year 2 found their visit from Alison both enlightening and inspirational. The children were fascinated by the ways in which Alison has overcome the challenges she has faced in day to day life and during parent consultations this week, the teachers in the year team were advised that some children had gone home and demonstrated the ways in which Alison writes and picks things up with her feet. The workshop was an inspiring way for children to develop empathy for others but more importantly celebrate being unique.
Year 3 really enjoyed their visit from Alison, who explained how her and others like are are just different. They thought about how life at school would be a extremely different through an engaging and informative presenter, who patiently answered all their questions. The activities undertaken were thought provoking and made the pupils really think about people's ability.”
Springwood Infant & Junior School
It costs JustDifferent £500 per day to deliver our service. We do not receive any Government funding to support our work and therefore rely on grants from Trusts & Foundations, Businesses, Community Groups and individuals to contribute to the total cost and we ask that the school contribute the remaining cost.
|Half day workshop||£175.00|
|Full day workshop||£250.00|