During the past six months, JustDifferent have been waiting patiently to re-start our work raising awareness of Difference and Disability in schools across the country. With the beginning of the new term upon us, we are thrilled to be able to say we are up and running and again able to deliver workshops to Primary and Secondary Schools. Recognising that there are still guidelines in place to adhere to with regard to keeping pupils, teachers and families safe from the spread of Covid-19, some changes have been made to the planning of our workshops and it would be our pleasure to work with you to find ways to continue to change negative attitudes and inspire individuals to maximise their potential. We will build on our impact achieved over 12 years in continued partnership with schools, local businesses and communities.
If you would like further information or to make a Workshop booking, please contact us.
A workshop created and delivered by disabled adults to positively promote disability and difference to secondary school pupils.
This interactive workshop can be delivered in school or by Zoom and include the following:
Suitable for: KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form students
Workshop duration: 60 minutes cost of £75
Group size: approx 30 pupils
Each workshop is thought provoking, inspiring and engaging. We include activities, group discussions and the opportunity for students 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.
I first came across JustDifferent in 2015 and organised for Toby to come into school and deliver workshops to groups of students. The workshops were fantastic and really helped to challenge perceptions and change student attitudes towards people with disabilities.
This Disability History Month (2020) we rebooked workshops with Toby. Due to the global pandemic these workshops had to be delivered online via Zoom. It was great to see how students engaged with the online workshops. They enjoyed meeting Toby and having the opportunity to ask him plenty of questions. The workshops were thought-provoking and informative and the mixture of discussion and activities were perfect for keeping students engaged.
The feedback that we received from students and staff following the sessions was excellent. Everyone found Toby’s openness and honesty really powerful and said that they felt that he created a safe space in which they could ask questions and really learn about his life. We’re confident that Toby’s workshop really inspired our students to stand up for equality, respect and human dignity for every disabled person, in their schools and in the rest of their lives.
Thank you Toby and everyone at JustDifferent – the work that you are doing is so important.
Where we have a workshop presenter living in your area we are able to visit your school or we can deliver the workshops via zoom anywhere across the country
“I am writing to express out thanks to Toby and all the team for the visits he made here this year. Our Year 8 students have been very impressed with the workshops. I am enclosing some letters from selected students from that year group and I think you will be able to read what an impact Toby's visit had on them. Please also extend our thanks to Sally, who accompanied Toby for both days. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the change in our students from the beginning of their hour with Toby to the end. Many talk about how their feelings change during the course of the workshop, from apprehension at the start to confidence and understanding by the end. Toby was truly inspirational and we enjoyed his great sense of humour. We feel that these workshops are so important for our students and we are already looking forward to making our booking for 2020 - any maybe Helen will be able to come too! ”
Frauke Taylor, Curriculum Assistant: Health Education
Priestlands School, Hampshire
“I wanted to write and say thank you for coming in to our school to deliver workshops to Year 8 students. The feedback I have received from both staff and students has been excellent with many commenting on how their attitude had completely changed by the end of the session.
Students truly appreciated how open and honest you were with regards to living with a physical disability, which allowed them to ask questions they may not have had the opportunity to otherwise. I have no doubt that all students would have taken away valuable life skills, and hopefully you have helped to correct any misconceptions they would have previously had.
I look forward to working with you in the near future.
Alice Briggs, Acting Subject Leader of PSHCE
“Thank you so much for the workshops you ran on 9th Feb 2018. The children really enjoyed your workshops and gained a genuine insight into what it might be like to live with the challenges of disability. The children commented on how resilient you were and how creative you have been to find ways of overcoming some of the daily issues you face. Your openness and positive attitude enabled pupils to see how everyone faces challenges at times but that with a positive mindset these can be overcome.
As a Head of Year we regularly look for inspirational visitors who will have a lasting impact on pupils and I am sure that your visit will remain with our students for years to come. Thank you so much giving up your time and sharing your story with us.”
Mrs Wingham, Asst Head/Head of Yr 9
Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School, Hampshire
“Thank you for coming to Queen’s Gate School once again to speak to the girls as part of the Pastoral Day Programme. As on your previous visit, your workshop was very well received, and the feedback from the girls has been lively and positive. Our aim with Pastoral Day is to broaden the girls’ outlooks and ensure they have an educated awareness of the world outside of school, and an insight into the reality of diversity and what that encompasses is a wonderful example of this. Your contribution to the day is very much valued.
We enjoyed having you with us again, and I look forward to welcoming you again to Queen’s Gate in the future.”
Mrs R Kamaryc, Principal
Queen’s Gate School, London
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|