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Marine Academy Plymouth

By 10th August 2016 No Comments

Students from Marine Academy Plymouth organise annual Super Summer Showcase!


Marine Academy Plymouth, Plymouth


May – July 2016


Marine Academy Plymouth, Creative Skills Initiative (Creative & Cultural Skills)

The challenge:

How do we, the events management team, connect the community of Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) and show them what it’s made of: its students, its partners and its spaces

The solution

The post-16 students worked alongside the RIO Consultants to design and run an event which showcased the talents of the school and brought the community together. The Super Summer Showcase aimed to do just that.

RIO invited 10 students to apply to be part of this challenge based learning project to design a community event (building on the first which happened in 2015). The event management team was treated as they would in a professional setting. Their roles included planning/project management, marketing and communications, finances, co-ordinating business contributors, entertainment student/teacher involvement.

Through the design, planning and running of the event, the students also gained a Bronze Arts Award. The challenge based learning project was also a part of the Creative Skills Initiative, a creative employment programme which provides young people with valuable work experience and skills in the creative industries. The Creative Skills Initiative is an initiative from Creative & Cultural Skills.

RIO has been supporting these amazing young people to develop their values and brand, to raise money to support the project, to develop their ideas, to market and promote their work through social media and the press and to help them develop relationships with other organisations that might support their project

  • 7 businesses supported the project/event
  • 4 food suppliers were involved
  • 600 visitors took part
  • 20 teachers supported the students
  • over 20 young people were involved in its success
  • Students chose to name their group ‘Unity’ after its main aim of uniting the community, and bringing people together
  • MAP student Darrell Fice created a short film of the event here
  • MAP student Darrell Fice created a press release which was published on the RIO website here
  • The event was also posted on the school’s website here

Claire Honey, Consultant with Real Ideas Organisation

“I have had the pleasure of working with Unity over the last few weeks to design an amazing event. I am very proud of what they have achieved in a short space in time – they have shown real professionalism and commitment to creating something exceptional for their school and community.”

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