The Challenge

How do we best showcase Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) to the community – its students, its partners and its spaces?

600 visitors

came to the Showcase


Plymouth, Devon


May – July 2016


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

The RIO solution

RIO consultants worked with post-16 students to design and run The Super Summer Showcase – an event which gave a platform to the talents of the school and brought the community together.

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 we recruited 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

Stats and Facts

  • 7 local businesses supported the event
  • 600 visitors came to the Showcase
  • 20 students, with the support of 20 teachers, delivered the Showcase
  • MAP student Darrell Fice created a short film of the event here
How The Project Was Received

I have had the pleasure of working with MAP 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.

Claire HoneyConsultant with Real Ideas Organisation