The Challenge

How can we develop partnerships with community stakeholders who will offer Curriculum Enrichment and new opportunities for pupils to gain real world skills?

Developing partnerships

New skills and opportunities


Plymouth, Devon


2016 – Present


RIO’s Connected Schools Programme, CIC Food Plymouth, So Good Studios and The Real Junk Food Project

RIO - Connected Schools

The RIO solution 

The school invited members of the public to a “Make Things Happen” engagement event on 13th December 2016. An inspiring talk was also delivered by social enterprise The Real Junk Food Project. As a contributor, they stimulated deeper discussion on motivating the community to address issues most relevant to them.

Having facilitated these discussions, the school is now a central partner in the development of a community business offer in the form of a pop-up food business. The Connected Schools programme supports the school and communities to develop change through supporting ideas creation, testing ideas and connecting with partners.

We are now in the process of testing our ideas. Year 7 students are hosting an Easter tea party for the elderly, using Virtual Reality (VR) googles to provoke memories by guests viewing locations around the world.

Stats and Facts

  • Social Isolation
  • Healthy eating & food waste
  • High degree of community disengagement
How The Project Was Received

"As people we were created to live with and alongside others and it’s in community that we really flourish. By listening to how others feel and think, sharing ideas and joining together in character and spirit we can really play a part in creating positive change for Honicknowle families in the areas that matter,”

Chaplain, Reverend Andrew Bowden

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