Minister for Civil Society visits the academy

On Tuesday 1 October the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, visited the academy.

Mr Hurd spoke to students who have been taking part in the ‘Teens and Toddlers’ programme and to new students about to start the programme.

Teens and Toddlers ( is a charity that has been working alongside Miss Houghton (Vice Principal) and a small group of academy students. The programme is aimed at inspiring young people to achieve the self belief, skills and qualifications they need to succeed in education, work and life. This is achieved through an innovative and structured programme, which includes:

  • Teenagers acting as role models to toddlers in a safe and supervised nursery environment, helping them to build a sense of responsibility;
  • Classroom sessions focused on anger and behavioural management, emotional intelligence (including self management and social skills) and barriers to achievement, such as bullying and understanding the impact of risky behaviours;
  • An accredited NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills;
  • Support with individual work plans right through until GCSE’s.

Miss Houghton started the programme last year, and it has been so successful that it has been expanded this year so that more students can take part. Part of the project has involved working with younger children at Crab Lane Primary School.

The government has recently given the Teens and Toddlers charity a three year funding contract and Mr Hurd came to see the positive impact that the charity’s partnership with schools like The Co-operative Academy of Manchester has.

We are also pleased that Diana Whitmore, CEO of Teens and Toddlers and Michelle Farrell-Bell who runs the programme in the North West joined Mr Hurd when he met with Mrs Leaver (Principal), Miss Houghton and academy students.

Mr Hurd commented that he was "hugely impressed by what I have seen and heard. Congratulations to everyone here."

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