We were approached by School21 in Stratford, East London, looking for organisations which would take two 14-15 year old students over an 18 week period to be involved with a real life learning project.
School21 is a free school which was set up with the express idea of doing education differently, and to prepare students for the 21st century. The school has already had huge success, and has garnered an impressive amount of PR for its innovation in education (e.g. Guardian, Metalearn podcast, etc). So we signed up, and we now have two students joining us for 4 hours a week to input into the work of our studio. A few days in, and we’ve already been taught about the ins and outs of Snapchat – who knows what we’ll learn after 18 more weeks…
Over to Cole and Celso to tell you more.
The “Real World Learning” is a project created by School 21. This is where all Year 10 students go off into different work placements from around London and are given tasks or mini assignments to complete by their employers. This isn’t only about going to different places and working, but it’s also about setting yourself up for the future and knowing about the millions of opportunities there are in the world. Throughout the process we will be taught an abundance of skills such as oracy, teamwork, self confidence, craftsmanship and most importantly, independence. Our project isn’t done like any other school, because usually you’re given 2 weeks to work for a company every single day, whereas School 21 have planned it so that we work once a week for a total 18 weeks which is a massive difference.
We both got here because of our interest in graphic design and art. We believe that this can improve our creative skills and computing skills by a massive scale. With their amazing facilities and their supportive designers, we are sure that we will leave this studio as professional artists. This is a great way of educating us about the real world and is going to have a big impact on our lives in the future.
Red & White Design Studio is an interesting place with an amazing work space. It’s filled with dedicated workers with great, and unique personalities. When I walked into the studio I said “Woah…this place is cool!”. Then I got to meet the members of the company and I thought they’re a bit of a Family which I thought was cool because something essential to have in a workplace is having people who can work with each other. The Red & White Team consist of 10 creative minds of Paul Franklin, Creative Director. Alanna Clear, Director of Strategy. Nima Falatoori, Design Director. Turlough Fortune, Senior Designer. Anna Edmondson, Project Manager. Scott McNamara, Senior Designer. Liam Lees, Designer. Carolina Magro, Designer. Giorgio Marani, Designer. Guy Smith, Designer. Me and Cole are going to be working here at Red & White for 18 weeks and hopefully we learn a lot along the way!