This week on Westwood Radio we welcomed our good friends from Berkley School in Somerset who joined us for a joint radio show, broadcasting live to the world in our usual Friday slot.
Accompanied by their teacher Mr Banton and Mr Oliver, Thomas, Orla, Maisie and Rudy had written their own fantastic scripts which fitted perfectly into a jointly prepared running order and with a very brief session beforehand and a quick practice we went live on air at 2.30!
All of our broadcasters loved the opportunity to work together and it was a joy to see how, in such a short space of time, the power of education radio had brought together children from different schools, presenting with confidence, enthusiasm and excitement. Orla, Maisie, Rudy and Thomas were absolutely superb, stepping into an unknown environment and presenting with incredible skill. They were also interviewed live on air by our Westwood Radio broadcasters to find out more or what life is like at Berkley school.
Once again, the adults were able to step back and enjoy the children at work, controlling the desk, the microphones and ensuring that the show was fluent, packed with quality content and just so much fun. An enormous well done to the children of Berkley school who were amazing and all natural broadcasters – reading 34 emails in one go is not easy! – and you would all be welcome back any time.
What was also apparent was how powerful and collaborative radio is for young people in bringing them together, developing literacy skills, confidence and resilience. I hope that we can do this again soon. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the show and please listen again to the fabulous children at work: