Earlier today, Stephen joined pupils from Kingsford Community School on a visit to the Sky Academy Skills Studios in West London. The year ten students used state-of-the-art technology to create their own TV report on cyberbullying.
Stephen was impressed with the facilities, which aims to help children from all backgrounds understand what it takes to create great TV content and inspire them to seek employment in the creative industries.
Speaking after the visit, Stephen said: “This was fantastic opportunity for pupils from all different background to get first hands experience in how a TV studio works. I believe this visit gave the students an understanding of the importance of teamwork in a work setting. It also gave an insight to the skills required to create great TV.
There are a lot of behind the scenes jobs involved when producing a show, which they might not have been aware of before today. I trust this visit will inspire many to seek employment in media and the creative industries. ”
The Sky Academy Skills Studios initiative was launched in September 2012 with the objective to help children from all backgrounds understand what it takes to create great TV content. To date 32,000 students aged 8-18 have enjoyed as part of the Sky Academy Skills Studio. It aims to help unlock the potential of young people and to inspire them to seek careers in the creative industries.
Newham teachers who want to take advantage of these facilities should visit: www.teachers.sky.com.