The School of Dreams programme helps young people to understand the importance of pursuing their dreams, and teaches skills and strategies to help turn their dreams into reality. It was developed by Honda (UK) and a team of independent education experts as part of Honda’s commitment to giving back to the local communities in which it operates. School of Dreams helps students and educators discover different, creative and fun ways to learn.
Over the last five years, School of Dreams has been delivered in more than 180 schools across the UK, directly engaging around 8,500 students and educators. Additionally, the programme has been designed to create an on-going legacy beyond each workshop. Students are encouraged to become ‘Sharers’ and ‘Doers’, by both taking what they have learnt and cascading it to others, and by organising team projects which aim to change something in their local community for the better. The programme runs an awards scheme which recognises this sharing and doing, as well as offering financial assistance and a range of support materials. In many cases local Honda representatives have become ‘Mentors’, helping teams of students to turn their legacy projects into reality. It is estimated that to date more than 25,000 further students and educators have benefitted from the cascade programme.
The School of Dreams programme has been carefully mapped against the National Curriculum’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills framework. Over the course of the two days pupils experience all ten of the learning strategies identified in the ‘Leading in Learning’ education initiative. Special care has also been taken to ensure that all material from Honda is directly relevant to teaching objectives and the framework enables students and educators to cascade the programme once they have taken part.
The workshop is challenging but great fun. Teachers and pupils work at the same level in small groups, finding out how to turn their dreams into reality by learning from real-life examples of people who have achieved their dreams, as well as developing new skills, such as juggling.
Simon Hawker, General Manager at Blade Honda, said: “It is great to support the workshop in our local school. To help children understand they can turn their dreams into reality by learning to use strategies in their early lives will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the local community. We believe children and young adults deserve all the help they can get.”
There are 50 schools taking part in the current workshop programme. For further information please visit www.schoolofdreams.co.uk