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									Studio 13
Good practice extract from HMIE report
Good Practice Studio 13 provided young people in Lochaber High School with a range of opportunities to build their skills and capacities using innovative arts-based approaches. Young people were actively involved in the design, development and management of the project. The project offered young people the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills using music, animation and film. This had resulted in the production of a CD of their own music as well as making a programme for the local radio station.

Further information provided by the agency
Name of activity/project/programme: Studio 13 What aspect(s) of CLD work is it concerned with? Youth work Adult learning in the community (including literacies) Building community capacity

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Does the work have a specific focus? If yes, please indicate below (you may tick more than one box): Arts and culture

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Sport

Health

Employability

Citizenship

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Community engagement

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Community safety Other (please specify)

Promoting equality

Arts-based work with young people in Lochaber High School area. Further details of good practice identified in the inspection report on CLD in Lochaber, published 30 January 2006.

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DETAILS:
What impact did the work have on participants and the community? (See How Good is Our Community Learning and Development?2 (HGIOCLD?2) 2.1, 4.1 and 4.2)
Studio 13 is an all inclusive music and film studio allowing young people in Lochaber High School to learn, develop and express their ideas through multi-media. The Students run the studio as a business and enjoy the responsibility that comes with this. As well as producing CDs and films it has also encouraged young people who have been at risk of exclusion to come back to school. Students from the studio run a weekly show on Nevis Radio where they showcase their work, this ensures that the wider community hears about the work of Studio 13.

What measures of progress (if any) did it contribute to? (See HGIOCLD?2 1.1)
As well as the practical skills learnt in Studio 13, through the software packages, Studio 13 helps young people become more confident as they are running a real business dealing with profit and loss situations. Young people have been instrumental in every step of turning an empty classroom into a studio space and thriving business by producing and marketing their own CDs.

Why the work was carried out? (main purposes, what needs or aspirations were being addressed? How did the work seek to address wider strategic goals?)
Studio 13 provides an alternative form of education within the existing mainstream school system. Students learn new skills otherwise unavailable to them in the local area and it provides a space that they feel proud of and are comfortable expressing themselves in. Student participation in Studio 13 breeds a self-confidence and belief that will filter back into the wider community helping to foster a mutual respect between young and old.

How the participants got involved? (How did you make contact with and involve them?)
As Studio 13 is based in Lochaber High School, the space and opportunity is available to all the students of the school. Studio 13 is promoted through school newsletters, assemblies, the radio and word of mouth. Studio 13 has, in the eyes of the young people, gained credibility and respect for the work that it carries out and the ethos and values that the space portrays.

How the work was planned? (Who was involved? Did you use any specific planning tools or processes? What impact or outcomes did you set out to achieve?)
Studio 13 is a cutting edge concept, there are few examples of similar projects or ideas in any other areas. Initially the concept centred on a single vision which was shared with young people and teaching staff. An empty classroom had to be converted into a studio space, money raised to fund the project and equipment bought. Small steps were taken to achieve the vision which helped to knit the project and the young people together. The ongoing nature of Studio 13 depends on the fact that the project develops organically through the pace and enthusiasm of the students.

Arts-based work with young people in Lochaber High School area. Further details of good practice identified in the inspection report on CLD in Lochaber, published 30 January 2006.

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What activities did participants engage in?
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Music production Design of CD covers, posters Marketing Business skills (facilitating meetings, budgeting) Film making, animation. Radio hosting

How were participants’ achievements recognised and celebrated?
Students have produced a CD “sounds of the Studio” which is the accumulation of their work and determination over the year. The first edition of the CD has sold out at a local music shop and work is currently underway on the next edition.

What lessons were learned by provider(s)? (What went really well? Any unexpected problems/issues? Any unexpected but positive impacts/outcomes?)
The success of Studio 13 has only been made possible by the hard work and dedication of the young people. By having real ownership of the studio the students have been empowered with the sense of pride and responsibility that this entails.

How was the work funded? (Which funding sources supported the work? Is the work sustainable?)
The original funding from NESTA (National Endowments for Science Technology and the Arts) will run out at the end of 2006. We are currently seeking more funding to support the work of the project.

Could the work be replicated elsewhere? (where there any unique local factors that led to its success? What issues would face others in trying to replicate this type of work?)
Yes, the project could work in any secondary school but needs to work in partnership with the whole school and the wider community.

Arts-based work with young people in Lochaber High School area. Further details of good practice identified in the inspection report on CLD in Lochaber, published 30 January 2006.

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