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Telling our stories during lockdown

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Phillip pullman We are natural story-tellers. It helps us understand, interpret and navigate through the world. Story-telling skills – the crafting of a message – help us in so many ways in relationships, our work and study and at play. […]

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Creative space for all

Eighteen months ago, a chance conversation started a chain of events which lead to Inkpots developing its own creative space at our local secondary school, the Burgess Hill Academy. Six months ago, enough work had happened on the room to provide us with a blank canvas and the really magical work could begin. We were […]

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Creativity and our wellbeing

At Inkpots, we are lucky enough to have great links with our local secondary school, the Burgess Hill Academy. We have our own creative space there and in September, started a new group for the Year 7 students who had recently started. This week, I was asked by a couple of young people if we […]

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Creative space at The Burgess Hill Academy

In the six and a half years since Inkpots started, we have been involved in many exciting projects. But the latest one at The Burgess Hill Academy has to be right at the top of the list. We are currently working alongside the Academy to develop a room just off the Library into a creative […]

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Happy Dyslexia awareness day!

On average, one in three children in every UK classroom is dyslexic, which amounts to around 1.2 million. This means that a number of those who come to Inkpots face challenges with reading, writing and comprehension. To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Day, we’ve put together some resources that may help you in supporting your child, particularly […]

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Body image

Expanding on last week’s post, we’re continuing to discuss mental health at Inkpots, and this week we’re focusing on body image. It’s an ever-present topic in the news and social media, and if your child is transitioning to high school, the new environment can make them more aware of their bodies. We’ve put together some […]

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Mental health help

The start of a new school year can be extremely exciting – it’s a chance to start a fresh and fulfil potential. Unfortunately, pressures at school can be the catalyst for a number of mental health problems. It’s important that children and young people get the support they deserve, so if you’re worried about someone […]

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Back to school: when friendships go wrong

At Inkpots, we’re proud to create an environment full of kindness and respect, but when school friendships go wrong, they can have a seemingly devastating impact on your child. Perhaps the person they stuck close to has betrayed them, or they find themselves isolated within a group. What can you do to help and advise […]

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