"Making these recordings encourages Student Council members to go beyond their own friends or tutor group to get views. They're also getting six hours of professional training in making podcasts, which is going to give them a brilliant new skill" - Virginie Clarke, Educational Events Coordinator at Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich

Additionally to our radio drama workshops, we offer podcast and talk radio programmes within schools to help children record events such as debates, discussions, interviews & reports. Throughout the school day, we can work with your school council, a certain year group, or across the board to create a unique podcast or series of podcast episodes that you can share with the rest of the school, parents & governors.

We can cover script writing, interview techniques, microphone etiquette, recording with different audio equipment and basic editing. If you would like to talk to us about a podcast project in your school, send us an email on workshops@wordplayeducation.co.uk with your initial ideas, how many children you would like to be involved and the duration of the sessions.

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Podcast Clubs in Primary Schools…

Session 1
 Group discussion and decision making (podcast name, aim and desires etc).
 Introduction to studio equipment and recording techniques.
 Introduction to wall chart to be used to document the progress of the project.
Jingle planning and recording.
 Plan recording tasks for the following two weeks.

Session 2
 Recording out and about on school property.
 Recording links, interviews etc within the studio.
 Planning recording tasks for next session
 Booking of any interviews with children or teachers for next session
 Documenting and recording progress on the podcast wall chart.

Session 3
 Recording out and about on school property.
 Recording links, interviews etc within the studio.
 Planning any recording tasks for next session
 Documenting and recording progress on the podcast wall chart.
 Planning task for the conclusion of the project next week.

Session 4
 Beginning with a listen back to the podcast’s current state.
 Discussion of what else is necessary to complete the project.
 Record any outstanding intros and outros & any extra jingles.
 Final recordings made both in and out of the studio.
 Writing a short description to accompany the final podcast.

Highlights from a recent Student Council Podcast ‘The Voice of Harris Girls’

Audio Training in Secondary Schools…

As well as coming into your school to run creative audio workshops, we also run tailored training sessions for pupils and staff alike, giving all the skills required to produce your very own audio projects.

In either a single ‘crash course’ style session, or a more in depth series of practical, scenario led training classes we can cover the following topics:

• How to make professional recordings with no fuss
• The secret tips, tricks and techniques of audio editing
• How to choose a recording set up that works for your project – covering all conceivable scenarios!
• Recording something unusual? Phone interviews, music, jingles...
• What equipment do I need – a solution for all budgets
• How to get our final project finished with that all important pro-audio sheen!

For the training sessions, we bring along our full pop-up studio complete with a range of additional recording equipment giving you the chance to get to know the top equipment used in podcasting and audio. We also provide two laptops complete with Adobe Audition for the editing aspect of the course.

If you’ve already taken the plunge and have a school studio or recording equipment we’re happy to tailor the training around your set up.

On top of face to face practical sessions, we provide information packs for everybody who attends. These written resources are tailored to your audio training session and cover everything touched on during the class in easy to follow instructions complete with illustrations.

Get in touch with us on workshops@wordplayeducation.co.uk for a quote on an audio training course to suit your school’s needs.

"Podcasting was a completely different experience & I really got to know my students" - Mr Smart, Royal Greenwich Trust School