A Birmingham city primary academy has launched its own radio station which will generate real educational benefits, as well as the prospect of fun and adventure.
Pupils at Montgomery Primary Academy in White Road, Sparkbrook have been enjoying technical and presentation training from broadcasting consultants in the lead in to the launch and were involved in a school competition to name the radio station, 'Monty's Voice.' A radio room has been created and the 660 children aged 3 to 11 years will be able to listen to the programmes they will create in their classrooms on laptops and tablets.
'Monty's Voice' will provide invaluable alternative ways of learning. For children who are shy in face to face conversation they can develop their confidence and communication skills in front of a microphone. The planning and production of programmes, such as talk shows, radio drama or telephone interviews, requires scripts and imagination.
School radio will provide empowerment to pupils giving individuals a voice for discussion, whether it is talking about important issues, or sharing the music they love. It will also develop teamwork assigning roles and responsibilities for presenters, technical operators and station management.
Monty's Voice enables pupils to broadcast a mix of pre-recorded podcasts and live content to the whole school. Year 6 teacher Fozia Nisar has led the project, supported by external assistance from Shan Bansil, artist and broadcaster, and Peter Dixon with technical support and equipment installation.
Fozia said: "Our children have been working very hard to reach this stage when we launch 'Monty's Voice' and are very excited about how they can be involved and make it a success. Above all their participation will do much for their personal development and communication skills."