The Road School (CIC) Ltd is a community interest company (March 2020), based in Devon (UK) and the wider South West of England region, offering services across three main areas:
Young people, families and communities
- Learning resources, school support, information, advice and guidance (SAIG), cultural community education programmes and events;
Teachers, researchers and practitioners
- Mentoring, teaching resources, training and professional development;
Schools, universities and education organisations
- Strategic research and policy design, educational consultancy (inclusion and equality), cultural curriculum development;
In 2009, The Road School was founded as a community education programme which focusesd on supporting disadvantaged young people living in and around the London Borough of Islington. Working with young people aged 13-17, many of whom with social emotional and mental health challenges, The Road School used three distinct approaches to support students in gaining academic, practical or vocational qualifications:
- multiethnic and multilingual education practioners;
- culturally sustaining resources;
- expressive, creative arts and media;
The Road School was focused upon developing their functional, expressive and practical literacy and numeracy, alongside improving communication, presentation and group working skills and encouraging positive community engagement. Since then, The Road School has gained significant recognition and awards across the education sector for its innovative and original concept, highly professional team and friendly, welcoming attitude to all students, presenting at universities and academic conferences.
In 2014, founder Malcolm Richards was successful in receiving a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship (http://www.wcmt.org.uk), directly through the work with The Road School. His research involved travelling to Copenhagen (Denmark), (New York/New Orleans (USA) and the Caribbean (St Lucia and Guyana) to research how community spaces are used for community education. This work has been referenced internationally.
The Road School continues to work in community education (festivals, development education and cultural communties), and been involved in collaborative projects with schools, academies, special education and alternative education providers. This has been wide ranging, from developing strategic plans inclusive and culturally sustaining practices, staff development, consultancy and advisory services.
Clients and collaborations (2019/20) include:
- National Education Union (nationwide)
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum – Exeter (Devon)
- Campo Sancho Festival (Herfordshire)
- Tropical Pressure Festival (Cornwall)
- Devon Development Education (Devon)
- Crediton Diversity Festival (Devon)
- Barnstaple Diversity Festival (Devon)