Our friends from the ADHD Foundation recently launched this year’s Umbrella Project which has inspired celebrations across our schools where the gifts and talents of pupils with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia were realised.
The Umbrella Project is part of a wider education project to celebrate neurodiversity, raise awareness and challenge stigma and discrimination. The umbrellas celebrate the unique gifts of every child. Each umbrella is signed by a child stating “My Super Power is…”
In 2019, participating schools across the UK have installed an Umbrella Art display of their own. In Merseyside, Salford, Manchester and Heathrow, London, with the support of local councils and businesses, they have joined together in a dynamic project to ensure that our cities are ‘child friendly’ and places of opportunity for every child to be happy, healthy and achieve their potential.
Last year’s Umbrella Project captured the hearts and minds of the public globally, attracting over 30 million media hits and spawning copycat installations in Dubai, Argentina, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic and the USA.
Many of our schools got involved to discover the superpowers of our children and young people. Over at Pontville School, form classes personalised their umbrellas that were installed in the school hall providing a beautiful splash of colour for pupils and staff to see which they can all be very proud of.
Pupils from Cumberland School used the umbrellas to showcase their personal achievements across the year which will be presented in a celebration assembly with parents and carers.
Abbeywood School installed their display in the playground where pupils can be reminded of their superpowers.
Pupils from Hall Cliffe Primary School too enjoyed sharing their talents and their display was shared in the school playground for everyone to see.
Well done everyone!