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Taking the tension out of learning

On Wednesday 6th November, Fakenham Sixth Form was  visited by James Boyd, classical guitarist, who had been invited to work with our Year 13 students. A musician by background, James has developed a unique system - taking the tension out of learning-  to help students of all ages and abilities to “get out of their own way, fulfil their potential and meet their goals.”

After introducing himself and his own experience -  losing and then having to relearn  his skills as a guitarist after many years of performing internationally - James got the students involved. Breaking down the steps involved in juggling may not have seemed like an obvious way into rethinking the way that you learn but through demonstration, and then participation,James’ point was made. Students experienced for themselves the difference that holding and then releasing the tension in your body can make.

One of the most memorable moments came when all fifty plus students, on being asked to lay down on the floor, responded by spontaneous and uncontrollable giggling! James’ energetic and enthusiastic delivery ensured that all students were engaged throughout, as well as taking away ideas and concepts that they will find useful in their future studies.

Below are a  selection of the students’ own responses.

“It will help me to feel more calm and relaxed when under pressure.”

“James  was energetic, got everyone involved and there was  a relaxed atmosphere.”

“The way that I learn is more effective now and through the workshop I am more confident that when going into the exam I will be able to handle it better.”

Liz Burr

Sixth Form Support Tutor