For Olivia, stories have played centre stage for as long as she can remember. Starting out as an English teacher, she soon developed an interest in wellbeing and literacy.
In 2016, she was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate how schools, charities and prisons in the US and Canada were using reading and writing to improve children and young people’s mental health.
Witnessing the magic of stories used to enhance social and emotional skills, Olivia knew this was something she wanted to bring home and make available to all children. The Story Project was born.
Olivia has worked in many different roles in schools, including as the Lead Practitioner for Wellbeing across a Multi Academy Trust in Surrey, and is continually updating her knowledge and skills. Most recently, she was awarded a Scholarship from St Mary’s University to research the impacts of The Story Project for a PhD.
Unsurprisingly, Olivia is an avid reader and, when not at work, can usually be found under a pile of books, seeking out the next great title for The Story Project collection.
With over 13 years hands-on experience in secondary schools, Sarah knows all too well the need for wellbeing and mental health support for students. Having seen the success of The Story Project at primary level, she is now busy tailoring a programme for use in secondary schools.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys pottering in her garden or playing with her pet pug, Reggie. That’s of course, when she’s not reading!
Sarah is a skilled English teacher and is currently Assistant Headteacher at a secondary school in Manchester, leading on all things literacy. A huge fan of literature herself, Sarah wants everyone to discover the joy of reading and to be able to explore and communicate their own ideas.
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We believe in a future where all children have the tools, skills and knowledge they need to practise life-long wellbeing, making healthier choices for themselves and others.