Chellows, is it me you’re looking for?
Laughology found itself in the familiar warm embrace of an old chum earlier this month when we went to Heaton Primary School in Bradford. We worked with the school many years ago and set up a community programme called Chellows, which was about developing a happy and caring community centred around the school.
The project was a huge success and is still going on. We were invited back to take part in a day the school arranged called Primary Futures.
Research tells us that if young people learn about lots of different professions at Primary School age they are more likely to have more aspirations when they are older. The initiative invited people from many different professions to talk to the children.
Attendees included the boss of a literacy charity, a fireman, an electrician, a charity boss, the editor of the TES and a Laughologist in the form of Stephanie Davies. Each delegate introduced themselves to the children and invited them to guess what they did for a living.
Children guessed Stephanie was perhaps a games designer, fashion designer (she was wearing bright yellow trousers), counsellor or a beautician. In fairness they had probably never heard the terms Laughologist or Thought Leader before.