School must go on! Showmen families with The Mart continue to learn despite being away from school.

Showmen's children take part in a special Mart School at the King's Lynn Arts Centre. Picture: Matth

Showmen's children take part in a special Mart School at the King's Lynn Arts Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Children travelling with their families have been able to carry on with their education in King's Lynn.

Throughout the week, 16 youngsters have attended an education program designed to help them keep up with school. The King's Lynn Arts Centre hosted the 'Mart School' which is now in its third year.

Liz Falconbridge, director of the Arts Centre, said: 'It means while the children are here in the town, they still have access to education.

'We also feel its a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn in the unique spaces we have to offer in our galleries.

'As far as we know, this is the only active 'Mart School' in the country.'


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The Arts Centre also works closely with the Norfolk Traveller Education Team at Norfolk County Council to ensure the artwork and exhibits on display are related to the education program.

Rachel Yates, a teaching assistant with the traveller education team said: 'The children definitely find this space extremely inspiring because they're surrounded by artwork.

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'We're able to do formal learning with them in the morning and then move into more creative activities in the afternoon. They've really enjoyed themselves.'

The week's activities included visits from artists and learning about different styles of writing during World War I.

Heather Neal, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant from the Norfolk Travellers' Education Service, added: 'These children come from all across the country and we liaise with their base schools to make sure there is continuity in their education while they're here.

'It also means their week in King's Lynn does technically count as days at school and their education continues while travelling with their families for The Mart.

- Are you holding a special educational activity or program that we could report on? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk.

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