It is wonderful when good news shows it still has the ability to travel as quickly as the bad. The ink had barely dried on the feature in both The Guardian and The Observer – featuring extensive quotes from Middlesbrough’s Park End Primary School Headteacher Julia Rodwell – when ITV contacted the school to further investigate the impact of chess on their children and staff.
Park End Primary achieved a lot during their first year as part of Chess in Schools and Communities. In addition to all of their Year 3s and Year 6s experiencing the weekly curriculum, they also collaborated on innovative events such as all-staff training days and special training days for parents. Together with Park End, I was delighted to welcome Rachel Bullock of ITV Tyne Tees News to the school for a morning of filming and interviews.
Rachel interviewed Julia, five children and me before filming a class of Year 6 children playing chess. Next we went into the school hall to find and film the Year 3 children enjoying a game around the big patio set, before finishing up in the staffroom, where we discovered a large number of teachers and teaching assistants playing against each other during their break. Further interviews with the staff followed.
We concluded the very enjoyable morning by presenting Rachel Bullock with her very own CSC travel set …
— Sean Marsh, 10.8.2017