Discovering New Experiences With MC&MA

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27/09/2010 by mcmakarolyn

I-Discover Regional Manager Michael Ford speaks to year 9 MC&MA (Boys) students about the programme and the experiences they could enjoy

Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Boys) students have been given the unique opportunity to tailor their education with the new i-discover programme this week.

The pilot scheme, which is running alongside the academy’s enrichment days, will take place for year 9 students at the boys’ site twice a month from Friday October 1.

I-Discover started at the girls’ academy on Friday 17th September.

Michael Ford, regional manager for i-discover, said it is an exclusive project: “It’s only been launched in three areas of the country, and it’s brand new. It’s an innovative way of young people to choose learning experiences.

Exciting opportunities

Students can get involved in music production, filmmaking and practical rocketry programmes delivered by the likes of space access company Starchaser, and Manchester art venues Cornerhouse and Band On The Wall.  

They are given virtual money to spend on their selected experience – at no cost to the academy or pupil – and a unique number to use on the i-discover site. This allows them to book their place, which boys did at the i-discover trade show earlier on this month.

They got to meet some of the experience providers at the event, and then visited the i-discover website to select their chosen experience.    

Spending money wisely

Tyler Broad, who is in 9R, was very careful with his budget. He said: “The assault course is £75 and it’s a lot of money so I don’t know whether I’m going to do it or not.

 “I’ll have a better look online to see what experience I will choose.”

Miss Alberti, Head of Enrichment and i-discover co-ordinator at the boys’ site said: “The students love it when other people come in and deliver an experience, and they can get involved in real-life situations. It can offer them so much.”

For more information about i-discover, go to


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