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The Art to Achieving Meaningful Co-Production with Young People

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Learn about the basics of co-production as part of participatory research, and apply your thinking to contexts working with young people.
This self-study pack, developed alongside the Treescapes project, acts as an introduction to the use of co-production with young people. We’ll show how you can take an approach to participatory research that is designed to be with rather than on or about young people. You’ll cover the basic ideas behind co-production, in particular in education contexts, and you’ll be able to take these ideas away and apply them to your own work.

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Key InformationPoints40Effort10 hoursPrerequisitesnoneRelease Date8th August 2022
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Hi all! I’m Nobila Bano, an early career researcher, currently pursuing a PhD within the larger NERC-funded research project ‘Voices of the Future’ (UK Treescapes). My research will use co-production methodologies with young people, to explore the role of intergenerational knowledge transfer in migrant-background young peoples’ relations with/in the natural environment.  As a practitioner working within post-16 education, I draw upon my hands-on experience as a lecturer and researcher to support this module; over to you Kate!  a very brief bio. Make your name bold, and consider adding a link to it to your professional portfolio.

I’m Kate Westwood – a final year PhD researcher in Linguistics. My thesis, ‘An interdisciplinary exploration of the language of school exclusion’ (2022) draws on arts-based participatory approaches and critical discourse analysis with those involved in the process of excluding young people from mainstream education. The sections: Introduction to Co Production, Researching with Young People, Ethical Considerations, and Arts-based Methods are drawn from my thesis.  
I have been working with young people in Manchester for 10+ years in various settings: as a researcher with Manchester Metropolitan University/Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as a Teacher and Youth Worker in Primary, Secondary, and (dominantly) in PRUs/Alternative Provision schools, and finally as a creative workshop lead for charities and universities. Every role has involved working with young people who have been excluded – from school, within school, and broader areas of social life – by powerful social structures that (re)produce inequality, with the aim to counteract their effects.  Enter a very brief bio. Make your name bold, and consider adding a link to it to your professional portfolio.