Kat Francois has approx 20 years experience working with young people and holds a current enhanced CRB certificate.
She first began working with young people as a volunteer in her teens, helping out at her local youth club, then becoming a youth worker, working 4 summers in a row at an American Summer Camp with disadvantaged young people, and currently running poetry, dance and theatre workshops in schools and youth clubs and supporting charitable foundations working with young people. She was also the manager of a peer education project training young people in drugs and health education, taking them out into the community to hold workshops within youth clubs and schools.
She is also a specialist in PHSE teaching, having worked for Brook Advisory for many years as a health advisor in schools and has been requested to speak on the subject by BBC news programmes on a number of occasions.
Kat is passionate about her work with young people and loves nothing better than using her performance and educational skills to include those considered hard to reach. Her experience in this field has spread far and wide, from working with young people with physical and/or learning disabilities, to the disadvantaged and disaffected across all age ranges.
Kat Francois is available for workshops in all environments that cater for the needs of young people. Her ability to champion and relate to young people and create programmes which they can relate to is what sets her apart from other facilitators. Energetic, passionate and dedicated, she takes her work seriously. Through writing and performance, she reaches out to young people who have issues with literacy and reading, encouraging them to have confidence in their writing skills and their voice. Over the years Kat has worked in pupil referral units, primary and secondary schools, SEN schools, youth clubs, and young offenders units.
Kat Francois is available to work in schools and young peoples organisations in London and nationally. Programmes can be created to fit the individual needs of each organisation, reflecting the needs of the curriculum or pastoral programme. Her SRE programmes fit in the national guidelines set for each Key Stage. Through 2011 she will be touring a play directed at 8-11 year olds called "WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME," which will deal with hygiene, and changes in the body with a fun dynamic and interactive approach. There will be teacher’s notes and a workshop pack available to accompany the workshop. If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] where the project manager will be happy to discuss your needs.
Kat Francois has been teaching poetry and drama workshops to young people for over 6 years, and is happy to work in diverse and challenging environments. Her workshops are fun and exciting and can reach the most disaffected young people.
Kat is happy to work with any age group and sees poetry as a tool to unlock the imagination and emotions and raise levels of literacy. Within her work, she uses drama games and techniques, word games, movement and positive encouragement. She is available for hour workshops, day workshops, week long residential, or long term residentials.
Kat is also happy to work with adults, and in the past has held workshops in homeless hostels, women’s organisations, corporate team building, conferences, and so forth. If you are interested in Kat Francois delivering a workshop for your organisation, please make contact via [email protected] where the project manager will be more than happy to discuss your needs.