At a time when the landscape for learning was shifting, Grimm & Co was in the making. It all started with a £3 million project in Rotherham (2009) to find out what would make the greatest difference to children’s literacies – especially the most marginalised. The research (with the University of Sheffield) concluded, funds ended in 2011 and the outcomes and results were staggering. We could see clearly the key ingredients to changing children’s narratives.
Starting with a £0 budget and a team of 1, Grimm & Co’s foundation stone was laid. Local support + children and young people’s steer helped to direct and build the project – from businesses to artists, everyone believed in the project and many got on board and helped to create it!
The model was further inspired by the Once Upon a School Ted Talk by Dave Eggers and the work of the Ministry of Stories. The 826 model and philosophy aligned beautifully to the outcomes of the research so Grimm & Co joined the 826 and MoS family.