David Holloway OBE has been a community education and youth arts facilitator for over 25 years. In 1993, he established Tolerance in Diversity, winner of the Stop Racism 2000 International Award. David was part of the team that developed the Tower Hamlets Summer University, which was rolled out nationally in 1998. His Millennium Award Schemes funded young people to develop and sustain their own projects across the UK. David is currently developing the Ideas College Creative & Media Alternative Provision Free School in south east London. In 2000 David was awarded the OBE and has an MA in Applied Anthropology.
Hannah and Sophie sat at the back of the class, heads on the desk, chatting. The rest of the class were working on the brief. Hannah and Sophie were whom I was interested in, labelled and presenting as described: disengaged, badly behaved, badly turned out, but attending school - today. A kind of plus as far as the school was concerned. Myself, by their age, I was not attending. At first they looked indignant and bored in equal measure. Who was this old guy interrupting their conversation? I endeavoured to engage them. They looked irritated. I changed track “Did you see Skins last night?” They engaged. “Who was with who?” “Hey, do you reckon that Cassie will get off with Thomas....?”