What we do

Primary

In primary schools, Charlie delivers More Than a Face assemblies and Key Stage 2 author workshops over the course of a day following the publication of her best selling book ‘Our Altered Life’ which explains her journey with Oliver and Harry.
The day starts with an introduction to Charlies journey, the book and the reasons for creating the ‘More Than a Face’ project. Pupils will be educated on facial differences, touched by the reality of an altered life, and inspired by a boy who is just like them. The content of the assembly meets many of the Ofsted requirements for the spiritual, moral, social & cultural development of pupils.
During the author workshops, Charlie draws parallels between writing her own book and pupils creating their own writing including the importance of an effective plan, self assessment, peer assessment, editing, acting on feedback and illustrations.
Year 3 and 4 will be guided through a task on finding and using high level descriptive vocabulary. Years 5 and 6 will work on creating the plan of a story with a twist!

Pupils will be invited to design a poster showing the things that make them unique. A winner will be selected from each year group to receive a £10 amazon voucher. You can see these art works on the Gallery page.
Feedback from the sessions has been incredibly positive both from staff and pupils who have learned a lot about both facial differences and the importance of not judging people based on appearances.

Secondary

For secondary schools Charlie delivers an honest, informative and thought provoking ‘More Than a Face’ assembly aimed at raising awareness and promoting acceptance of facial differences, specifically tailored to suit the older students.

The assembly covers

  • The physiology of facial recognition and why it’s natural to feel startled
  • Perceptions of facial differences through History and in society
  • The difference between congenital and acquired facial difference
  • The feelings of those who have facial difference
  • Strategies to treat those with a facial difference positively
  • Charlene’s experiences with her son Harry who has congenital facial difference
  • The abuse they have received online and her hopes for Harry and his future
  • Questions and Answers session

An assembly lasts approx. 50 minutes.
Workshops are 30 minutes long and cover the importance of values in life, how students recognise what their values are and how they can demonstrate the positive values which shape us as individuals.
Feedback from staff and students has been fantastic with a significant percentage of students reporting that they have a better understanding and view of those with facial differences after the assembly.
Staff have also said that they feel the message of More Than a Face is also relevant outside of facial difference in terms of the interactions between peers particularly over social media.
Please check out our testimonial pages to read the feedback from students and staff.