Unit Radio is a group within The Malling School who produce original comedy plays and interview shows. It was set up by Giles Whitehead in 2008 and is run by staff at The Tydeman Centre, speech, language and autism unit. It is an ongoing project that encourages students to make audio shows as well as producing stage productions. As interest in the club has grown, involvement has extended from The Tydeman Centre to the wider school.
The radio plays allow students to excel in language without being held back by pen and paper. The plays are developed from plot lines which students act out through improvisation. Each scene is recorded, edited and sound effects and music added. As well as being educational, it is a versatile and fun medium to work with, developing confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills, as well as helping to build friendships. ” – Giles Whitehead