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Weekly blog 04.02.22

This week’s blog focuses on our amazing Employability students.

The Employability Pathway was set up in September 2019 and is for those students who are looking to develop a broad range of work-based skills and experience.

The aim is that students will access a variety of different work placements throughout the year whilst also focusing on developing
appropriate employability and life-based skills in addition to core subjects.

The pathway is designed as a steppingstone for students interested in moving on to our Pre-Internship Pathway, Bridging the Gap project, Future Finders, or into paid employment.

Here is a report from Mrs Peacock:

“What a change this term has been from the previous terms! We have had a mixture of class attendees where some days everybody was in, and other days only a few, due to numerous reasons! It has provided us a unique opportunity to spend extended quality time with some students. Unsure if they feel the same!

Because of covid restrictions, the Employability Group have not been able to access their normal work experience, but it has given us the opportunity to consider different internal options available instead.

We have done lots of gardening around the school, ICT support within different groups and some DIY.

I even had my table from home sanded and varnished by Jason!

Our group has done lots of work on identifying the type of personality they have and the type of work they would be suited to because of that.

As this is the last year for many of our students they received a prospectus from Oldham College. They have taken great interest in looking at different options available to them and spent time reading about their areas of interest.

The class have also kept mind and body fit with board games and cricket, although it was too cold to stay out for long!

Some members of the group have been playing Monopoly, and making up the rules of the game as they went along. It was great to see them using their maths skills and interacting with
one another.”

Mrs Peacock

Well done to all the Employability group who continue to work hard towards developing the skills needed for their desired destinations.

Great effort everyone!

On Thursday I had the real pleasure and privilege of joining our Governors Cathy and Ken in meeting again with the Learning Centre student council reps. I feel that supporting student voice is one of the most important parts of my role. Daniaal, Phillip, Daniel and Suhban were truly amazing and represented their peers, and the Learning Centre with confidence, consideration and maturity, as
Ken put it, they could show our Government what true democracy, representation and responsibility are about!

We discussed the role of assessment within our college and what LC students should be learning about. It was interesting to hear their views on reporting and how that should look, reflecting that
we are a college, setting rather than a school and our assessments and reports should reflect that.

We will be meeting with the School and College councils at an extraordinary meeting to further discuss this and we will be also seeking the views from families as we move forward.

The student reps also met with our cook Sharon to discuss college lunches. This was an extremely productive discussion which has led to a number of improvements including the joint development
of a new menu which now includes Fish and chips Friday, that’s me sorted!

We also discussed budgets and healthy eating.

We are also looking to introduce menu boards. Sharon was very thankful and impressed by the students contributions and I’m delighted that student voice is driving the direction of lunches.

Also on the agenda was student wellbeing and we have agreed to replace the student worry box with the LCPB ‘Learning Centre Post Box’. Students felt that it is important for students to talk and
share their worries or concerns, but sometimes they could feel embarrassed about being seen using a ‘worry’ box.

We are therefore changing this to a general sharing box. I do feel humbled by how insightful and caring our students can be in their wish to look after each other.

The Council also voted unanimously for the proposal for the ‘Community Spirit’ group to coordinate collections for the local food bank who are struggling at the moment.

The meeting also decided to donate the monies raised at Christmas to the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’.

I would like to say a big thank you to Daniaal, Phillip, Daniel and Suhban and reiterate how immensely proud I am of you and the difference you are making to life at the Learning Centre.

I’d like to finish by sharing a page from a book I’m currently reading by Charlie Mackesy entitled ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’. It’s a beautiful collection of thoughts and reflections and I
shared it today with staff. I feel its just as appropriate for our student council reps and students in general.

Have a great weekend.


Take care & stay safe.




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