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Young Learner Becomes a Learning Support Assistant

Young Learner Becomes a Learning Support Assistant

Jan 8, 2015

Liam Skee is eighteen years old and was born and raised in Gateshead. At school, Liam juggled his study while caring for his disabled parents. Liam’s dedication paid off when he succeeded in achieving good GCSE results. Liam readily admits that, despite his GCSE achievements, he lacked confidence and was unsure which route to take after school. Liam therefore decided to enrol on our Ready to Work Programme in February 2013. Maria Tyson was Liam’s Lead Tutor. Maria recognised Liam’s potential and the challenges he faced. Remembering Liam at the beginning of his journey, Maria said; “It soon became apparent that Liam was a smart young man who was juggling other commitments. Even though he was meeting his family and learning demands, Liam was always the first to offer help to his peers when they needed his support. Throughout Liam’s course we ensured he received wrap around care from our team. We engaged Liam in exercise activities to help him to overcome his reliance upon energy drinks which had contributed to Liam experiencing panic attacks and insomnia. The group learning activities and individual support helped Liam to develop his confidence and self-esteem.” “It soon became apparent that Liam was a smart young man who was juggling his commitments” Liam was a model learner throughout the Ready for Work programme. His attendance record was excellent and he always made valuable contributions to class discussions. Maths tutor Sarah Richardson said of Liam; “Liam attended my maths course. He flourished in class and his peers welcomed his support; I could see then that he had the necessary qualities which would enable him to make a difference to the lives of others.” A Natural Progression Every tutor that worked with Liam felt that he had potential to be a very good support worker. Liam welcomed the possibility of supporting tutors and  helping young learners to overcome some of the challenges he had faced himself. In 2014, Liam applied for a job as a Support Worker with learningSkills. Liam performed extremely well during the interview and impressed the interviewers with his enthusiasm and maturity. learningSkills were thrilled to offer Liam a Support Worker position. Supporting Young Learners Liam initially...

Mother becomes a Family Learning champion

Mother becomes a Family Learning champion

Jan 8, 2015

Beverly Orr first approached Family Learning at Wardley Children’s Centre in 2009. Bev wanted to get involved with learning based around her child. Her son, Tyler, was then 1 year old (using the Family Learning crèche) and Bev attended Family Learning courses throughout the next 2-3 years. She was able to gain skills and abilities to help her son with early number and language development in preparation for nursery school. Bev also achieved qualifications in Level 1&2 English and Maths during her time with Family Learning. She then went on to complete and achieve a qualification in ICT (ECDL) in 2012. Impact of learning on learners and their children Bev has gained personal confidence throughout her learning journey. When her son went to nursery in 2012, she was proud to receive positive comments from his teacher who said that Tyler was very advanced in his development, especially with his  reading, writing and number skills. Bev attributes this to what she had learnt with Family Learning. “Bev is the perfect Family Learning Champion. She is a shining example of how you can help and support your children.” This year, Bev has become a Family Learning Champion. She encourages parents to get involved with Family Learning by talking to them about the benefits to themselves and their children. Her son Tyler is now attending Lingey House Primary School  and Bev is taking part in the Family Maths and Family English courses in the school. She is a wonderful role model and example of how you can help and support your children. At the moment Bev is working as a volunteer with Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She is receiving training to become a qualified advisor. Bev commented; “Being part of Family Learning has given me a focus and the confidence to go on and learn something new. I am looking forward to my role as Family Learning Champion,” “Bev is a valued learner and a true ambassador for Family Learning” Family Learning Manager Karen Milne voiced the thoughts of the team when she commented upon Bev’s achievement and support. Karen said; “Bev has continued to develop her personal and professional skills. She is a valued learner. We are...

Future Exhibition?

Future Exhibition?

Jan 8, 2015

Art course inspires learners to develop own style using professional methods and techniques. Tutor Steve Lyon-Bowes wanted to create an art course that would give learners the opportunity to learn methods and techniques that professional artists use, but delivered in a way that would make it accessible to every learner. He absolutely achieved his goal now that he is delivering his Portraits course. Within the course, the learners do selfdirected projects, which are negotiated with the tutor, to make the best of their skills. Some learners are beginners, others already have art degrees and are looking to specialise. Confidence is developed throughout the course, to aid improvement of the skills. “I can’t believe how quickly I have achieved pleasing results and acquired new skills.” Steve’s learners are thrilled about their progress. Richard (Rick) Cheadle is currently undertaking his second year on the Art course. Rick is very happy with his learning and achievements, commenting; “I can’t believe how quickly I have achieved pleasing results and acquired new skills. Tips and techniques learned in just a short time,  along with encouragement and advice, have inspired me to develop my own style and work with confidence and independence at home. I hope there will be follow up courses to further develop this skill and achieve more in the future.” “Rick could certainly hold an exhibition of his work.” Tutor Steve said; “Rick is an outstanding learner, with a confident painting style. His enthusiasm, and willingness to learn, have helped him develop his already considerable skills, to the point where he could certainly hold an exhibition of his work.” Future Opportunities Rick and his fellow learners will have the opportunity to progress onto future courses with Steve. Bensham Grove are also planning an exhibition where learners can display and sell their...

Learner sells her Jewellery creations!

Learner sells her Jewellery creations!

Jan 8, 2015

Silversmithing is thriving at Bensham Grove. Tutor Imogen Waitt is delivering courses ranging from complete beginner through to Advanced level. Learners on the course are currently completing a project using the ancient art of chasing and repoussé to create fingerplates and other items in gilding metal. Learner designs have been inspired by the Arts and Craft movement. This work will feature permanently in Bensham Grove House.   Claire Chapman’s story Claire Chapman enrolled on her NCFE L1 Silversmithing course in September 2013. Claire had no previous experience but her technical and design ability increased rapidly. With her husband’s help they created a small workshop at home and invested in some tools and equipment. Selling Jewellery Claire plucked up her courage and approached The North East Art Collective. Claire’s jewellery is now being sold in their Newcastle shop. Here is Claire’s experience in her own words: “The Silversmithing course was something I had been interested in doing for a long time. However work commitments prevented me from being able to follow this up. I was delighted when my situation changed and I was able to access the course. From the beginning I felt that the tutor’s style suited me. We were able to carry out practical exercises right at  the beginning following her tutorials. Within a week or two I was totally hooked and wanted to explore further design and fabrication techniques. Imogen supported this, encouraging me each week to push myself further. Imogen provided me with extension activities to allow me to develop my skills. After a while I set up the workshop at home and started to buy tools and equipment I was able to practice even more. Imogen provided advice and guidance throughout, responding to emails in the evening and at weekends. This was very much appreciated. “Imogen encouraged me each week to push myself. She provided me with extension activities to allow me to develop my skills” Family and friends began asking me to make pieces for them and this encouraged me to approach the “North East Art Collective”. They agreed to take twelve pieces of jewellery to display and sell in their Gallery in Newcastle. As my learning continues I...

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