Like everyone we’re navigating the twists and turns of Covid and striving to keep business as usual for our learners. This of course has led to its own challenges, such as minimising the mixing of learners and external work placements on the whole being suspended, but from these we look for opportunities!
We’ve created a tutor group system, which has strengthened our curriculum, with each class taught and supported by a core tutor and learning support assistants, in addition to specialist subject teachers to broaden learning. This has actually worked in our favour as a Covid secure measure, as whilst it is beneficial to our learners, we can also further refine the curriculum according to each of them.
We’ve also continued to navigate remote learning this year and have had some really great examples of this, making use of Teams to engage learners at home in a variety of sessions including cooking and communication, alongside distributing work for learners to complete offline.
To compensate for offsite work experience being reduced, we have set up a variety of exciting onsite opportunities and enterprise activities for learners to develop skills leading towards employment. All products are available to order by calling 01257 472 900 or emailing email@example.com.
These include our Christmas crafts made in our workshop, just £5 each:
Bird feeders one class is making and selling through ‘5ive,’ the business they have set up:
And if you want your car washing on a Wednesday afternoon, just let us know – another class has set up their own car washing business at our Standish site!
In previous years we would normally have our Christmas lunch, where learners invite their families in for food, drink and a celebration of their achievements. At the time of writing, this would contravene many guidelines, so we’ve tasked each class with coming up with their own celebrations – we look forward to seeing what they have planned.
We are looking forward to the new year and all it brings and wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
John Mitchell, Head of Learning, My Life Learning