Firstly, a very warm welcome back to our students and staff after the half-term break. I trust that you all had a good rest. This week I have met with our team of job coaches to review the progress made so far by our students and they are doing AMAZINGLY well! With over half of our students already having moved on to paid employment or independent volunteering, we will be focusing our energy over the next 6 weeks in providing intensive support to those who aren’t quite there yet. All of our students have so much to offer an employer – if you know of any employers locally who may wish to work with us, please do pass on my details!
Now over to Colin for an update on the group this week..
Future Finders have been back to business after a busy time in Salou which I’m sure you have read all about in the previous blog post!
The students have arrived back to college in great moods and showing positive ‘can do’ attitudes.
This week has been a busy week with the students continuing job searching, completing portfolios, attending work and placements.
As always, Mondays start with a English lesson with Mrs Hartley and the students have been practising spellings and grammar to support their upcoming exams. They have also been working on their comprehension skills and they have improved their ability to extract both explicit and implicit information to gain a better understanding of a narrative.
The afternoon Maths session with Mr Holland has seen the students completing Entry Level 3 and Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills exam papers to help them better understand exam questions and to also show their working out. Mr Holland has reiterated the importance of showing what framework the students have used to attempt to answer the questions, as the majority of marks on the exam papers are given for the the clarity of method rather than just the right answer. The students have shown high levels of participation and effort within the lesson, well done!
As the end of the year gets closer, the Future Finders staff have started to take a ‘stepping back’ approach with the students who have gained employment – this will consist of staff now dropping into placements once a week and letting the students become more independent with travel and job roles.
Over the final 6 weeks those students who are still looking for work will be supported more intensively by our team of job coaches to ensure that a appropriate destination is found.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Head of College
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