Monday, July 15, 2024

Foundation awards lay roots for skills in Thurrock

THREE Thurrock schools are celebrating the success of working together to provide vocational training for students.

Grays Media Arts College, St Cleres and Hassenbrook schools have worked in collaboration over the last academic year as part of a foundation learning scheme focusing on vocational skills.

Painting and decorating, catering and horticulture were just some of the subjects in the project which has been described as “the best example of school collaboration the NOCN (National Open College Network) has ever seen”.

To mark the success all three Head Teachers and the students involved attended an awards ceremony at St Cleres School, Stanford le Hope, on Friday (13 July).

Among the presentations was the shield for the Foundation Learner of the Year won by Shanie Wickers of Hassenbrook School.

Thurrock Council Portfolio Holder for Education Councillor, Oliver Gerrish, said: “We are keen to support all students across Thurrock by offering a variety of opportunities for all to ensure every single pupil can reach their potential. Foundation Learning is one of the ways we will continue to support practical learning for young people in all of Thurrock’s schools.”

St Clere’s Headteacher, Paul Griffiths, said: “The NOCN Step-Up programme provides high quality provision and achievement for our learners. We are delighted with the success of our students this year and we will look to develop further opportunities for them in the future.”

Key to the success was the joint working of the three schools and all students visited each of the three schools to complete the course. NOCN has also decided to use the Thurrock programme as a case study of an example of best practise on their website to promote the qualification.

The programme will be repeated in each of the three schools next year for a new group of students. Students already on the programme will continue to develop a range of skills by studying additional units including Employability, Personal Finance and Healthy Living which enable students to achieve an additional qualification.

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