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Blackpool Opportunity Area launches online careers support

An online careers package has been launched by the Blackpool Opportunity Area to support Year 10 and 11 pupils and provide guidance on training, further education and the world of work.

Start in Blackpool is a FREE digital platform designed to support each pupil’s individual career journey and prepare them for employment.

The online Blackpool Careers Journey forms part of the learning platform and is now live on the website. It offers a series of short courses for young people to boost their employability training as well as improve their skills and knowledge.

Created by careers guidance company U-Explore, the courses have been tested with professionals and pupils from Educational Diversity.

The priority in the first instance is to target vulnerable young people who are at risk of ending up not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Pupils will benefit from a wide variety of resources from education providers and be able to learn about future careers as well gaining an insight into the vast job opportunities available across the Fylde coast.

The online Blackpool Careers Journey is funded by the Blackpool Opportunity Area. Blackpool is one of 12 Opportunity Areas set up by the Department for Education to improve education standards and help every child and young person in the area to reach their full potential.

The main aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people from education through to employment.

This means that children should be well prepared to start school by the time they are aged five, be able to achieve their full potential whilst at school and college and be well-informed to make ambitious choices about their future as adults.

The Blackpool Opportunity Area has three priority areas including raising attainment in Blackpool’s schools, supporting vulnerable children to stay in education, and improving advice and support for young people when moving between schools/colleges and into work.

The programme is now in its fourth year of funding and will run until August 2021. 

Mike Taplin, Blackpool Opportunity Area Delivery Lead, said: “This new digital facility provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people in our community to access high quality careers information, advice and guidance, as they start thinking about their futures in Year 11, making urgent decisions about their next steps.

“Despite the challenges that the lockdown has brought, we want to prepare year our older pupils for their next steps, whatever their ambitions. 

“We want to encourage young people in Blackpool at this stage in their education to make full use of the excellent courses available to support their career journey. 

“We are striving to provide young people with the opportunities to thrive and make a success of their lives which is why we are confident that Start in Blackpool will help our young people as they plan for their futures in these very challenging times.”

Matt Peters, Managing Director of U-Explore Ltd, said: “We are delighted to add virtual learning to the successful Start in Blackpool web resource. 

“We have been inundated with support from education providers, employers and other stakeholders in the town to create something truly ground-breaking. 

“Employers are providing exciting virtual work experience opportunities with hands on tasks and video instruction that suits the YouTube generation and students receive certificates to help their onward progression. The platform will grow over the coming months and be something the town can be justifiably proud of.”

Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration, added: “The online Blackpool Careers Journey provides young people in Blackpool with an opportunity to learn more about employers, higher education and apprenticeships as well as businesses within the local area and to make informed decisions about their future careers.”

For more information on the Blackpool Careers Journey, visit careersjourney.startinblackpool.com

CEO: Continuing to support those in isolation

This past week has been National Loneliness Awareness week, so I thought I would explain some of the work we have done to help those in need in Blackpool over the past few months.

I’ve spoken a lot about how we have changed our delivery to suit the circumstances and this has been the case for our Extra Time, Sporting Memories, Get Set to Go, Veterans Coffee Mornings programmes and many more too.

These programmes normally focus on the isolated people in our community, more than 9 million people in our country are either always or often lonely. We’ve found that more than 17% of older people go for two weeks without speaking to someone, 11% more than a month!

These statistics cause great concern for us and in an area like Blackpool, we have a large number of people who fall into this category.

We know that being in this category also brings significant risk of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, falls, depression, Alzheimer’s and sleep problems, which all can result in earlier deaths.

With this in mind, these people have become a priority and we have delivered a host of provision throughout the past three months including; online Quiz’s every Friday evening on Facebook live, our team have developed activity packs for people at home to complete, including Sporting Memories resources, spot the ball activities and many more football related games.

We have developed a GetSet2Talk programme, bringing participants together digitally, who would normally come together to play football to improve their mental health. This past week, our group came together for a fancy dress meeting on Zoom, which from our picture shows some very interesting costumes.

We have delivered Health visits, to residents door steps to break up their day and show a friendly face. Our football club directors and first team players have called many of our fans and season ticket holders to have a chat, and our Community Engagement Officer Dave Marsland has called more than sixty people every week, to check on them and have a chat too.

These are all examples of how we have tried to reduce isolation in the period and we plan to enhance this in the short and long term future. We hope to announce a new programme very soon, that will incorporate an extension of calling people, writing to local residents, visiting door steps, developing more virtual social groups and also finding ways to develop intergenerational meetings to get our young people to support our older generation through social action. 

We have a strong vision for developing new social prescribing techniques, to get the community to improve their own mental and physical health, and this is an example of being able to utilise the power of the Football Club brand and brings an attention no one else can bring.

We also hope as restrictions continue to be relaxed, that we can start to phase back some of our community groups and start to bring people back together, safely.

The pandemic has brought significant issues and stress to the organisation, but it has also allowed us time to review and learn new ways to engage our community and we hope to implement new plans and strategies in the coming months.

I’d like to close this week with adding, that if you ever feel lonely or know somebody that does, please pass on our helpline numbers. There is always somebody available to help and we may also be able to link you to services that can help even further. 

Call anytime during the week between 8:30am and 5:30pm on 07939446367 or 07939156297. We’re here to chat!

CEO: More back to work

As schools begin to reopen in Blackpool, we have offered our support for staff to attend and provide some help with their delivery. 

Some of our PL Primary Stars team have stepped up to visit some of our local primary schools and restart our delivery of PE and Physical activity for the children now attending their schools again. 

It’s a shame some schools have requested we delay attending their establishments, whilst they continue to work through their own safety procedures and risk assessments, which I must admit, from doing these myself for our charity and our facilities, are extremely difficult to put together and rely on staff to follow with common sense.

We will also be re-establishing our Unstoppable programme, our mental health programme, for year 6 pupils to address an number of key issues including; transition to secondary school, relationships at home and in the community and association with gangs and knife crime. The programme was kindly funded this season by BFC owner Simon Sadler and his company Segantii Capital Management and becomes even more important in the current and future climate. 

We will deliver the project to some schools virtually, so there will be no need to visit the establishments (at the schools wishes), but delivery with the Dan Freedman book will attempt to look as similar as possible as being in the classroom.

The members of our team returning to support schools will also start to develop new digital content to help our usual participants still at home and we will share information as soon as we can.

In the coming weeks we will also start to reintroduce some of our outreach activities and are working really closely with Blackpool Council and Revoelution to support with delivering some online and on the street detached work with young people and will begin building information on where young people are gathering and what type of provision they would engage in, so that we can develop them to be safe and within government guidance under the umbrella of PL Kicks.

We will also now be able to finally launch our new youth work project Tower Above, which was set to start in March, which works closely with a number of local organisations and our local Families In Need service, to identify young people that need some 1-to-1 help before they engage in negative and unlawful behaviour, so that we could put them on a positive pathway.

We already have a number of referrals, ready to be worked with and now seems the most appropriate and safe opportunity to get the team out and working with these young people.

Over the past week, I have been working with our management team to develop a strategy and now the operation plans for our charity to Build Back Better and we collaboratively believe now is the time to not take the easy option and keep all staff on furlough and start to bring back even more of our team to help our community in a time that it is needed more than ever.

This is a really tough thing to balance, as we have seen significant financial loses in this period, worth more than £370,000, so balancing doing the right thing and maintain a level of financial security is crucial.

Our mission is to develop diverse community programmes and partnerships, to give the best opportunities to the people of Blackpool and our vision is to build a healthier, active and more work ready community, so there is no better time than now for us to stand up and provide our support, where we can.

We hope to continue to build on this start and continue to implement more of our existing provisions as soon as possible and also to investigate new ways we can help our local residents.

As part of this new strategy development, one thing that became apparent is that 77% of our workforce come from or live in the local area. I believe this is integral to having a charity that is focused on Blackpool and the more born and bred employees we have builds a greater desire and drive to help.

As part of this step towards our new normality, this week we reintroduced some staff back into our office, which has been refocused and made appropriate for a significantly less amount of the team to attend at the same time. Our reasoning for doing this now is to build on the collaborative work the team would do in a usual environment and start to work collectively to redevelop and refocus the organisation. This has proven a great and safe success this week, with new and revised ideas already flying around the room. Staff returning to the office space have this week been surveyed and asked if they now felt comfortable to come back to work, which 100% responded yes and 100% felt the facilities had been amended appropriately to remain safe and happy to enter the building. 100% felt they were now able to collaborate better with colleagues to plan for the future and 80% agreed it had improved their own personal mental health, the other 20% felt their mental health hadn’t suffered.

NEW Minibus before lockdown

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and Blackpool FC Community Trust – Working together to break down transportation barriers so all young people can attend activities and courses, regardless of disabilities. 

Last year, DM Thomas Foundation granted Blackpool FC Community Trust £20,250 to purchase a minibus with disabled access to support our plans to expand our inclusive provision. The promise was that it would enable hundreds of disabled children and young people in Blackpool, or those living with a longstanding illness, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and alleviate feelings of exclusion. The initiative was discussed by the Grants Committee, and by the trustees, whom all recognised that the bus would add significant value to their existing inclusion work.

The grant/support has been possible thanks to voluntary fundraising for the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People from Hilton hotels across the UK.  

Karen Anderson MBE, ambassador for the DM Thomas Foundation, visited the project and said: 

“I met with Ashley Hackett, CEO of the Charity, based at Blackpool Football Club.

Although I was aware of the Community Trust, I have never really had any insight into exactly how much they do in the Community, as they have previously never approached DMT for support. They do incredible work, so inspiring!

Blackpool FC is at the very heart of the community, where their Community Trust team are based. They offer a whole range of opportunities and programmes for young people to improve their quality of life through Physical Activity, Educational and Employability, Health and Wellbeing. I had no hesitation in highly recommending this grant, seeing first-hand what they do for young people in this community.”

Simon Sheehan, Director of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People said: 

“Through our grants programme we are able to support some amazing local and national youth causes like an accessible minibus to use for inclusion activities. We have been continually impressed by the work of Blackpool FC Community Trust and the specialist support it provides to children with disability.” 

Ashley Hackett, CEO of Blackpool FC Community Trust said:

“Being a charity it’s tough to be able to support everybody in the way that we would like. With the help of the DM Thomas Foundation we are now able to transport even more young people to and from our sessions that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend.”

If you can support Blackpool FC Community Trust in any way. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

CEO: Importance of Volunteers

This past week has been National Volunteers Week, so I wanted to use this space to talk about the massive importance volunteers have played on our charity and how they help us to help more people in our Community. 

Our voluntary team almost has a two pronged attack to it, the first is the host of young people, that utilise our V100 programme to gain experience and receive coaching qualifications in return to help build their CV and potential for employment in the sport, leisure and teaching industry and we have lots of examples of people that have utilised this to the best effect. 

One example is a young man called Jack King, who has been in full time education with the Community Trust for over five years (through his BTEC and Degree qualifications) throughout this time, Jack has also volunteered with the Trust on a number of different programmes and now works for the Community Trust as part of our PL Primary Stars team, improving the quality of PE delivered to primary schools in Blackpool. 

The other side to our volunteer team are people from our local area, that want to help. These people support our delivery team, by attending sessions and making sure our participants get the best experience we can give them. 

One example of this is a young man called Bradley Baylis. Brad is a fanatical Blackpool FC fan, has been through the Community Trust education system and now supports our Community team to deliver a host of provision including Walking Football, Sporting Memories and PL Kicks. He has always given his time to help others and is a great example for young people to follow. Brad was also involved in raising more than £2,200 for the Trust and other local charities through a number of fundraising events this past year, which include a programme fair at Bloomfield Road and running from Scarborough to Blackpool too. 

Another really inspiring individual is local veteran Marianna Mitchell, who originally started attending our veterans coffee mornings as a participant. Maz’s personality is the type that she almost instantly wanted to do more and became a leading member of the groups and took on additional time and responsibility to help other vets to not feel as alone or isolated. Marianna also helped last year, with her son, with part of the clean-up of Bloomfield Road, once the receivers entered the Football Club. She spent three days polishing all the trophies our great club had accumulated and made our FA cup trophy look brand new. 

These are three example of wonderful people in our town, that the Community Trust is greatly proud to be associated with and significantly appreciate the time and support they give to help others. 

I also wanted to make aware the fantastic support over the years we have received from the Blackpool FC first team players, who regularly give up their time to support our participants by attending sessions, getting involved in physical activities, sharing their experiences with our BFC Sport College Students and taking time to give positive and impactful messages. In 2019 our first team players made 312 appearances in Community activities. 

My final point on volunteers is the group we helped to form as part of our Walking Football programme. Whilst the groups have always attended and supported our recreational community sessions taking place every week, a large number formed the Senior Seasiders Blackpool Walking Football team, unfortunately the team was formed whilst the protests were taking place, meaning they did not feel comfortable competing full time under the umbrella of Blackpool FC and actually were supported by AFC Blackpool. We respected their decision and continued to support and maintain contact and the group have coordinated a fantastic group/team that have travelled and conquered local, national and continental competitions over the past few years, all whilst enjoying themselves and building some amazing bonds an friendships.

Over the past few months we have discussed the group becoming Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders and finally representing the town in the great tangerine shirt. Just prior to lockdown everyone thought this way the way forward and we are delighted to now have them back in their rightful home. It’s great to have this group representing the club, whilst also making sure we collectively support AFC Blackpool.

Again, all of this would not have been possible without all the volunteers that support the teams and the committee (which I now sit on) to shape and coordinate the bunch. 

I hope this week’s article has showcased some examples of how well supported we are and to finish with saying thank you to all the volunteers that help our charity.

While You’re Here

CEO: New supports in place for our Community

This week the team have been busy putting some new supports in place for our Community. 

Last Friday as part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations since our club rose to the dizzy heights of the Premier League, we launched two really exciting competitions for children and families to enjoy and get involved with. 

The first is called Show us your Adam and we have asked entrants to replicate Charlie Adam’s amazing free kick scored in the final and send us the video on social media.

The winner will be sent an amazing prize, donated by Charlie himself, a signed pair of his football boots. 

Our second competition includes another prize, that money cannot buy. 

Our winner will be given the opportunity to visit Bloomfield Road, once restrictions allow, to interview our First team Head Coach, Neil Critchley. Their interview will be published on the Club and Trust websites as well as a match day programme. 

To enter all you have to do is download our match report template HERE and complete it whilst watching the playoff final on the Blackpool FC YouTube channel. Our PL Primary Stars team will then pick the best report and the winner of the prize!

On another note, some of our Trust staff teamed up with staff from the Football Club and Club Hotel to help Blackpool Council with their clean sweep of the promenade, after the sunny bank holiday weekend. 

Volunteers spent a few hours cleaning all the rubbish people had left behind between Central Pier and the giant Mirror ball on the prom and the beach. The staff were greeted with a lovely response by some residents out and about doing their daily exercise and hopefully the team made a difference in making our great town look a little better after the carelessness of people leaving their trash for others to pick up. 

The team are also working hard to understand how our support can be extended to the community, with restrictions continuing to be relaxed further over the coming weeks. One issue that has caused us great concern in the past few weeks has been the groups of young people congregating on local parks and open spaces. In partnership with Revoelution and Blackpool Council, we are planning on trying to support our services with this issue, by doing some detached work and making these young people aware of the dangers they are putting themselves, friends, families and others at by not keeping their distance and following the guidance we have all been set. We’re hoping to divert them to some of our online services for now, until we can extend our face-to-face work in the (hopefully) not so distant future. 

We are coming up with similar plans to engage all our groups, which will no doubt have to be phased in, because of different age categories and target groups and their needs and potential risk, but the staff remain active, creative and anxious to get further work started as soon as we can. 

We’re aware that a number of our regular participants mental health and resilience has been significantly affected by having to stay at home and not engage in their regular activity, but we ask all to continue to stay at home and stay safe, so we can get all back involved in physical activity soon.

CEO – Helping our participants mental health

This past week we celebrated mental health awareness week and in the spirit of this I thought I would utilise this weeks write-up to make you aware of some of the ways we have tried to help people stay mentally positive. 

This past week saw us launch our new virtual Get Set 2 Go group. This group normally meet weekly at Stanley Park to use playing football as a way to help with their mental wellbeing, we have obviously had to postpone this is the current pandemic, so have now launched a virtual group for all participants to still come together, with their coaches and enjoy some (virtual) social time to share laughs and activities. The first weeks sessions have proved really popular.

We continue to deliver our weekly virtual Quiz on Facebook live, every Friday evening for everyone to enjoy with our Community Engagement Officer, Dave Marsland. If you choose to get involved, I apologise in advance for the bad jokes form Dave. 

We have also set up other virtual groups, for our older participants from our Sporting Memories and Extra Time social groups and these have proved very popular too. 

For FitFans participants that have completed the course we have set up new warm up groups where we are continuing to provide them with health tips to keep them on track and losing weight. We have done something very similar for potential new participants, to keep their positivity towards making life changes, who we hope to meet with and start the real programme as soon as we are allowed to do so safely. 

We have sent out a number of messages and activities for our secondary school participants, via our PL Inspires team, Simon Smith and Grace Oldfield, to help keep resilience high and attitudes towards education positive. I’ve tried some of the activities myself and they’re a great help, especially when tackling home schooling with our eight year old daughter, Scarlett. 

For people that just need someone to talk to, we continue to host our Community Hotline, which has helped many people link with appropriate groups and services or just been a voice on the other end of the line, for people that are on their own. If you need to call this line the numbers are, 07939446367 or 07939156297. 

Whilst we have put a lot of thought and attention to our participants, we also need to make sure our staff team remain engaged and mentally positive, as they have endured difficult circumstances through the pandemic and as a team we always try to be there for each other. We have all kept in touch, via email and full team video meetings, WhatsApp groups and some have been lucky to still see some of the team face-to-face via our community hub food delivery programme. Many of the staff have said volunteering on this service has made this whole period so much easier. Our team are normally get up and go people, who love engaging with the community and trying to make a difference, so this period has been tough. 

We have also tried to be responsible when it comes to Furloughing staff. The mental wellbeing of all of them and ensuring we are able to continue to support our community were the key factors to us only utilising the job retention scheme for 41% of our workforce, this shows our intention to continue to support our community to the highest standard, compared to a much higher 60% for all other football club community charities across the country.

The best way to find out about what we can do for you and your family is via our website (www.bfcct.co.uk) or a visit to our social media platforms. We genuinely have something taking place for everybody so, if you haven’t already, find out how you can get involved, and we will see you soon.

CEO – Club and Trust working hand in hand

I’ve talked a lot over the past weeks of all the great work the Community Trust has been doing in response to the current situation, but what has gone unnoticed is the support we have received from the Football Club to support our community. 

Between our clubs owner, club staff, trust staff and first team players, we have called vulnerable and self-isolating supporters, project participants and residents in need of a boost and to check on their welfare, as well as young children missing out on birthday parties. We have made in excess of 600 calls in this period. 

We have also utilised our first team players to put out key government and health messaging to reach key demographics through football. 

The players have also developed fitness activity videos, encouraging people to keep active indoors, which have worked perfectly alongside the Trust videos for local schools and families, making sure we keep all engaged, motivated and challenged. 

As part of our Community Food and Wellbeing Hub the club have made significant donations to the food packs we send out each week. 

They have donated all the drinks, crisps and chocolate that had been purchased for use in the concourse on match days for the rest of this season. It’s added some treats to the packs provided by Blackpool Council’s Corona Kindness Programme. 

They also donated 500 Easter eggs which had been purchased for sale in the club shop but were added to our packs and the food bank currently being coordinated at Blackpool Tower by Merlin. 

We were also able to give 50 BFC branded Footballs to Blackpool Council’s Youth Services. The request was made to me to help with certain young lads who were playing football in the park. The hope was that giving them a football each would keep them in their homes and gardens and safe. 

Players have also been engaging with young supporters by challenging them to games of FIFA 20 and the Trust has been working alongside the Premier League for something similar for our Kicks participants, for safeguarding reasons we are not allowed to give further details, but it’s just another way we have been interacting with the young people in our community.

Whilst there are also other things we and the club have been doing to support the community, I wanted to highlight how closely we are now working and how great it is to work with the Football Club, as one, in this new era. 

My attention now turns to trying to work out where our charity sits within the new 50 page roadmap to recovery document the government has released and how or if we can start to bring some of our services back in person. 

We are working with local schools to understand how they will return some of their pupils back and have offered our services to all our partner primary and secondary schools. 

Ironically we launched two brand new, mental health projects this year; the first, Unstoppable, uses Dan Friedman’s book (of the same name) to look at key issues for year 6’s and how to cope with the transition from primary to secondary school, with relationships at home and issues in their community. This becomes even more important in the current time, so we are developing two ways to restart our delivery of this project.

If schools are comfortable with us visiting, using appropriate physical distancing, staying aware and using PPE, we will deliver in the classes. 

If not, we are developing a new digital offer that could see us deliver the session virtually from the stadium and link into the classrooms smart boards. 

The other programme is PL Inspires, which works with Year 10 pupils, to support them with preparations for their GCSE exams, making them aware of the local Headstart Revoelution Framework for mental health and providing them with activities to help them with revision and many other topics. Again we are talking to schools about which of the two ways they would like us to deliver to the years groups that are returning to school first. 

We have also offered our services to support the schools with their PE delivery and development of teachers delivery of the subject.

With regards to our own education programmes, most of our BTEC Sports College students have continued to work throughout the pandemic from home and will complete their academic year in June, so they will get the summer off and won’t have the need to return to physical classes until September. Our Traineeship team will begin preparation for a new summer cohort, to hopefully start in July, but our NCS team have to wait until 2021 to deliver their full programme that includes residential trips. We are working closely with NCS partners to develop a safer, local offer for the Autumn programme we usually deliver. 

The area that is causing us the most concern is our Community Programmes, most are based on bringing groups together to socialise and engage in physical activity. I doubt it will be any time in the near future that we can bring our Walking Footballers, Disability players and Kicks participants back to play games of football, so we are looking at how we can adapt our provision to still have some engagement as soon as possible.

We’ll keep you all posted as soon as we have worked all this out, but rest assured, we are working tirelessly to bring back our support, whilst making sure we keep our participants and staff safe.

CEO – Time to start planning for a brave new world

After seven weeks of staying safe at home, I thought I would do something different in my update this week by explaining some of the processes we, as a charity, have to follow to make sure we meet the guidelines of the Charities Commission, Companies House and our funders. 

We follow strict guidance to make sure that we are a charity with good governance, financial controls, safeguarding procedures, health and safety restrictions and are a company that concentrates our attention to our staff and participants’ best interests. 

This past week we have had our annual independent financial audit undertaken, so that we can continue to prove all is done in a correct manner. That is all most charities legally have to do, but to receive the funding we are able to access from the Premier League and from the EFL Trust we have to uphold a strict Capability Code of Conduct. 

This keeps the organisation maintaining a level of quality assurance across 14 governance subjects and 120 mandatory obligations. The best way to explain this is by saying it is to us what Ofsted is to schools. 

While this code of best practice is regularly a thorn in my side, at the current time it has been a great support to make sure our charity has a level of security. Two of the pieces we must complete are a business risk register and business continuity plans, which I have had to refer to on a regular basis over the past two months. 

They have helped steer me to make sure our staff are secure, which ultimately means we can continue to support our community. I have also had great support over this period from our board of trustees to guide me in maintaining financial security over a period when our charity is losing more than £350,000 in income. 

The board is helping us to find as many ways as possible to mitigate this loss and is supporting us in looking forward. This is now where our attention lies. Working with many local partners and organisations, we now start to plan our developments to help our local residents post-pandemic. We predict this will focus on health and wellbeing checks, supporting children’s and young people’s transitions back to schools and safely reintegrating back into community activity, while also supporting our community to improve their resilience and mental health.

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This photo was taken before social distancing rules were in place.

We believe it’s time to find ways to reintegrate our community with safe physical distancing to reengage our participants to love healthy, happy lives. We also understand we have a strict guidance to follow from our Government and look forward to utilising new ways to engage even more people. We anticipate a number of the new ways we have found to work over the past couple of months will now become regular features of our provision, while we hope (in time) to reintroduce our traditional methods too. 

We also received an amazing piece of news for our education team this past week. Our BFC Sports College team received their ALPS score, which is a system that allows education providers to measure the value they add to a BTEC student’s performance and journey – compared to what might have been expected of them with their previous academic performance at GCSE. 

This system gives a score of one to nine and we received a two, meaning we are in the top 25 per cent of education providers in the country for the quality of support we offer our BTEC students. 

This is another example of the attention we pay to supporting our participants and students to give them the best opportunities. Stay safe everyone and stay positive.