Learners use bite-sized English and maths from NCFE to progress
Learners at Darlington College are progressing to new career paths and learning opportunities thanks to bite-sized English and maths from NCFE.
The Next Steps programme at Darlington College provides a supported learning environment for young people working towards post-16 qualifications and employment. The young people on the programme are working on their skills for independent living, going on to higher level courses, the workplace or volunteering roles.
Sean Maguire, Programme Leader at Darlington College said: “I had worked with NCFE in previous roles over 15 years and I had always had a positive experience. Within our department, we had discussed how we could supplement our learners studies to help them gain valuable English and maths skills that would not only help them whilst they were with us, but also give them skills to use in their everyday lives.
We chose NCFE’s bite-sized units as they were relevant to our learners and they use real life examples, which allow learners to develop transferable skills.”
NCFE’s bite-sized units offer personal intervention for learners and allow for educators to target specific areas for development with short and manageable units. Completing each unit is a great way to boost confidence and engage them in education in a manageable way.
Sean said: “Offering NCFE’s bite-sized units has been particularly beneficial to many of our learners who have specific learning needs such as autism. Without essential skills in maths and English, our learners wouldn’t be able to easily progress in to work or on to further education. We’ve found that many learners have been able to go in to employment or further study in sectors such as catering, joinery and business and some have been able to live independently now that they are confident in skills others might take for granted like how to manage money.”
Darlington College originally delivered bite-sized English and maths as a supplement to other qualifications but now embed these units so they are part of an integrated programme of learning.
Sean continued: “I would recommend NCFE to other centres who wish to build up the skills of their learners in a way that is manageable for the learner but also for the tutor, as the administration responsibilities are very low. We were especially grateful to our External Quality Assurer, Alison Warren, who offered fantastic support and guidance as it was a new qualification for our teaching staff. Alison helped our staff develop their own skills and delivery which is why it has been so effectively integrated into our programme.
Alison said: “It was a pleasure to work with Darlington College to support them in the delivery of bite-sized English and maths. The programme was well planned and delivered to meet learners’ needs and the use of everyday opportunities to develop skills and collect evidence made the qualifications realistic, accessible and achievable.”
Latest News from
A recruiters guide to CV writing13/01/2020 09:15:00
Joshua Dixon is the Founder and CEO of The YourCode Group, which specialises in recruitment and talent acquisition for businesses operating across the globe.
First-of-its-kind business travel qualification takes flight10/01/2020 11:15:00
School leavers or college students seeking a career in business travel can now take advantage of a brand new technical qualification from NCFE.
Using SMART curriculum planning to help with learner success, retention and achievement07/01/2020 16:15:00
SMART curriculum planning will help you to ensure your learners achieve their best and that no student is left behind!
A spotlight on the general election02/01/2020 14:05:00
The general election has dominated the media over the past few weeks.
Top 10 reasons to switch to e-books19/12/2019 09:15:00
While for some people, nothing will ever be able to replace the joy of curling up with a good book, it’s undeniable that there are some great benefits to e-books.
Give your child the gift of knowledge this Christmas17/12/2019 09:05:00
What has your teenager asked for this Christmas? An Xbox? The latest iPhone? Designer clothes? What if we told you that for a fraction of the cost, you could buy them a five month headstart on their education?
5 benefits of accredited training16/12/2019 10:10:00
Getting your internal and external training accredited can provide employers, companies and learners with a range of benefits that can add to the value and quality of your training programmes.
Preparing for January intake11/12/2019 09:15:00
January intake is a great opportunity for you to help learners who’ve not been in a position to make a decision about their studies at the start of the academic year, and therefore missed the start of a programme.