Outstanding Provision of NOCN Learning

12th June 2015 Date of publication

Outstanding Provision of NOCN Learning
Winner - Northumberland CVA
Nominated by: Lisa Wackett

Seeds to Success is a Horticultural Project, which was specifically funded to work with younger clients aged 14 – 25 who were not in employment, education or training (NEETS). Based on our experience we worked from the perspective of “Sowing Seeds to Success”. We built an ongoing support system into the planned delivery of the programme whereby individual clients would be able to access one to one sessions with the Project Co-ordinator, should any problems arise. These ran alongside planned partnership meetings for the team. Our approach was to be proactive rather than reactive to minimise the need for troubleshooting.

To enhance the learners’ experience we agreed that in addition to working to achieve a Level 1 in Horticulture, additional training would be available including dry stone walling and tree pruning to enhance transferable skills. Re-enforcing our high expectations for our clients, we had to innovate, inspire and solve other issues which arose, including non-attendance.

Due to the client group, the decision was taken to keep the programme as informal as possible and no formal classroom based learning was provided. Portfolio building and training sessions were conducted from the allotment cabin, where the atmosphere was relaxed, quiet and comfortable for learning to be effective.

(Pictured above right Lisa Wackett and Liz Moody from Northumberland CVA receiving their award from David Hall and Louise Morritt from One Awards)

The team agreed that whilst the programme had a difficult start, as a rapport and relationship was built with the learners, their individual needs became apparent. This programme has achieved its goal to “Sow the Seeds to Success”. Not only have the learners gained a sense of pride in achieving a Level 1 Award in Horticulture, but have also attained other benefits including an improvement to their overall health, confidence and motivation.

Outstanding Provision of NOCN Learning
Highly Commended - Catcote Academy – Catcote Futures
Nominated by: Alan Chapman

Catcote Futures was formed in 2002, as a pilot with only 4 students. Over the years this number has risen to more than 50, mainly full-time students, who follow fully accredited courses.

The suite of NOCN qualifications in Independent Living has enabled us to address the needs of Entry Level learners. The qualifications ensure that all learners are given the same opportunities to access appropriate and relevant education and improve their life chances. They provide a foundation for lifelong learning, focussing on transferable social and life skills which are essential for living and working in the community. The NOCN Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living (Looking After Yourself and Your Home) has enabled our learners to acquire important life skills, which will help them to live as independently as possible. Essential skills such as cleaning, hygiene, food preparation and shopping are all developed within our new, purpose-built realistic home setting.

We have also invested in having our three outdoor spaces landscaped to provide outdoor learning opportunities including a kitchen garden and sensory areas. Again NOCN’s flexible Independent Living qualifications will enable us to accredit gardening and cooking activities.

Our Post-19 resource has been visited by over 20 different Schools, Colleges, Academies and Local Authorities from around the country to gather information and ideas about our organisation its ethos and expertise. So far at least 5 organisations have set up their own Post-19 resource.

(Pictured above Alan Chapman and Georgie Jones from Catcote Futures receiving their award from David Hall and Louise Morritt from One Awards)

Our vision is to be able to provide teaching and learning opportunities for all young adults with LLDD over the age of 25. Our goal is to provide lifelong learning to the learning disability community of Hartlepool, a passion which we will never tire of.

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