Stacey's Story

“During Year 10, I left my family and went into foster care because of a number of family breakdowns. Being in foster care has made a big difference to my life – it has made me feel more independent and helped me to realise I can do things on my own. I have started to get on with my family again now and it’s going really well, but I am still in foster care. The foster people are lovely, but not being with your own family sometimes makes you feel a bit down.

At school, I began the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), which was fun because I could pick the modules and sections that interested me. It also gave me something to do in my free lessons as I hadn’t been to school for a long time; I felt I couldn’t be bothered. So when I finally came back, I studied only English, Maths, Health and Social Care, and CoPE, which I have now completed!

This course has given me another GCSE equivalent at grade B. It has enabled me to reach my potential and I left school in June with eight GCSEs at grade C or above. My favourite module was Work Related Learning and Enterprise, particularly the challenge about creating a CV and writing a letter to apply for a job. This taught me how to do two of the things I needed for my apprenticeship this year. Lots of the other modules were helpful and I was able to learn other new things that were fun. I have really enjoyed doing CoPE.”

 

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Count on CoPE - Bryony's story

More and more students are finding that the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification can give a decisive edge to their applications for university, as Bryony’s story shows.

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Darni's story

Darni suffers from both Hemiplegia (total paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body)and OCD. SHS helped Darni to gain self-belief and confidence and worked closely with his family to ensure that he settled in to his new school. Find out how here...

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Fahran's story

Find out how SHS supported Fahran at school and at home, restoring his confidence and enjoyment of school and also helping his family get through an extremely challenging time.

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Fairtrade producers visit St Lawrence’s Primary School, Byker

Students learning about Fairtrade at St Lawrence’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, spent a morning in March finding out what life is like for farmers and their families in the developing world, thanks to two special visitors.

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James' story - Greenfield School and Community Arts College

James was at risk of dropping out of school altogether until Greenfield School in County Durham introduced the ACTIVE programme, designed to help young people by personalising their learning.

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James' story - Greenfields school

The Communities for Learning ACTIVE programme has helped to build James selfesteem and confidence in his own abilities and he now has full attendance in school, no exclusions and has gained 4 accreditations in Outdoor Activities

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Jim's story - Armathwaite school

This school is having very positive effects on students through their approach to engaging the community for learning.

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Lee's story - St Wilfrid's Catholic High School

From changing suppliers - increasing the proportion of locally sourced and organic food in school meals - to creating a school garden and allotment plots, the Food for Life's School Nutrition Action Group at St Wilfrid's has helped bring change and improvement in a very productive way.

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Louise's story - Wade Deacon school

This school's New World project helps pupils such as Louise apply skills such as creative thinking, effective team work and independent enquiry to solve problems. This has succeeded in breaking down Louise’s barriers to learning.

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Robert Owen Day at Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative Business and Enterprise College

Students learned about the ideas of Robert Owen, the father of social enterprise, at an event held at Sir Thomas Boughey High School near Stoke-on-Trent.

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Stacey's Story

After going into foster care and deciding she ‘couldn’t be bothered’ with school, Stacey found that the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness helped her to reach her potential. Here, the Salisbury High School student tells her story.

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Tom's Story - Ralph Allen school

Tom was an able student who found himself in trouble in school due to his inability to control his anger, which in turn started to affect his concentration and learning progress. Tom attended a Communities for Learning workshop and is now managing to control his anger and engage with his learning.

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