Name of Delivery Partner: Blackpool & Fylde College
Name: Liam Williams
Liam’s JOURNEY SO FAR
Liam was a referral to us from the transition team. They had met Liam at School and he was very reluctant to engage into FE. He was introduced to one of the Support Tutors on one of his ‘tours’ of the campus to get him familiar with the site. He was referred to the Moving On project (Summer School) because this would help him as a bridging programme between School and FE.
When Liam first came to access the programme he would not enter the classroom. He would stand outside the class and staff had to pull a chair out of class so he was able to sit in the corridor. He was anxious, nervous and lacked confidence. He did not communicate and refused eye contact. Liam did not communicate and just faced the wall when anyone spoke with him. The general communication with Liam was to check if he was ready to enter the class. He could be standing outside a room hours and on some days never went into a class and all work was carried out in the corridor. Some days he would accept a chair and other times he just faced the wall.
HOW HAS liam BENEFITED FROM BEING INVOLVED?
Liam has an EHCP and required 1:1 support in and out of class. He was linked to the Progress Tutor and the Learning Support Coordinator. He was also linked with the Employability Coach to get him involved in some enrichment because the programme had a non-regulated element to engage young people through the ‘enjoy and achieve’ drive.
Gradually Liam grew in confidence and he started entering the classrooms. He also started making eye contact and responding to staff. It was a pleasure to have Liam in the classrooms because he worked hard and always tried his best.
He started eating in the refectories, attending enrichment and made some conversations with his peers.
The non-regulated activities have ranged from breakfast club, pool competitions, yoga to maths and English workshops. Liam benefitted from the breakfast clubs, pool and table tennis matches/friendlies and art tasters. Liam has particularly benefitted from the catering tasters and enhancing life skills.
WHAT SKILLS HAS liam LEARNED?
Now he is a confident young man and a role model student. He looks out for his peers and has reported a concern he had about his friend to the manager.
The Moving On project was an excellent transition into FE for Liam. The small group size, 1:1 support, non-regulated curriculum (with a small regulated provision) allowed Liam to develop at is pace in a flexible designed programme.
WHAT ARE liam’s FUTURE PLANS?
Liam had enrolled on the Summer Venture in July 2016, he successfully completed and achieved the Study Package and has remained in education for the second year.
His hopes and aspirations are to work in the catering industry. He completed work placement in McDonalds and enjoyed it so much that he decided to apply for a job. Although he did not get the part time job he is closer to employment than he was a year ago.
WHAT BARRIERS HAS liam OVERCOME?
Liam has overcome anxiety, social hesitance and communication barriers. He can confidently ask for help and report issues that can be bothering him. He is articulate and approachable. He has friends now and he is able to talk about his hopes and aspirations.
WHAT DID liam HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE MOVING ON PROGRAMME
Liam now has friends and feels confident is asking for help.