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Monday, 01 September 2014

Scheme helps young people in Cumbria prepare for working

AN innovative new scheme to support youngsters as they enter the period leading up to exams or the world of work has been launched in South Cumbria.

The Shaping Young Futures initiative in English, Maths and IT will be made available to schools and parents across the region.

Parents – and pupils who are aged 11 to 16 years old – are being invited to attend an open evening.

It is being held at Shaping Young Futures Centre at Prince Charles’ Cottage in Stricklandgate, Kendal, tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm and will provide the chance for people to discuss the opportunities on offer through the initiative.

Working closely with schools and colleges, the scheme develops specialist methods of learning in core skills that supports children for the future whether in school or getting ready for the working world.

Germaine Chatterton, project co-ordinator, said: “We believe the balance of sound school or college work, combined with our additional tutoring helps youngsters at a crucial stage in their development.

“There is a lot of pressure on pupils these days – but by providing additional course work where it is required or desirable it gives the pupils a lot more confidence, and the results are hugely beneficial.

“This scheme provides a fun element, with the pupil learning off site and the results so far are very pleasing for everyone concerned.”

The scheme was launched at The Queen Katherine School in Kendal, where students have benefited from weekly sessions which has helped increase their levels of knowledge in maths and English.

So far, 32 students have benefited from participation in the Shaping Young Futures initiative.

Of these, a number went on to achieve GCSE grades which has brought interest from other students, teachers and parents.

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