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Young people celebrate new skills at DVD launch

Date: 20/11/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Students from Medway’s Key Stage 4 Engagement Project got together to launch a new DVD promoting the scheme on Monday. The event was hosted by MidKent College and took place in the New Theatre at the college’s Horsted campus. The Key Stage 4 Engagement project offers a comprehensive range of motivating programmes for 14 to 16 year-olds who are underachieving at school and whose behaviour, attendance or social circumstances are barriers to their learning and achievement. Students targeted for projects such as this are at risk of disengagement and social exclusion. In addition to this, students may also have a variety of learning needs. The project comprises five very different programmes, each with the aim of increasing the performance of students and enhancing their chances of progression to further education, training and employment. Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of work-related learning activities, access an alternative learning provision and receive personal advice and guidance. The DVD aims to celebrate the achievements of the young people who have joined the project, as well as promoting the scheme to others who might benefit from it. Students from each of the five programmes appeared in the film and spoke about the changes taking part in the project had brought to their lives. Other students were involved in mixing and editing the DVD. Student Darryl Chance, 15, has been taking part in the 50/50 programme, which has enabled him to spend time with the crime reduction charity, Nacro. Darryl said: “This is a great project. I’ve been involved in mixing and editing the DVD and the programme I’ve been attending has given me the opportunity to get on to a BTEC course." Rose Collinson, Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adult Services said: “I am really impressed with these programmes and the efforts of all the students who have been involved in this project. Learning isn’t always easy. It starts with confidence and continues with the determination to work hard and stick with it. This film showcases students who have done just that and are now on track to being very employable people and I’d like to give my heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved.” The Key Stage 4 Engagement Project is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families through the Learning and Skills Council. Partners in the project include Medway schools, crime reduction charity Nacro, Medway Youth Service, MidKent College, and Medway Education Business Partnership. For more a copy of the DVD or more information about the scheme contact the KS4 Engagement Project Officer on 01634 338558. [ENDS] For more information contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk