Hartlepool College of Further Education are adding up the benefits and analysing the results as they continue to commit to the development of their students’ literacy and numeracy skills. Recent Government statistics show the positive performance of the college as they buck the regional and national trend in these core subject areas. Progress (a measure to show the distance travelled from entry point to completion) of learners at Hartlepool College is significantly higher than other colleges across the region. Whilst the number of students gaining that illustrious ‘good pass’ at GCSE level has soared, with the maths and English scores being in the top 5% and 15% nationally, respectively.
Young adults entering college from school are required to take these essential qualifications if they have failed to achieve a ‘good pass’ grade during their compulsory education. On the other hand, many adults are returning to college to retake their English and maths as they aim to progress within their chosen careers. Jonathan Kay, Head of School for English and maths at the College said, “We are really proud of the progress of our students. These are hugely rewarding but challenging qualifications, especially for those that are returning to education after a significant break or for those learners that have failed to achieve them at school, this makes their achievement even more pleasing”.
As part of a drive to develop literacy and numeracy skills the college has visited, under the umbrella of the One Town Can campaign, many primary schools and community centres to discuss the benefits of such qualifications and to encourage local residents to sign up. Shaun Hope, Assistant Principal for Curriculum added “The benefits of good literacy and numeracy skills have been well documented. We know that making progress and achieving these grades will improve the career opportunities and life chances of our students. As a college, we are committed to supporting our local community to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. We know this isn’t always easy and these qualifications can be daunting but our results demonstrate we are best placed to help people make that necessary progress”.
The College has a suite of English and maths qualifications ranging in level and duration, that can be found here >> http://bit.ly/MEShcfe or for more information contact the Student Support team on 01429 295111