Families in Harlow, Essex are being offered an opportunity to improve their lives. Co-operative Academy Burnt Mill is launching a series of adult education courses to give families the chance to get on the career ladder.
The courses, ranging from GCSE English and maths to English as a second language, are also aimed at parents who would like to be able to support their children with their homework by improving their own education.
Matt Carter, deputy headteacher, said: “We want to support the adults in our community. Maybe some didn’t have a very good experience at school. They may have missed out on their core qualifications and this might be preventing them from applying for certain jobs.
“The English as a second language course is ideal for those who have been professionals in their country of birth, but are being held back as they lack confidence in written and spoken English.”
Other courses, not providing a qualification, are also being offered to give adults confidence or to help them to develop their hobbies.
The courses offered from this term are:
- GCSE maths – Edexcel course leading to an exam in June 2015.
- GCSE English language – iGCSE course leading to an exam in May 2015.
- English as a second language – six-week modules on speaking skill and conversation, everyday situations, applying for jobs, letter writing, reading, writing and extended vocabulary.
- Conversational French and Spanish – six-week modules on greetings and every day conversations, shopping, food and drink, social situations, travel and holiday themes, organisation, times, dates, festivals and celebrations, directions, weather and help.
It is hoped that there will be enough interest to launch further courses in future, including ICT development, baking, computer programming and sciences.