Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
We have identified a gap in the current system of adult education where adults may attain college or university education provided that they already have recent grades in GCSE but have very limited options for secondary level qualification. If their grades are more than 10 years old or they have none then the choices of GCSE subjects in most cases are only limited to Mathematics and English and taught at such a pace that many fail. A "secondary school" for adults in unused spaces will provide classes for more than one subject at more than one level allowing for possible progression to College or university. The subjects will not be squeezed into one year but stretched over a longer period so that the foundation can be covered for those who really struggled in high school giving them a better chance.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Brexit is on the way but the NHS remains understaffed and the forecast is that within the next two years more of its trained medical professionals will leave. The NHS is not the only area that is projected to be affected. Fields like childcare, education and social care are also expected to dwindle. Over the last three years the government has rolled out changes in the education system which directly impacts on these areas. Adults entering this field are expected to achieve a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English but this has served to further reduce the number of people entering this fields. This will serve as a foundation for social mobility in areas of education and industry, allowing adults to progress easily into college or new careers. We hope to employ trained teachers as department heads and supervisors while employing apprentice teachers as tutors to teach subjects in which they have achieved an A level or higher with one to one support and virtual classes.
Steps to get it done:
An education facility will provide employment for teachers, empower parents and improve employment and industries. If we are successful in receiving an unused space it will help to lower vagrancy in the area and build community spirit. Such a project is important in the country at this time when there is a shortage of teachers, childcare professionals and medical professionals. And with the potential of Brexit further impacting on these services, more British residents may desire to move into these fields. However, many fail in the area of mathematics and English which are necessary to qualify and sometimes one year of study is not enough to help them achieve the minimum of a C grade. Furthermore, many may not have achieved passing grades in other subjects and therefore would struggle to receive a place in a college or University.
About the space
The Catford area is full of unused spaces some of which are plagued with vagrant behavior. Along the S Circular there are many businesses but very means few customers. Along the Brownhill Road in particular are a few shuttered property which have been this way for years. A school would reduce vagrancy around such areas and support businesses.
London Borough of Lewisham
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