Lexicon Media Event

Just taken part in a media event to promote the 3,500 employment opportunities that the launch of the Lexicon on 7 September this year will bring.

Working with Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, Bracknell Forest Council, Learning to Work, Elevate Bracknell Forest and Mapis Project CIC, the College is a strategic partner in the drive to create awareness of these exciting employment opportunities.

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Employability & maths and English

………. and the ‘Word of the Week is’……………………….

Good to see the Hairdressing salon promoting the importance of maths and English to our full-time learners and to our hairdressing apprentices.

Well done Tracey Allen.

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Pastoral Tutorials – PREVENT & Mental Health

I have been dropping in to several of our Pastoral Tutorials recently to gauge how well this initiative, which we only introduced last September, is working.

I happened to be sitting in on tutorials surrounding Prevent. I was very impressed with the depth of preparation that had taken place.

I also heard that the package that had been developed to cover Mental Health issues had really got our students thinking and talking.

Dealing with Mental Health is an important issue for everyone engaged in education. During our Employee Development Day on 9 February we had a very effective session for about 25 Business Support Staff called ‘Mental Health First Aid’. Sitting in for a bit, I could see how effective the course was in raising awareness of the issues and in helping staff to spots signs and symptoms. The feedback was uniformly very positive.

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Partnering activity

To ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community, we work closely with our two Local Authorities (and of course with many other key stakeholders, such as the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Thames Valley Police and the military).

So it was good to catch up recently with Bracknell Forest Council’s Chief Officer for Strategy. Resources and Early Help, David Watkins.

As always, we had much to discuss, including the College Nursery and the local area’s SEND provision.

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LGBT History Month

The college is marking LGBT History Month with a significant push from our Student Services team.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

As part of this initiative we invited SupportU to visit. SupportU is aresource service based in Reading who support individuals with LGBT issues.

The College is also planning an LGBT+ Society. The society will be co-ordinated by an LGBT+ representative on staff, a member of staff trained with LGBT+ support or a member of a support organisation for the LGBT+ community. The plan is for the group to meet for 1 hour a week to cover relevant wider issues and providing an opportunity for the students to socialise with each other and discuss any issues that may have with their peers.

I am strongly supportive of this initiative as it helps to cement our commitment to diversity and inclusion acrossthe College.

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YOU need ME – Promoting maths and English

We will be making a big push to continue our focus on the importance of maths and English as key employability skills starting just after half-term.

Vice Principal (Curriculum & Quality), James Taylor, has crafted a very effective poster campaign for our full time learners at the Church Road campus based on the slogan: YOU need ME.

Attractive career options are highlighted with the key message that maths and English are required.

But I still think my favourite is the one which claims that punctuation saves lives:

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Employability Skills

A major role for a Further Education College is to inculcate employability skills. This is something we take very seriously at Bracknell & Wokingham College.

James Taylor, the College’s Vice Principal (Curriculum & Quality), produces a series of very motivational posters that are regularly refreshed.

These posters help our learners understand what the world of work will expect of them and guides them on how they can maximise their time with us.

In this photo, Tia Marshall and Summer Peacock who are second year students studying Health and Social Care at Level 3 have spotted one of James’ new posters.

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