|Rutland has again been hailed as a centre for best practice at two national conferences where lifelong learning officers from Rutland County Council explained the work they do to help adults who have problems with English and Maths.|
The ‘Reaching out in Rutland’ scheme, which started in September and finished in March, involved tutors helping adults in their own homes, at the workplace or in neutral locations, such as Rutland County Museum or Oakham Castle.
One in five adults experience problems with English and maths. They may not seek help due to work patterns, lack of transport, worries about confidentiality and lack of confidence. ‘Reaching out in Rutland’ provided one-to-one tuition for people who needed help in those subjects but could not access classes at college.
The project, involving all three Rutland Community Colleges and residents from across the county, was funded by the Learning and Skills Council and has helped those that attended to gain confidence and learn new skills. After the one-to-one help, they were encouraged to move on to college courses.
The project has been hailed as a model of good practice and the community colleges have agreed to continue the work. Already 40% of the adults that attended the tuition have joined a college course and 20% plan to join in the near future.
Pauline Moverley, basic skills co-ordinator, said: “Most of the adults that took part in ‘Reaching out in Rutland’ came from rurally isolated villages and 80% work full-time, both factors making it more difficult to access further learning. The feedback we have had from those that attended has been extremely positive with most claiming to have gained confidence.”
Pauling continued: “If any adults would like help with English and maths, please contact Jill Haigh at Casterton Community College on (01780) 480 390, Sue Etherington at the Vale of Catmose College on (01572) 771674 or Janet Pink at Uppingham Copmmunity College on (01572) 821077 for a confidential chat and further information on similar courses to help.”
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start: Wednesday 2 April 2003