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Banbury pupils receive extra educational support

11 October 2016
Sophie McFarlane who takes the sessions with the students at North Oxfordshire Academy

Pupils from North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury are set to receive further educational support at school this term, thanks to support from Sanctuary Housing.

Further educational support

A pilot scheme has been set up at the academy to help a group of year 10 and 11 pupils, providing them with supported and extended work placements as part of their curriculum study.

The scheme is for a cohort of 6 – 10 pupils, offering them a mix of short term and longer term placements according to their needs and when a placement opportunity can be secured.

Assessing each student’s needs on a case by case basis, educational programmes are individualised where there is a specific need. This can include working with colleges and other establishments to support students onto programmes, providing them with the skills to help them achieve their best in Cherwell’s job market.

“Gain targeted employability skills”

Joanne Thorne, Employability Lead at North Oxfordshire Academy, said: “We are delighted with this support from Sanctuary as it enables students to gain targeted employability skills so that they are able to be more competitively placed to gain entry onto a range of post-16 courses and apprenticeship schemes.”

“Invaluable opportunities for students”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Schemes such as this provide invaluable opportunities for students with a variety of needs, whether it’s through work placements or further study support. We are always looking at ways we can support residents in developing their skills and accessing training opportunities in order to get a step closer to employment. We wish the selected students the best of luck!”