Month June 2021

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NCG Launches Education Recovery Plan

NCG has developed an Education Recovery Plan to support students across all of its colleges in September 2021.

The document is a statement of intent to ensure new and existing learners across the Group are fully supported to quickly transition to their programme or course of study at the beginning of the new academic year.

It follows the publication of a survey by the AoC in April 2021 that outlines some of the challenges likely to be faced by returning learners, due to the very different delivery of teaching and training that they will have experienced during the COVID pandemic.

Whilst many may have found the move to remote learning a smooth process, many others have found it a challenge and the lack of face-to-face support has resulted in fewer opportunities for those in practical subjects to practise their skills. With the additional pressures of lockdown impacting on careers and jobs, family finances and physical and mental health, NCG want to take additional steps to ensure support is provided to learners and staff in and out of the classroom.

The Education Recovery Plan includes actions to return to face-to-face learning for the majority of its leaners, as well as the expansion of mental health and wellbeing support, and introducing flexible, online delivery for adults returning to upskill or retrain.

Read the full NCG Education Recovery Plan here.

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Lewisham College celebrate new creative partnership

Lewisham College celebrated their new partnership with Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance at new creative facilities in the heart of the borough.

Invited to the virtual tour were representatives from Lewisham Council, Goldsmiths University and local schools and community organisations. The tour highlighted the importance and strength of the partnership and how it will impact their communities.

The event, hosted by young people who are studying the new courses, showcased some of the exciting projects they are embarking on and the production and performing arts disciplines they are learning.

Claire Middleton, Principal at Rose Bruford College, said: “This collaboration with Lewisham College embodies Rose Bruford College’s commitment to removing barriers to Higher Education – our offers of places are aspirational, based on each individual’s talent and potential and not just on exam grades. We pride ourselves on offering fair access to students from all backgrounds. We are looking forward to working with all students at Lewisham College, to giving them a truly excellent student experience and to creating the change-makers of the future.”

Attendees at the event had the opportunity to join a live tour of the College and the department’s facilities with students Lakeisha Nibi and Azaria Kabengele, who will go on to study American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford in September.

View the event recording to join Lakeisha and Azaria on the tour.

Asfa Sohail, Principal at Lewisham College, said: “We are committed to inspiring excellence. We are always looking to offer courses designed to equip our students with the industry knowledge and skills they need to become well-rounded professionals and achieve their goals.

“Working with our community partners is in the DNA of everything we do, and we are immensely proud to be working in conjunction with Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance to reconnect with aspiring professionals in Lewisham and to support the new generation of creatives as they progress in their chosen career path within the creative industry.”

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