Summer 2019

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Study Plus Programme Success Story - Meet Xan

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Name    Xan

Age        16

Where did you hear our StudyPlus scheme? My mum found it through a Facebook post of a friend and then looked more into it and realised that they have StudyPlus. Mum then emailed Louise (the Young People Provision Coordinator).

What were you up to at the point in your life that you started your StudyPlus course? I hadn’t been in education since Year 8 so really I was sitting at home, not doing anything. I didn’t have any qualifications.

How long have you been on the StudyPlus scheme so far? Since September

What units of the StudyPlus scheme have you enjoyed the most? I think the enrichment was my favourite but maths was most beneficial to me. In the enrichment, we cover arts and crafts, we have guest speakers to talk about money management, sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol. Outside employers come in to do group interview skills.

What module do you think has had the most benefits for you so far and why? I think maths because I’d never liked it and was never good at it and was very, very low on skills. You come here and learn maths skills that you will genuinely use in real life.

What have you learnt about yourself as a person since doing the course? That everyone is different, learns differently and have different abilities. Not everyone is intelligent in a book form. Some people are more creative. Everyone has their own style of learning. I also learnt that I wasn’t stupid. When I first came here, I’d say things like ‘I’m stupid’, ‘don’t ask me this question’, ‘don’t point me out to do this because I’m an idiot.’ But then I learnt everyone has their own potential and it’s about reaching that potential and if you’re confident enough to reach it. That’s the most beneficial thing I’ve ever really encountered in my life. I mean, I have things like school phobia and anxiety but that never challenged me here, it wasn’t messing up my life here. Before I came here, I didn’t really know how to make friends very well or talk to new people. I was very much like a six year old, living in my room with my animals. I came here and realised people can be accepting, they’re not as scary as they seem, and it’s ok to have a bad day.

After completing the StudyPlus programme, what would you like to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years? I think to have a stable job, something to help other people. I see what all the tutors and all the people involved in Studyplus can do for people like me;  in 10 years’ time there could be a kid like me and I could be like Louise.

What would be your words of advice to any young person who may be considering a StudyPlus course with HAFLS? Do it because at first you may think it’s an average college but it’s a whole family. You come here thinking ‘I’m just going to learn maths and English’ but you learn so much more. As there’s a little amount of people, you can all get closer and comfortable and come out of your shell. If people are considering they should 100% do it, the tutors are extremely accepting. It’s the best thing I’ve been able to do.

 If you know someone like Xan who is aged between 16 and 19 (or 24 if they have an EHCP) and may benefit from our Study Plus programme, call us on 01992 556194 to discuss.

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