Learning Exchange Award winners announced!

Learning Exchange Award winners announced!

Five projects have been chosen as Learning Exchange award winners as they demonstrated the powerful and positive impact that extended services can have on pupils, families and communities.

The top award goes to Joseph Leckie Community College, Walsall, which provides a range of high-quality activities that not only engage young people but that also challenge negative social trends within the local community.

Key local partners unanimously attest to the strong impact that the college’s extended services are having.

Headteacher Keith Whittlestone says: ‘Providing a wide range of informal and formal learning opportunities on and off the college campus is central to our educational vision and is essential if the needs of every child are to be met by joined up thinking and, more importantly, by joined-up services that support and benefit all children and young people as well as their parents, families and the wider communities that Joseph Leckie Community Technology College serves.’

Joseph Leckie Community College receives a prize of £1,000.

Four finalists each receive a prize of £500. They are:

  • The East Basildon Extended Services Delivery Group, Basildon, Essex, which offers an impressive array of services for children and their parents, delivered through schools.
  • Nowt2Do? a programme offered by Fred Longworth, Hesketh Fletcher and St Mary’s High Schools, Atherton, Manchester. The Nowt2Do? programme was set up by Greater Manchester Police to offer young people a range of enjoyable activities to steer them away from anti-social behaviour. The programme is part of the extended services provided by the three high schools in Atherton, a deprived area in Greater Manchester, and is loved by young people and parents alike.
  • The Sub21 programme, run by Churchill Community College in Wallsend, North Tyneside aims to change young people’s lifestyles and reduce alcohol-related incidents. Working in partnership with the National Centre for Social Marketing and the local Primary Care Trust, Sub21 has seen a 49 per cent reduction in alcohol-related incidents in the area and in 2009, the youth disorder figures in Wallsend were lowered by 30 per cent, compared to 2008. The programme has a high level of input from the young people. 
  • Rochdale’s Woodland Community Primary School, which has an outstanding out-of-school-hours programme. The biggest impact has been on attainment, however, which has improved by 20 per cent among young people engaged in extended services.

Paddy O’Dea, Learning Exchange Manager, says: ‘Extremely strong entries to the 2009 Learning Exchange Awards made the task of choosing winners almost overwhelming. However, the range and strength of the bids submitted by members of the Learning Exchange gave the Award judges great insights into the kinds of extended services programmes that schools are offering their pupils and communities across England.’

The Learning Exchange, www.learning-exchange.org.uk, is an online community of people from schools and local authorities, who are developing extended services in and around schools. Extended Services aim to improve schools, the lives of pupils and their families, and to raise achievement levels.