Classes for Young People and Adults with a Learning Difficulty- Information for Young People and their Parents and Carers

Welcome to learningSkills. On this page you will find all the information you’ll need for starting the 2021/2022 academic year.

There is a form for you to complete that will tell us everything we need to know. We’ve listed below all the things you’ll get asked about on the form. It’s best to read this first and then complete the form. You’ll need to fill out the form all on one go- it won’t save the information if you close it down before you’ve finished. It will take about an hour to read through all the information below and complete the form. You may need help completing this form so please ask a parent or carer to do this with you.

The Timetable

The first thing you need to do is look at the classes we have available for September.

We have a range of classes for you to choose fromWe’ve tried to give you as much information as possible, but if you can’t decide, please call or email Helen or Joanne for more information (their details are at the bottom of this page). We plan our classes by ability, not age, so there will be different learners of different ages in each class. We’ve included a quick summary of each level, and most people are different levels for different classes. Don’t worry if you don’t know what level is right. We have some information from school, college, or your Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), and we’ll also work this out at the Summer School and during the first term. 

We always try to run all the classes on offer. Occasionally, there may be too few learners wanting to attend a class. If this happens, we may cancel it and offer you something different. If a class has too many learners in it, we will always try and put an extra class. However we may not always have staff available. If this happens, we will talk to you and look at what else might be available. 

Courses aimed at learners who are PreEntry/Entry Level 1 

If you are Pre Entry/ Entry Level 1 you may: 

  • Have limited communication skills and use basic words only. They may also use alternative methods of communication, such as Makaton 
  • Find activities such as cooking or following personal hygiene routines difficult to do without a high level of support 
  • Have difficulty understanding basic concepts including skills in reading, writing and numeracy 
  • Find retaining information difficult and need regular prompting on what to do

    Class 

    Day and Time 

    About this class 

    Independent Living 

    Monday 

    9-12noon 

    This class is split into 3 different areas. These are: 

    • Personal activities for independent living which includes personal care, dressing yourself, seeking help in and outside of the home, planning leisure time and exploring community facilities 
    • Instrumental activities for daily living which includes shopping, cooking, cleaning the home, laundry, an introduction to bills and budgeting, exploring housing and independent living options 
    • Personal Wellbeing which includes healthy living, exercise, self-carefirst aid, getting help, safety in the home 

    The course will be taught in a fun and practical way. 

    Let’s Move 

    Monday 

    1-4pm 

    A very fun and practical class. We will explore your own personal enjoyment with movement and music. You will: 

    • Develop control, coordination, balance, poise and elevation in the basic actions of travelling, jumping, turning, gesture and stillness 
    • Perform movements or patterns, including some from existing dance traditions 
    • Explore moods and feelings and to develop their response to music through dances, by using rhythmic responses and contrasts of speed, shape, direction and travel 
    • Develop group and teamwork skills 

    Let’s Make 

    Monday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical and fun arts and crafts based class. You will develop new skills, experiment with different materials and express yourself through your artwork.  We will look at work from other artists to give us inspiration, and you will be supported to create your own original pieces of work to take home.  

    The content of the course will be decided on each group’s preferences and abilities, but may include textilescollagepaintingprinting3D artanimationphotographycard makingupcycling craftspaper craftscreating items to sell as an enterprise activity. 

    Let’s Bake 

    Monday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical course where you’ll learn how to make lots of different sweet and savoury dishes. You’ll be encouraged to try new foods, learn about how to store food safely and use different equipment.  We’ll also look at how to make healthy food choices, use measurements to weigh ingredients and read recipes accurately. 

    Digital Skills 

    Tuesday 

    9-12noon 

    This class will help you use some of the basic digital technology such as iPad or tablets, phones, Chrome Books, and laptops. You’ll learn how to use different Apps to help you learn or live more independently. It will be fun and interactive. 

    Maths 

    Wednesday 

    9-12noon 

    A practical maths class based on developing number skills that you can use in everyday life. Topics included are time, dates, money, extracting data and information from text, using timetables and following instructions. We will use these numeracy skills in a practical enterprise project – such as running a tuck shop – to be able to use our skills in recognising and handling money, stock taking, and making simple calculations. 

     

    Let’s Explore 

    Wednesday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical and fun humanities-based class. We will explore topics related to culture, religion, history, geography and science.  The content will be developed with the group based on their interests and abilities but may include: 

    • Cultural and religious festivals throughout the year (e.g. -Diwali, Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukkah) 
    • Modern cultural events (e.g. -Black History Month, Pride, popular culture) 
    • Local history (prominent people and events from Tyne and Wear) 
    • History topics based on student’s interests (e.g. -Ancient Greece, World Wars) 
    • Environmental awareness 
    • Learning about local and world environments and the people, animals and plants that live there.  

    We will explore the topics in a fun way and always link practical activities into our leaning such as arts and crafts-based tasks or food tasting.  We may be able to visit local places to support our learning. 

    Let’s Experiment 

    Wednesday 

    1-4pm 

    A hands-on practical and fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) class. We will explore STEM topics through practical experimentation, tailored towards the group’s interests and abilities. These fun engaging tasks support teamwork, confidence and emotional wellbeing.   

    Some of the topics the experiments will be based on are: 

    • Chemistry 
    • Physics 
    • Engineering 
    • Biology 
    • Medical Sciences 
    • Experimental maths 

    Throughout the term you will experience a variety of practical and experiment techniques. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own experiments. In some classes developing products to take home. 

    English and Communication Skills 

    Thursday 

    9-12noon 

    This class is based on developing skills that you can use in everyday life. Topics include reading and understanding social signs, sequencing tasks, using and understanding language.  We will develop communication skills such as teamwork, speaking and listening, understanding emotions and non-verbal communication.  We will use widget symbols in our learning and Makaton to enhance our learning and understating in the sessions, as well as to develop your own signing skills.  

    We will use these skills in a practical enterprise project – such as running a tuck shop – to be able to use our skills communicating with a wider range of people, developing some customer service skills and using our speaking and listening skills. 

    Let’s Relax 

    Thursday 

    1-4pm 

    This is a fun way to learn about yourself and different ways in which you can relax. It will help you improve your health and well-being, reduce anxiety, give you greater satisfaction in life, and feel happier. You will: 

    • Learn breathing techniques  
    • Identify how to take a calm approach 
    • Identify what causes you to be stressed 
    • Identify an activity that will help you relax 
    • Discover your own personal space where you feel happy and relaxed 
    • Identify what things will help you manage your own well-being 

Courses aimed at learners who are Entry Level 2/ Emerging into Entry Level 3 

If you are Entry Level 2/ Emerging into Entry Level 3 you may: 

  • Have some difficulties communicating and expressing their needs 
  • Need some support in the early stages when completing household chores, or following personal hygiene routines 
  • Have difficulty developing skills in reading, writing and numeracy 
  • Find retaining some information difficult 

    Lesson 

    Day and Time 

    About this class 

    Independent Living 

    Monday 

    9-12noon 

    This course is full of fun and activity, very practical.   Experiencing day to day living benefiting your journey towards independent living and possible job prospects.   Creating awareness of and how to deal with the following topics:  

    • Being healthy 
    • Having your say 
    • Keeping safe in your home and outside 
    • Looking after yourself 
    • Being able to travel safely 
    • Internet safety 

    Digital Skills 

    Tuesday 

    9-12noon 

    This class will help you develop skills in, and an understanding of, a wide range of digital technology.  The main topics covered within this course are: 

    • Online safety 
    • Problem solving in digital skills 
    • Handling information and data 
    • Communicating using digital technology 
    • Using Microsoft and Google formats  
    • Using a range of digital equipment including Chrome books, tablets, and mobile phones 

    Maths 

    Wednesday 

    9-12noon 

     This class will provide you with essential knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics Allowing you to operate confidently, effectively and independently with the ability to solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar settings. 

    The keys areas we will cover are: 

    • Number 
    • Measure 
    • Shape and space 
    • Handling Data 

    This will be accomplished using a range of practical, hands-on and theoretical learning. 

    Let’s Explore 

    Wednesday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical and fun humanities-based class. We will explore topics related to culture, religion, history, geography and science.  The content will be developed with the group based on their interests and abilities but may include: 

    • Cultural and religious festivals throughout the year (e.g. -Diwali, Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukkah) 
    • Modern cultural events (e.g. -Black History Month, Pride, popular culture) 
    • Local history (prominent people and events from Tyne and Wear) 
    • History topics based on student’s interests (e.g. -Ancient Greece, World Wars) 
    • Environmental awareness 
    • Learning about local and world environments and the people, animals and plants that live there.  

    We will explore the topics in a fun way and always link practical activities into our leaning such as arts and crafts-based tasks or food tasting.  We may be able to visit local places to support our learning. 

    Let’s Experiment 

    Wednesday 

    1-4pm 

    A hands-on practical and fun STEM (Science, TechnologyEngineering and Maths) class. We will explore STEM topics through practical experimentation, tailored towards the groups interests and abilities. These fun engaging tasks support teamwork, confidence and emotional wellbeing. 

    Some of the topics the experiments will be based on are: 

    • Chemistry 
    • Physics 
    • Engineering 
    • Biology 
    • Medical Sciences 
    • Experimental maths 

    Throughout the term you will experience a variety of practical and experiment techniques. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own experiments. In some classes developing products to take home. 

    Let’s Move 

    Wednesday  

    1-4pm 

    A very fun and practical class. We will explore your own personal enjoyment with movement and music. You will: 

    • Develop control, coordination, balance, poise and elevation in the basic actions of travelling, jumping, turning, gesture and stillness 
    • Perform movements or patterns, including some from existing dance traditions 
    • Explore moods and feelings and to develop their response to music through dances, by using rhythmic responses and contrasts of speed, shape, direction and travel 
    • Develop group and teamwork skills 

    English and Communication Skills 

    Thursday 

    9-12noon 

    This class will work on a range of skills that provide learners with essential knowledge and understanding so they can: 

    • Engage competently and confidently with others verbally and in written format.  
    • Develop skills that are transferable to other areas of learning and the learners’ personal life. 

    The key areas are: 

    • Speaking and listening 
    • Reading and understanding information and instruction 
    • Writing accurately and appropriately. 

    This will be accomplished using a range of practical, hands-on and theoretical learning. Allowing all students to engage in confident communication. 

    Let’s Make 

    Thursday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical and fun arts and crafts based class. You will develop new skills, experiment with different materials and express yourself through your artwork.  We will look at work from other artists to give us inspiration, and you will be supported to create your own original pieces of work to take home.  

    The content of the course will be decided on each group’s preferences and abilities, but may include textiles, collage, painting, printing, 3D art, animation, photography, card making, upcycling crafts, paper crafts, creating items to sell as an enterprise activity. 

    Let’s Bake 

    Thursday 

    1-4pm 

    A practical course where you’ll learn how to make lots of different sweet and savoury dishes. You’ll be encouraged to try new foods, learn about how to store food safely and use different equipment.  We’ll also look at how to make healthy food choices, use measurements to weigh ingredients and read recipes accurately. 

    Let’s Relax 

    Thursday 

    1-4pm 

    This is a fun way to learn about yourself and different ways in which you can relax. It will help you improve your health and well-being, reduce anxiety, give you greater satisfaction in life, and feel happier. You will: 

    • Learn breathing techniques  
    • Identify how to take a calm approach 
    • Identify what causes you to be stressed 
    • Identify an activity that will help you relax 
    • Discover your own personal space where you feel happy and relaxed 
    • Identify what things will help you manage your own well-being 

    Courses aimed at learners who are High Entry 3/ Level 1/ Emerging into Level 2  

    If you are High Entry Level 3/ Level 1/ Emerging into Level 2 you may: 

  • Need some help or encouragement to communicate and express their needs 
  • Be able to complete household chores, travel independently and shop alone, with some initial guidance or reassurance
  • Have some good English and maths skills, but may find some aspects difficult 
  • Need some encouragement to communicate with others or help understanding verbal and non-verbal communication 
  • Be able to retain information and develop this into more complex thoughts

Lesson 

Day and Time 

About this class 

Employability Skills 

Monday 

9-12noon 

In this class you’ll learn how to get a job and all the skills needed when you get a job. This includes: 

  • Job Search Skills including writing a CV and how to act at interviews 
  • Confidence building 
  • Recognising your strengths and things you need to improve on 
  • Health and safety and equality and diversity at work 
  • Understanding your rights at work 

You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement. 

Josephine and Jack Project- Term one only (September to December) 

Monday 

9-12noon 

The Josephine and Jack project helps young people with a learning difficulty understand and explore topics such as: 

  • Appropriate behaviour 
  • Body awareness 
  • Understanding consent 
  • Staying safe online 
  • The right to an acknowledged relationship 
  • Use of contraception 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Being aware of body changes that might need a doctor’s check-up 
  • Mental health and emotions 

They use games, drama, group discussion, picture-based and easy-read materials, 

Digital Skills 

Tuesday  

9-12noon 

This class will help you develop skills in, and an understanding of, a wide range of digital technology.  The main topics covered within this course is: 

  • Online safety 
  • Problem solving in digital skills 
  • Handling information and data 
  • Communicating using digital technology 
  • Using Microsoft and Google formats  
  • Using a range of digital equipment including Chrome books, tablets, and mobile phones 

Customer Service and Business Administration 

Tuesday 

1-4pm 

This class will introduce you to the basics of customer service and business administration including 

  • Exploring customer service jobs  
  • Skills, strengths and qualities needed to work in customer service 
  • What excellent customer service is 
  • How you can provide excellent customer service 
  • Why excellent customer service is important for a business  
  • How to make a great first impression  
  • How to assist customers  
  • How to deal with customer complaints  
  • Working on a reception desk to welcome and greet customers  
  • Introduction to working in Business Administration  

In this course we use lots of role play so we can practice and develop our customer service skills!   

Travel and Tourism 

Tuesday 

1-4pm 

This class will help you learn about the basics of the travel and tourism industry and learn about where you live as well as different countries around the world and include: 

  • Different types of holidays that you can go on. 
  • How you can book holidays. 
  • Tourism in the UK 
  • Job roles in travel and tourism. 
  • Skills needed to work in the Travel and Tourism Industry. 
  • Learning about countries all over the world and what it would be like to visit them. 
  • Worldwide visitor attractions. 
  •  IT skills for the travel and tourism industry. 
  • Customer service in the industry. 

You will be able to take part in role-plays with help and support from your tutors to improve your communication skills and gain confidence in speaking to people. 

Sports Development 

Tuesday 

1-4pm 

This class will give you an introduction to the sports and leisure sector. You will 

  • Improve your fitness  
  • Learn different exercises and fitness activities 
  • Learn how to be an activity leader 
  • Learn about the effect of exercise on the body   
  • Take part in a range of different sport activities 
  • Learn about other professional sporting and leisure organisations 

Maths 

Wednesday 

9-12noon 

This class will provide you with essential knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics Allowing you to operate confidently, effectively and independently with the ability to solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar settings. 

The keys areas we will cover are: 

  • Number 
  • Measure 
  • Shape and space 
  • Handling Data 

This will be accomplished using a range of practical, hands-on and theoretical learning. 

Let’s Bake 

Wednesday 

1-4pm 

A practical course where you’ll learn how to make lots of different sweet and savoury dishes. You’ll be encouraged to try new foods, learn about how to store food safely and use different equipment.  We’ll also look at how to make healthy food choices, use measurements to weigh ingredients and read recipes accurately. 

Let’s Move 

Wednesday 

1-4pm 

A very fun and practical class. We will explore your own personal enjoyment with movement and music. You will: 

  • Develop control, coordination, balance, poise and elevation in the basic actions of travelling, jumping, turning, gesture and stillness 
  • Perform movements or patterns, including some from existing dance traditions 
  • Explore moods and feelings and to develop their response to music through dances, by using rhythmic responses and contrasts of speed, shape, direction and travel 
  • Develop group and teamwork skills 

Let’s Make 

Wednesday 

1-4pm 

A practical and fun arts and crafts based class. You will develop new skills, experiment with different materials and express yourself through your artwork.  We will look at work from other artists to give us inspiration, and you will be supported to create your own original pieces of work to take home.  

The content of the course will be decided on each group’s preferences and abilities, but may include textiles, collage, painting, printing, 3D art, animation, photography, card making, upcycling crafts, paper crafts, creating items to sell as an enterprise activity. 

Let’s Explore 

Wednesday 

1-4pm 

A practical and fun humanities-based class. We will explore topics related to culture, religion, history, geography and science.  The content will be developed with the group based on their interests and abilities but may include: 

  • Cultural and religious festivals throughout the year (e.g. -Diwali, Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukkah) 
  • Modern cultural events (e.g. -Black History Month, Pride, popular culture) 
  • Local history (prominent people and events from Tyne and Wear) 
  • History topics based on student’s interests (e.g. -Ancient Greece, World Wars) 
  • Environmental awareness 
  • Learning about local and world environments and the people, animals and plants that live there.  

We will explore the topics in a fun way and always link practical activities into our leaning such as arts and crafts-based tasks or food tasting.  We may be able to visit local places to support our learning. 

Let’s Experiment 

Wednesday 

1-4pm 

A hands-on practical and fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) class. We will explore STEM topics through practical experimentation, tailored towards the group’s interests and abilities. These fun engaging tasks support teamworkconfidence and emotional wellbeing. 

Some of the topics the experiments will be based on are: 

  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Engineering 
  • Biology 
  • Medical Sciences 
  • Experimental maths 

Throughout the term you will experience a variety of practical and experiment techniques. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own experiments. In some classes developing products to take home. 

English and Communication Skills 

Thursday 

9-12noon 

This class will work on a range of skills that provide learners with essential knowledge and understanding so they can: 

  • Engage competently and confidently with others verbally and in written format.  
  • Develop skills that are transferable to other areas of learning and the learners’ personal life. 

The key areas are: 

  • Speaking and listening 
  • Reading and understanding information and instruction 
  • Writing accurately and appropriately. 

This will be accomplished using a range of practical, hands-on and theoretical learning. Allowing all students to engage in confident communication. 

Work Placement Preparation 

Thursday 

1-4pm 

If you have a goal to work, we will help you by finding a work placement. This will help you decide what you might like to do and the sort of place you’d like to work. The Job Coaches will work with you to choose a placement and support you when you are there. 

Let’s Relax 

Thursday 

1-4pm 

This is a fun way to learn about yourself and different ways in which you can relax. It will help you improve your health and well-being, reduce anxiety, give you greater satisfaction in life, and feel happier. You will: 

  • Learn breathing techniques  
  • Identify how to take a calm approach 
  • Identify what causes you to be stressed 
  • Identify an activity that will help you relax 
  • Discover your own personal space where you feel happy and relaxed 
  • Identify what things will help you manage your own well-being 

Hospitality and Catering 

Friday 

1-4pm 

This class is for anyone who might like to work in the hospitality and catering industry. You’ll gain knowledge on the sector, learn about health and safety within the industry, employability skills, problem solving, communication, and all about the different job roles you might like to do. You’ll also make a wide range of different sweet and savoury dishes, learning about food hygiene, and handling equipment safely. 

Science and Technology 

Friday 

1-4pm 

This course will help you develop skills in and understanding of Science and Technology. Throughout the course learners will be equipped with skills specific to this sector with a range of transferable employability skills. This can enable progression towards a qualification ultimately leading to higher learning or towards roles such as a Science Technician. 

Examples of topics covered are: 

  • Concepts and techniques for chemistry 
  • Electronics in action 
  • The study of living things 
  • Carrying out a scientific project 
  • Forensic detection 
  • Healthy living 

This will be accomplished using a range of practical and theoretical learning. Professional speakers from industry will be invited to speak with learners. 

Art and Design 

Friday 

1-4pm 

The class will be based around four units:  

  • Experiment with art and design ideas and technique 
  • Create art and design work using 3-dimensional techniques  
  • Create art and design work using mixed media techniques 
  • Complete a Final Art and Design Project  

You will explore different artist’s, techniques and a range of materials. Alongside painting and drawing, the course will explore other art forms such as sculpture, photography and art created using technology.  

There is a section on the form for you to tell us what classes your child/ the young person wants to do. Complete this as best as you can but don’t worry if you’re not sure of something- you can always give us a call before you start.

Confirm your place

You need to tell us that you want to take up your place with us. There is a section on the form for you to tick whether you accept or decline your place. If you are declining, you won’t need to fill out the rest of the form. If you have decided not to join us next year, you may need to speak to a careers advisor, social worker or one of the SEND Team so they can help you choose what you would like to do next. 

Sign up to the Summer School

Our Summer School runs during the week of the 19th July 2021. For some of you, this is the last week of the school term. Don’t worry- we have contacted the schools and they are happy for you to attend. The Summer School will be on Monday and Wednesday, with an outdoor family picnic on the Friday. Once you have told us what classes you want to go to, we’ll send you an email or a letter telling you when you need to attend the Summer School.

Your contact details

It’s really important that we have contact details for a parent or carer and some emergency contact details. There is a section about this on the form for you to tell us this. Please make sure you fill out all the details correctly and tell us if this changes in the future.

Your medical information

It’s important that we have all the up to date medical information about you in case there is an emergency. Our staff are not able to help you take any medication but we may need to pass information on to a doctor, nurse or paramedic, should there be an emergency. It is also useful if you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements too. There is a short section on the form for you to complete to tell us about this.

Your involvement

We like parents and carers to be involved in our your education. We will tell them about the progress you are making and, if you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), update this with you and them each year. You can decide how involved you want your parent or carer to be involved in your time at learningSkills. However, we strongly suggest you speak to them about this section before you complete it.

Behaviour Policy

We have a behaviour policy that we ask all learners, parents, and carers to read. It’s important that learners and staff learn and work in a safe and secure environment. You can contact us for a full copy of our Behaviour Policy, but here is a summary.

We will:

  • Always do everything possible to make it easy for learners to make the right choice in terms of their behaviour which includes understanding the needs of learners, separating inappropriate behaviour from another influence such as a learning difficulty/disability or safeguarding concern and treating learners fairly and with respect.
  • Ensure all staff model the type of behaviour they expect from learners
  • Communicate clearly to learners(and where appropriate, parents, carers, and employers)that they have high expectations of learners and will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour
  • Ensure all learners understand that there is a process in place to deal with inappropriate behaviour
  • Have a zero tolerance on unacceptable behaviour and ensure that any incidents are dealt with in a sensitive manner
  • Work with learners (and where appropriate, parents, carers and employers) to understand reasons why they may be displaying unacceptable behaviour
  • Ensure all staff understand the behaviour management policy, any related sanctions, and know how to implement them in a consistent and fair manner
  • Create a safe and stimulating learning environment that encourages learning and positive behaviour
  • Where necessary, implement safeguarding procedures as a result of unacceptable behaviour
  • Monitor behaviour patterns and take appropriate action as a result

Learners will:

  • Ensure they understand that inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Speak to staff if they are unsure about, or wish to read the Behaviour Management Policy
  • Discuss any concerns they have about their course, or personal life that could or is resulting in unacceptable behaviour
  • Understand that in some cases, unacceptable behaviour could result in a safeguarding incident and that learningSkills will take immediate and appropriate action, and may need to involve other people or agencies
  • Respect and show tolerance of other people and their beliefs, even when they are not aligned to their own
  • Help us create a safe and stimulating learning environment by modelling and promoting positive behaviour

Term dates

Term  

Start  

End  

Half term 

Autumn  

Monday 13th September 2021 

10th December 2021 

25th to 29th October 2021 

Spring  

Monday 10th January 2022 

8th April 2022 

21st to 25th February2022 

Summer 

Monday 25th April 2022 

22nd July 2022 

30th May to 3rd June 2022 

 

Activities

We try and provide activities for you to do during lunch time and in the early evening. These run during the term time only.

Lunchtime clubs:

These run 12.15pm to 12.45pm each week

      • Monday: Gaming with Steven
      • Tuesday: Sport with Louise
      • Wednesday Drama with Louise

Evening activities:

These run 4.30pm to 6.30pm each month

      • Social Club- first Wednesday of every month
      • Cinema Evening- last Thursday of every month

Tuck shop:

Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available every morning 8.45-9.00am and afternoon 12.00-1.00pm and then during learner break times (varied depending on the class). We operate an honesty box system but help will be provided to students who find using money difficult. Crisps and chocolate bars will only be served at lunch times. Healthy snacks sold during opening hours. 

Our Contact Details

 

Name 

Role 

Phone Number 

Email 

When to contact 

Melanie Crosby 

Curriculum Manager 

0191 433 8704 

Melaniecrosby@gateshead.gov.uk 

Queries about the start of the academic year including timetables or transition from school/ college 

EHCP review needed (this is usually automatically done October/November) 

Complaints, concerns and compliments 

Helen McCarroll 

Liaison Officer and Job Coach 

0191 433 8770 

07954 675 782 

Helenmccarroll@gateshead.gov.uk 

Day to day enquiries on timetables, learner welfare, placement and job information 

Joanne McGuinness 

Liaison Officer and Job Coach 

0191 433 8770 

07722 156 516 

Joannemcguinness@gateshead.gov.uk 

Day to day enquiries on timetables, learner welfare, placement and job information 

Beverley Moore 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Beverleymoore@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Hospitality and Catering 

Cooking and Baking 

Chiara Arrighi 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Chiaraarrighi@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Customer Service and Business Administration 

Donna Quinn 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Donnaquinn@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Travel and Tourism 

Kate Hunter-Parker 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Katehunterparker@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Art and Design 

Let’s Make– E3/L1/L2 group only 

Katie Devine 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Katiedevine@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Maths– E2 and above groups 

English – E2 and above groups 

Digital Skills- E2/E3 group only 

Science and Technology 

Let’s Experiment 

Marnie Seales 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Marnieseales@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Digital Skills– L1/L2 group only 

Employability Skills 

Let’s Bake– Pre-Entry/ E1 group only 

Louise McCarthy 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Louisemccarthy@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Sports Development 

Independent Living– E2/E3 group only 

Let’s Move 

Let’s Relax 

Rachel Thompson 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Rachelthompson2@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Independent Living– Pre-Entry/ E1 group only 

Let’s Make 

Maths– Pre-Entry/ E1 group only 

English– Pre-Entry/ E1 group only 

Let’s Explore 

Steven Oliphant 

Tutor 

0191 433 8770 

Stevenoliphant@gateshead.gov.uk 

For information or queries on the following courses: 

Digital Skills- Pre-Entry/ E1 group only