The results are in and our learners have achieved an amazing 100% pass rate in City & Guilds qualifications across Bedfordshire and a brilliant 90% pass rate in Northamptonshire.

We are so proud of our learners, many of whom have spent very little time in school and have struggled academically and personally throughout their lives. The majority have either been on the verge of exclusion or permanently excluded from mainstream education. Just spending any time in an educational setting is an achievement for many; concentrating on the tasks in hand, listening, learning and feeling comfortable working with others. The fact that so many are able to walk away at the end of the academic year with something tangible which will contribute to and benefit their futures is the icing on the cake for our coaches, clients and, most importantly, the learners themselves.

The fantastic pass rate is particularly impressive when it has been documented that only 1% of all people who are permanently excluded from school attain any GCSEs – we are so pleased to be able to offer a positive alternative.
Achieving qualifications in Functional Skills (Maths and English), Employability and Land-based Studies, provides our learners with a platform from which they are able to move forward into work and further education with confidence and essential transferable skills. The qualifications open their eyes to all the opportunities that exist for them and allow them to explore new avenues and interests.

This year, a number of our Post 16 leavers will be moving onto further education to places such as Shuttleworth College, and others have arranged work experience and apprenticeship placements. All learners are feeling more positive about their future and are very proud of their achievements.

Amy*, one of our learners in Northamptonshire, has achieved her City & Guilds Employability Certificate this year: “Before I came to The Seeds of Change I was in a mainstream school where I couldn’t cope. My behaviour was an issue and my anxiety was bad. The mainstream school I was at couldn’t help me, if anything it made me worse.

“I then moved to a behaviour school where they put me on The Seeds of Change course. At first I wasn’t sure of it, my anxiety was bad and I refused to do a lot, but they had patience. One day I joined in an activity and from then I loved being there. The Seeds of Change coaches helped me and taught me loads, such as how to a better a person, ignore negative people and vibes, be less stubborn and more patient and passionate about things.”

Congratulations to all our learners who have achieved a qualification this year, best of luck to all our leavers, and we look forward to welcoming back many of our existing learners in September to achieve even greater things!

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about our courses and our session availability from September.

[*name changed for anonymity]