A mother from Birmingham has praised a Longbridge college which supports all of her 5 children with learning difficulties.

Dawn Steward, from Northfield, is proud mum to five siblings who receive extra help through Bournville College’s Supported Learning Programme.

Aged between 16 and 28, all five young adults started their educational journey within the programme, which caters to individuals with learning difficulties.

The programme aims to introduce these students to a variety of vocational subjects to help develop both their basic life and employability skills.

Dawn said: “They are all happy and enjoy it – four of them have progressed out of Supported Learning into vocational programmes.

“My kids’ self-confidence has really improved by going to college.”

Amanda, 28, is currently studying Employment to Work (Level 2) and has secured a placement at Bordesley Primary School as a Classroom Assistant.

Jamie, 23, is studying Painting and Decorating and Christopher, 21, is enjoying a course in Hospitality and Catering.

Georgina, 17, is studying Level 1 Carpentry and dreams of opening a kitchen-fitting business for large construction companies.

16-year-old Cameron enrolled at Bournville College in September 2018 on the Supported Learning Programme. His ambition is to work in lighting and production for a Theatre company.

Head of School for Supported Learning, Christine Daly, said, “We are delighted that we have been able to support the Steward family through our college and that they’re all doing really well. This is not unusual – we often get siblings follow each other.”

South & City and Bournville College’s most recent Ofsted report, published on the 8th January 2019, supports Dawn’s admiration and praise towards the establishment. It states, “Students receive appropriate, specialist support which further helps them overcome barriers to independence and develops their confidence.”

If you’d like to find out more about how Bournville College can support you and your family, visit www.sccb.ac.uk


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