Student Progress Centre – A Unique Support Provision
We’re extremely proud of the Student Progress Centre here at Marsden Heights with its totally unique support provision. The Student Progress Centre exists solely for the good of our students and their families/carers and encompasses all areas of student well-being and performance.
This nurturing environment provides a safe haven and all the care, support and guidance to help students and their families/carers through what is often a challenging time in a young person’s life. We believe we bridge the relationship between home, college and the student as we work alongside the family/carers to support the student as a whole – with consideration of their personal, social, emotional and academic development.
Transition from Primary to Secondary and Beyond
Our students first meet the team when they are about to embark on the transition from primary school to the College as our specialist staff facilitate and arrange visits and taster sessions. This gives our prospective students a feel for college life and gives them the confidence necessary to help them settle in quicker. Towards the end of their time here at the College, the Centre provides careers advice and guidance, liaises with Further Education colleges and other post-16 providers and assists with the writing of CVs, completion of application forms and interview practice.
Each and every student is encouraged to visit the centre to access the support our specialised staff offer. We provide academic support with the provision of homework clubs, group working and mentoring and by helping them develop key skills such as effective revision, time management and organisational skills. Where appropriate we can arrange for support on a one-to-one basis.
Emotional Well-being & Support
For others, our approachable, accessible and non-judgemental staff are there to listen. Students tell us that they feel comfortable talking with us and that they grow in confidence and self esteem as a mutual trust develops. Our specialised staff work closely with other agencies – for example health and young peoples’ service and can also access trained counsellors where necessary.
English as an Additional Language
Welcome to the EAL (English as an Additional Language) department.
We offer support to students of all abilities across the college who have additional English language learning requirements.
On admission to MHCC, new arrivals are given an initial assessment using the Lancashire Profile for Monitoring Pupil Progress. This gives the college a baseline from where we can personalise a flexible support plan for the student. An additional Literacy and Numeracy assessment is also completed so each student can be placed appropriately in English and Mathematics.
In the first instance, students may be withdrawn from mainstream classes for concentrated English language tuition individually, in pairs or small groups, thereafter, we provide in class support wherever possible.
We work closely with our colleagues in the Student Progress Centre to provide our EAL learners with a safe, positive, flexible learning experience.
An After-School EAL Club offers students the opportunity to have help with their homework or with reading or simply the chance to relax, practice their English and make friends.
If you’d like to email the Student Progress Centre you can do so in confidence here.