Employer/Training Day

Employer day 1Our first Careers Fair took place on Tuesday 13th February at the Centre with a really good representation of colleges and training providers, who included Yeovil College, Bournemouth and Poole College, Weymouth College, Paragon Training Providers and the Army. Ann (our Connexions PA) worked really hard to organise the fair and the students who attended came away with some useful information on post-16 options, and we will look forward to hosting next year’s Fair.


May 13th, 2007 by Julia in News

Student Information

You may be interested in looking at the websites below for a range of information and advice on all sorts of issues:

Fancy getting out and about? look at www.dorsetforyou.com/outdoored

Information on staying safe can be found on:





If you need advice on housing or are thinking of running away:


or ring Re-Run on 07958475057

Careers advice can be found on:



and Ali from Connexions can often be found in the meeting room by the entrance hall at the Centre – just ask to see her if you need help and guidance on careers and many other issues.

Drugs advice can be found on:


and don’t forget you can always talk to Helen from SHADOWS (Dorset’s Drug Advisory Service) who drops into the centre on a regular basis.

May 13th, 2007 by Julia in News

Sexual Health Education

At the beginning of February our students were invited to take part in Sex and Relationships Education sessions delivered by Jimmy Dean and Carolyn Salzano (Health Education professionals) to promote the Every Child Matters concept of Staying Safe and Being Healthy. Topics covered included Teenage Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Contraception. The students were also invited to take part in the National Chlamydia Screening Programme and were given advice and information to support these sessions.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News

College applications

CollegeAny current Year 9 or Year 10 student interested in attending a college course at Bournemouth and Poole College in September 2007 needs to see Julia as soon as possible. There is more information available on the student notice board in the Marching Hall.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News

Well Done, Kim and Roger

We were very pleased when one of our students successfully passed the CIEH Basic Food Hygiene Level 2 course after attending a whole day’s training course at the Bridport Centre for Local Food in February. We were just as pleased that Kim – our SSW – also passed with flying colours. Well done to you both.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News

Walk the Path of Heroes

Omaha beach landingsA visit to Normandy is planned for a group of students from all the Learning Centres in Dorset in May. The students will visit the site of the Normandy Landings and will include visits to Omaha Beach, Bayeux, Villiers-Bocage, Pegasus Bridge and Ste Mere-Eglise. It will help the students to widen their knowledge and see in detail many things they have heard about the Second World War. The spaces will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis and a small contribution to the cost of the trip will be required.

We will update you with photos and first hand accounts after the trip takes place and hope that all who take part enjoy this special opportunity.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News

Rural Skills Group

Some of you have met Julie who comes into the centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays and have been able to visit her farm at Longburton. Julie is happy to welcome you onto her farm to learn about a variety of interests and the great life outdoors. You can take part in a variety of experiences, including learning how to bottle-feed lambs, take part in ‘Foster a Farm Animal’ Scheme which includes caring for the chosen animal on a regular basis, making bird boxes, planting trees, making a wormary, learning about conservation and how to grow vegetables from seed ready to be sold at market.

We are developing a working group to work on the land with Shane, who has vast experience in all things rural – such as hedge-laying, tree-planting, coppicing and hurdle-making.

There may be a chance for some students to camp out overnight and sleep under the stars (and under our supervision), learn how to make a camp fire, how to cook, and find out who can manage to spend a night without a TV to watch

Watch out for more information after Easter and let us know if you want to be included.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News

The Rona Sailing Trust

SailingAn opportunity arises each year for one or two students to take part in the Rona Sailing Trust. This project has been taking young people to sea since 1960 and sail out of Southampton on a variety of voyages. If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunity to experience a week-long off shore adventure and learn new skills and make new friends, please see Julia for more details.

March 27th, 2007 by Julia in News


NCSLIan has just got back from three days in Nottingham and the National College of School Leadership on part of his National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) course. The course was a chance to meet with teachers from around the country to talk about how schools might look in the future. We came up with something very similar to SLC (but with better facilities).

February 5th, 2007 by Ian in Training

Teaching Shakespeare

Jez has just been on a course called ‘Teaching Shakespeare’. He spent a very enjoyable morning role playing Shakespeare with other English teachers. Amongst other things he was a king, a warrior and a witch. (Just like a normal day at work.) He learnt lots of different hands-on ways to make Shakespeare funny, interesting and relevant. So far Jez has used some of the techniques with year 10 girls – it’s like Eastenders!! – and the ladies in the office.

With a bit of adaptation it could be used with poems and novels.

January 25th, 2007 by Ian in Training