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‘A Better Internet Starts With You’ – Safer Internet Day

Safer internet day falls on the 6th February 2018, encouraging schools and learners alike to look at the possible implications being online can have from a safeguarding perspective. This day is a global awareness event to promote the positive use of digital technology for children and young people, inspiring a national conversation. The UK Safer … Continue reading ‘A Better Internet Starts With You’ – Safer Internet Day

A Good School Food Culture – Obesity Awareness Week

Welcome back to all after the Christmas break as we begin a brand new term, leading towards the end of year exams. The 8th until the 12th of January is Obesity Awareness Week, so we have been working on our students knowledge of the causes and preventions of obesity and what they can do to have … Continue reading A Good School Food Culture – Obesity Awareness Week

A wonderful Christmas time at Progress Schools

As the term comes to a halt leading up to the Christmas break, it’s time to reflect on the amazing work both students and staff have been doing over the past month to get into the festive spirit. Here are our 5 g̶o̶l̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶r̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ favourite things… This Christmas, our Wirral school volunteered in The Hive … Continue reading A wonderful Christmas time at Progress Schools

Progress Schools opens in Greater Manchester

Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, state-of-the-art youth facility based in Wigan town centre. It offers young people from across greater Manchester the opportunity to learn new skills, experience new opportunities and access the support they need to achieve their full potential. With our main aim as an education provider to educate and guide those … Continue reading Progress Schools opens in Greater Manchester

New Vocational Award offers a Music Production Education

Being an alternative education provider, it’s important that our curriculum stimulates our learners and helps them progress to the best of their individual abilities. Music is proven to increase a young person’s engagement, as well as improve emotional development, mental health and concentration levels in the classroom. Progress Schools Northamptonshire, including both our Northampton and Thrapston sites, … Continue reading New Vocational Award offers a Music Production Education

A second chance to learn for Wirral youngsters

A second chance to learn for Wirral’s ‘problem’ youngsters Young people from Wirral are being given a second chance to learn through our new school initiative in the borough. In classrooms at The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead, vulnerable, disadvantaged and disengaged children are being given an alternative to conventional education along with opportunities to gain essential … Continue reading A second chance to learn for Wirral youngsters

MP Tom Pursglove visits Progress Schools

Progress Schools Kettering relocated to Thrapston earlier this year, moving right next door to the East Northamptonshire Council building. With some fantastic new classrooms opposite the Nene Leisure Centre, we have been thoroughly utilising the facilities on offer to provide a positive future for our students. This September, local MP Tom Pursglove came to see … Continue reading MP Tom Pursglove visits Progress Schools

Let the fundraising commence!

After a successful year of fundraising across the 16 – 17 academic year, we donated over £1000 to The Children’s Society to support the work they do for vulnerable young people across the country. This year, you may have heard we are raising money to support the RSPCA, helping them with all they do to … Continue reading Let the fundraising commence!

Exclusion and it’s link to Mental Health

“Permanently excluded children in England face significant disadvantage because of ‘broken system” – IPPR Think Tank A recent news article from The Guardian covered exclusion of students and its ties to mental health issues in young people. ‘IPPR think tank says permanently excluded children in England face significant disadvantage because of ‘broken system’’. As alternative … Continue reading Exclusion and it’s link to Mental Health

Are our learners work ready?

The Princes Trust recently released a report regarding soft skills in comparison to academic success. 'The report gauges how much value is placed on soft skills and whether young people feel they have enough support to learn the skills back at school and in the workplace' One of the key findings within this research was that 43% of young … Continue reading Are our learners work ready?

Living the football dream achieves education goals

Above: Paul Leary (right) with senior tutor Dominic Saffman (centre) and teaching assistant Andrew Liggett Living the football dream is giving Merseyside youngsters a second chance of achieving their education goals. A groundbreaking partnership between specialist education provider Progress Schools and top football club Marine FC has this year produced a hat-trick of successes among … Continue reading Living the football dream achieves education goals

OFSTED shows upward movement of behaviour, motivation and attendance in Northampton

Behaviour, motivation and attendance is spiralling upwards among young people from Progress Schools in Northampton. In its first Ofsted report, the school – whose learners are disengaged from education or who are at risk of exclusion because of behavioural difficulties or non-attendance – has received ratings of Good in all its key inspection areas. Ofsted … Continue reading OFSTED shows upward movement of behaviour, motivation and attendance in Northampton

High Wycombe and Chesham OFSTED shows learners on road to employment

Official government recognition has been given to Progress Schools for its achievements in setting High Wycombe and Chesham learners on the road to employment or into further education. The vast majority of leavers, according to its latest Ofsted report, have gone to college or begun an apprenticeship. Contributory to this is the “very effective” and … Continue reading High Wycombe and Chesham OFSTED shows learners on road to employment

Learner Lewis puts healthy eating on menu at Northampton

An astute business sense and negotiating skills by Progress Schools learner Lewis Greenall has put fellow students on course for healthier eating. Lewis, 16, was fed up that the only lunchtime food available to everyone at their Northampton centre was either from the local fish and chip shop or was boring ham sandwiches. So he … Continue reading Learner Lewis puts healthy eating on menu at Northampton

Learners and tutors run for the Hillsborough 96 for charity

Football rivalry was put aside when staff and students from Progress Schools in Liverpool joined the annual Run for the 96 charity event in memory of the Liverpool supporters who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Wearing either Liverpool-red or Everton-blue shirts, the team used the 5K run in Stanley Park, Anfield, as a way … Continue reading Learners and tutors run for the Hillsborough 96 for charity

Trevor’s sporting passion encourages students to aim high

Tutor Trevor John’s passion for the art of kickboxing is helping to inspire Chesham students to aim high in their lives. British, European and world champion Trevor sees his sport as a way of channelling energies to convert into a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle. He said: “Many lessons can be learned from the art … Continue reading Trevor’s sporting passion encourages students to aim high

Achieve new goals at the school that’s passionate about sport

Young people from the North West are being given a chance to reach new goals at one of Progress Schools’ newest initiatives. Marine AFC, a fan-owned community football club in Crosby on the outskirts of Liverpool, has become home to a school offering an extensive array of BTEC sports qualifications for learners who are passionate … Continue reading Achieve new goals at the school that’s passionate about sport

New recruit Sophie chooses apprenticeship over university

The newest recruit to Progress Schools is flying the flag for apprenticeships as a vital route to a successful career. Eighteen-year-old Sophie Jolley has just begun work at Progress Schools in Northampton as a social media and digital marketing apprentice, joining the growing number of young people choosing an apprenticeship rather than going to university. … Continue reading New recruit Sophie chooses apprenticeship over university

Progress Schools tackles cannabis problem among Carlisle youth

A new partnership with Progress Schools is tackling the major problem of Carlisle’s young people who are hooked on cannabis. Progress Schools, educating the town’s children who struggle in mainstream education, is getting across the hard-hitting message about the dangers of the drug in a series of workshops with the North West-based Stop Smoking Cannabis … Continue reading Progress Schools tackles cannabis problem among Carlisle youth

High Wycombe welcomes MP Steve Baker to open day

Progress Schools had a chance to showcase its vital work among young people at an open day at its High Wycombe centre. Among the VIP guests was High Wycombe’s MP Steve Baker who paid great attention to the views and opinions of students. Progress Schools chief executive James Madine said: “The MP’s visit and his … Continue reading High Wycombe welcomes MP Steve Baker to open day

Charlotte takes fundraising challenge to new heights

Fearless Charlotte Barton has taken Progress Schools’ fundraising challenge to new heights. Charlotte, the schools’ quality assurance manager, abseiled down the 127-metre Express Lift Tower in Northampton to raise money for The Children’s Society. After her experience, she said: “It was fantastic – and the views of Northampton were amazing. I’ve done abseiling and climbing … Continue reading Charlotte takes fundraising challenge to new heights

Fired up and ready to learn

Young people are being given a unique opportunity for high scores in the education stakes with the opening of Progress Schools’ new centre in Liverpool. Operating from one of the city’s most exciting youth venues at the Fire Fit Hub Super Youth Zone, this latest venture is a major move in the Progress Schools’ mission … Continue reading Fired up and ready to learn

Progress Schools helped bring a summer of fun and fitness to young people

Hundreds of children have been having a summer of fun and fitness thanks to a new partnership with Progress Schools. Support for a ground-breaking school holiday project has ensured that the young people – many from families who would otherwise struggle to allow them to take part – can continue to enjoy sport, music and culture … Continue reading Progress Schools helped bring a summer of fun and fitness to young people

Progress Schools kicks off new youth partnership

New goals are within reach of young people thanks to a new partnership between Progress Schools and a Liverpool football club. Progress Schools has linked up with Marine FC to create a perfect match which will help raise youngsters’ aspirations. The sponsorship arrangement will see the two organisations working closely together with one aim – to … Continue reading Progress Schools kicks off new youth partnership

Six months of great success at Progress Schools

Last academic year we had 6 months to put our stamp on things as Progress Schools so we got busy, quickly. In such a short time we supported almost 150 students who had previously struggled with education. To enable us to do this, we worked with our staff and provided communication days where our sites … Continue reading Six months of great success at Progress Schools

Our next steps… Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Progress Schools are proud to announce that we will be liaising with our sister company to support their Apprenticeship learners that require a specific maths and English qualification. Progress Schools are part of a larger group and our sister company Progress to Excellence (PtoE) are experts in Apprenticeships. Through this association we are also able to … Continue reading Our next steps… Traineeships and Apprenticeships