14 April 2009>
More than 60 Learning Coaches have been trained in the Caerphilly County Borough over the last two years. In recognition of their achievements the coaches were invited along to a special presentation event held in the Vale Hotel to receive accolades and certificates for all their hard work.
Over 100 Learning Coaches are about to complete their training in the region of South and Central Wales and 60 of these came from the county borough. During the event special guest John McFall, the renowned Paralympian sprinter spoke to officials and guests about the connections between achievement in high-level athletics and what it takes to achieve in life.
Access to learning coaching is a key element of the Welsh Assembly Government's visionary 14-19 Learning Pathways agenda. From September 2009, all young people in Year 10 in Wales will be legally entitled to have access to coaching support. Learning coaches work with young people to help develop their learning skills and support them to map out and pursue pathways of learning and work for themselves. Coaches work with young people of all kinds – gifted and talented, disaffected, medium-achievers – and are based in a wide range of settings such as with the voluntary sector, schools, colleges, special education and training organisations.
The Learning Coach Training course is being delivered by a collaboration of five local authorities: Merthyr, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend. It also involves close collaboration with four universities – Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan, UWIC and University of Wales Newport – which offer accreditation in the five modules of the course. This training follows on from the national pilot run by First Campus for the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006-2007.
The regional training of coaches will continue with a new group starting in April-May, and an intensive Summer School in July 2009.
For further information please contact Dot Powell 01443 866662.
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