The UK Maths Challenge held its latest round of competition at the beginning of November, and 26 students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part.
The 26 competitors were made up of first and second year A-Level maths students, who sat the 90 minute, 25 multiple choice question, exam on Tuesday 8th November at the college.
The students received their results a week later and were able to celebrate some fantastic scores, as two students achieved gold certificates, four students were awarded silver certificates and sixteen students gained the bronze award.
To top their Gold achievements, Year 13 students, Dillon Piggot and Roy Simamora were also awarded the ‘Best in Class’ accolade for their highest scores of 88. Year 12 student, Louis Jo Jones also walked away with a ‘Best in Class’ certificate to go with the silver award that he won.
The UK Maths Challenge is an annual competition for young people across the UK, which last year more than 675,000 entries from over 4,500 different schools and colleges entered.
Ashish Gupta, Mathematics lecturer, said: “The maths challenge is a great way to test your skills in maths and I’m delighted and proud of the students’ achievements. Nationally, the top 60% of students in the senior category receive a certificate, so it is very pleasing to see so many of our students being awarded certificates.”
A caring 15-year-old has been named Outstanding Young Person of the Month.
Lauren Furbey, who goes to Helenswood Academy, volunteers to look after people with learning and physical disabilities at Streatfield House in St Leonard's.
She was nominated for the award by her mum, Paula, who said: “As part of Lauren’s Health & Social Care course she did a week’s work experience at Streatfield House. She enjoyed it so much that she asked if she could go back to do voluntary work at the weekends.
Since then Lauren has volunteered to help out at Streatfield House for three hours every week.
Paula added: “The manager has told me that the residents really look forward to seeing Lauren each week and the time she spends with them means a great deal to them. She has the most amazing caring nature for someone of her age. It first became evident when she was just 12 years old when she helped to look after her Nan who had lung cancer and who sadly died in 2013.”
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.
The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.
Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Lauren’s caring nature is obvious and I’m sure the volunteering she does at Streatfield House makes a difference to the people she helps. I was pleased to meet her to present the award.”
As part of her award, Lauren will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation is being made to Cancer Research.
Sussex Coast College Hastings has been recognised for providing exceptional support to dyslexic students after being awarded the British Dyslexia Association Quality Mark last week.
Sussex Coast College is one of the only colleges in East Sussex to be awarded the accreditation for their excellent standards and support they offer to students with dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling and is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in the UK.
Kay Zukor, SpLD Tutor said: “We already have a number of qualified specialist staff who support and teach our dyslexic students, and we already demonstrated many of the criteria needed to gain the quality mark. I was keen to celebrate and champion the fact that we are dyslexia specialists, and the BDA mark confirms that.”
The British Dyslexia Association visited the College at the beginning of November. In order to achieve the quality mark the College had to achieve essential criteria in 5 standards, ranging from appropriately qualified staff to differentiated teaching and learning in the classroom.
Vicky Chainey, Head of Student Support Services said: “The quality mark demonstrates a positive commitment to meeting the needs of young people with dyslexia. We are a centre of excellence and have an approach to learning that embraces diversity, improving the experience of all students within the College.”
Sussex Coast College Hastings is working towards the Investors in Careers quality standard to evidence their commitment to enhancing careers and providing impartial advice and guidance for young people.
The Investor in Careers award raises the standards of CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) across the country and helps to facilitate a successful transition from learning to work for students.
The award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area, and means that the college will offer invaluable support to all students who attend Sussex Coast College Hastings, whether they are in Further Education, Higher Education or a community learner.
Vicky Chainey (Head of Student Support Services) and Hannah King (Student Services Manager) announced the commitment to achieving this at the November Open Evening at Station Plaza last Thursday.
Vicky Chainey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the College and it is further evidence of the support that we already complete with young people; helping them to raise aspirations, take advantage of new opportunities, and realise their full potential in employment or Higher Education.”
Two billion people are expected to be speaking or learning English by 2020, and with an emphasis from the Government to ensure that all workers in the UK have a competent level of English and maths; the need for high quality teachers, with internationally recognised English language teaching qualifications, has never been greater.
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Starting again in January, Sussex Coast College Hastings will be offering people the chance to qualify as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
The Certificate in TESOL qualification offers people the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge they need to start teaching non-English speakers.
The 2011 census (ons.gov.uk) shows that almost 6% of people in the South East are non-English speakers – the fifth highest region behind London, West Midlands, East Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber.
When looking at these figures more closely, the number of non-English speaking people in Hastings is just over 4%; meaning that there are approximately 4,500 people who speak very little or no English in the town.
Carrie Brooke-Mellor is a recent graduate from the Cert TESOL course at Sussex Coast College Hastings and says that the Cert TESOL course is such a rewarding experience and one of the best things she has done.
Carrie studied to become a qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages at Sussex Coast College Hastings last year after being made redundant from her job as a secretary in a London School 2 year ago.
She decided to have a change of career and thought that teaching English would bring greater employment prospects, because of the growing number of language schools and visitors Hastings has each year.
Carrie said: “I had experience of teaching English after completing an online course, but I knew that the TESOL qualification would allow me to teach at a much higher standard.”
“I was delighted to find the course at SCCH and from the moment I enrolled, I knew it was the right decision. The tutors were extremely helpful and lectures were clear and enjoyable.”
“The work was hard but the tutors were always available to give advice and encouragement. One of the most valuable sections in my opinion was the 'Unknown language' module in which we attempted to learn Polish from a standpoint of being a complete beginner and this gave great insight as to how a learner must feel.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has been a wonderful journey. It is really rewarding when you see the progress that the students make with their English.”
Places on the Cert TESOL course at Sussex Coast College Hastings are now available and the course will start in January. The part-time course is certified by Trinity College London and runs over one day and one evening a week for 22 weeks.
If you have ever thought about becoming a teacher, or fancy a career change, then this is the perfect time to start the Trinity College London recognised qualification.
The course fees are significantly lower than studying at university and funding and financial support may be available.
A new College project, that will offer Apprenticeships and skills training, has become the latest signing for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club this season, when the company sponsored one of the 1901 Club lounges at the Amex Stadium.
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Sussex Skills Solutions, a newly formed venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, was launched this year to provide the ultimate solution to a business’ staffing and workforce needs.
The company uses the expertise of both colleges to help businesses across Sussex find apprentices, and provide their existing workforce with skills training.
The apprenticeships and skills training provider has sponsored the lounge at the American Express Community Stadium as it looks to strengthen its links with the football club and Albion in the Community, as well as build new relationships with employers and businesses who are part of the 1901 Club.
Sussex Skills Solutions is already working with a number of businesses in Eastbourne and Hastings and will look to expand in the autumn by opening a branch in Brighton.
Dan Shelley, Vice Principal: Enterprise, Employment and Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “Sussex Skills Solutions is proud to sponsor a lounge at the American Express Community Stadium and support the Albion.”
“We strive for excellence in the training arena and feel that we therefore share similar characteristics to the football club as they continue their strong start to the season and ambition to gain promotion to the Premier League.”
“We wish them the best of luck this season and hope that we can have a double celebration in May with the Seagulls promoted and Sussex Skills Solutions having had a successful first year.”
Paul Rogers, Commercial and Premium Partnerships Manager at Brighton and Hove Albion, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sussex Skills Solutions to our Partners portfolio, we are looking forward to working with Dan (Shelley) and Stephen Burkes (Director of Sussex Skills Solutions), to enhance the great work they are currently doing in the education and training sector.”
“Our partnership will help promote the apprenticeship scheme to our growing list of Partners and Sponsors in the Sussex area and ultimately full time employment.”
Please visit www.sussexskillssolutions.co.uk for more information about skills training, apprenticeships and apprenticeship vacancies, or to request an application pack. Alternatively you can call 030 300 39777 to speak to one of the team.