Aspire Sussex Adult Education GCSE Results Summer 2021

Aspire Sussex students, staff and trustees are celebrating a successful set of GCSE results.

This year’s students worked extremely hard in difficult circumstances but despite it all they’ve achieved some fantastic results.

Our students achieved a 96% pass rate for Maths & an 86% pass rate for English with grades 4+ and a 48% pass rate for Maths & an 65.9% pass rate for English with grades 5+

We are very proud of every student who comes to study English and Maths with us at Aspire as it often takes them a lot of courage to come through the door and study a subject that they may have struggled with at school. Our experienced tutors, small classes and additional support enables students to reach their learning goals as an adult. Students join for many reasons, but often to enable them to make a career change or to better support their children in their studies.

Hear from a few of our past students in these blog posts below:

Sarah – English and Maths GCSE

Tom – English GCSE

If you, like us, have been inspired by our students’ achievements it isn’t too late to enrol on an English or Maths qualification this year, starting this September across West Sussex. Please visit our website www.aspiresussex.org.uk or call 0345 601 0161 for more information. Places are free, subject to eligibility requirements.

Student Spotlight – Tom

Student Spotlight! Meet Tom who received his GCSE English result today. Congratulations from us on a job well done.

How do you feel today having received your result?

✔️ I feel extremely happy and satisfied. It’s been a long time coming and well worth the wait which has taken a huge weight off my shoulders.


What motivated you to join the course?

✔️ I wanted a change of career and the career I want to go into requires GCSE English.


What plans do you have next?

✔️ I was/am also studying Maths at the same time with Aspire Sussex so I plan on working towards achieving my GCSE in that.


How did you find the experience of having your entire course delivered online?

✔️ At first I felt slightly apprehensive being the youngest person on the course however the teacher made everyone feel extremely welcome along with the rest of the class. I found the entire course and learning to be very effective and valuable when we’ve been put in small groups in breakout rooms and also reviewing PowerPoint slides each week.


What would you say to someone who is considering taking a GCSE course with Aspire next year?

✔️ Whatever stage of life you’re at, never stop learning and pursue your dreams. No lesson is always the same and you always learn something new. 

Student Spotlight – Sarah

Student Spotlight! Meet Sarah who received her GCSE English and Maths results today. Congratulations from us on a job well done.


How do you feel today having received your result?

✔️ Fantastic, I am so pleased. Particularly about English, I just loved the whole course.


What motivated you to join the course?

✔️ I left school before my exams many years ago, I regretted it. I was convinced I could never complete the maths, as previously struggled. English was different as have always enjoyed it, although was keen to develop how I wrote and make better sense of what I was reading.


What plans do you have next?

✔️ Some creative writing perhaps, possible A Level English at some point. I need to wait until I conclude an MBA in Strategic Leadership next year.


How did you find the experience of having your entire course delivered online?

✔️ Online teaching made a big difference for me, it was accessible, engaging and I felt motivated and supported despite the virtual element. It was a relaxed and fun way to learn including the formal requirements of the GCSE curriculum.


What would you say to someone who is considering taking a GCSE course with Aspire next year?

✔️ I would say do it, the teaching is nothing short of excellent, the groups I was in were friendly and welcoming. I felt really supported to do my very own best each week, and motivated all the way through. There is a skill to getting the best out of people and how they learn as an individual, or in a group, and that is what I experienced each week.

Littlehampton Centre Closure

Following an amazing ten years, at the end of July our time in The Learning Shop, Littlehampton is coming to an end due to the termination of our lease. However, whilst we may be moving out of the Learning Shop, we are by no means moving on from Littlehampton and its communities.

In the immediate future, learners will still be able to access our Adult Education courses in community venues across West Sussex, within our dedicated training centres or from the comfort of their own home with many courses available through our Online Learning platform. We are committed to ensuring that Adult Education remains accessible to all across the community. We are constantly looking at new venues and opportunities across the region to ensure that we continue to deliver on that goal.

It has been a pleasure and privilege supporting thousands of local learners in their personal development. We thank all of our learners and the local community for allowing us to be a part of their lives and look forward to welcoming future students, either online or in person at one of our many venues.

Enhance your learning with a Distance Learning course

Clare has recently finished our Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Distance Learning course and has found that it has supported her role working with Primary school aged children, helped within her home life and has helped her consider taking on a new career.

I have really enjoyed this course. The content has been of great interest and of a suitable and sufficient depth to enhance my learning, and support my role working with primary children. I also have two children aged 10 and 13, and the course has at times, instigated reflection on my own parenting and challenges. I am considering a career in teaching (currently working as a teaching assistant) so this course has provided a good foundation of knowledge. Whilst my previous employment has always been focused on adult mental health, this course has helped me understand the mental health challenges for younger children.

I am a great believer in developing positivity, resilience, and mental wellbeing and this course has helped me cement my knowledge and understanding and provide real structure as to how this can be further accomplished.

Find out more and enrol on our FREE Level 2 Distance Learning courses today, with nine new courses now available, on our Distance Learning page.

International Women’s Day 2021

For International Women’s Day 2021 the theme is #ChoosetoChallenge. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. For this International Women’s Day we interviewed Robyn Kohler, CEO of Aspire Sussex to celebrate her lifetime of achievements.

“I have been asked to write something today about International Women’s Day, and to embrace the #choosetochallenge.

I am in fact quite proud and privileged to be asked to do something like this, as for all of my working life, success has always taken me by surprise. I put success down to doing what I believe in, really believing in what I’m doing, and having the courage of my convictions to carry something through.

The other essential ingredient is ensuring that I have a good team around me who respect and value each other’s similarities and differences, and take the opportunity to promote each other’s success as much as their own.

I’m fortunate to have attended an international girl’s school- in a school of 300 we had 200 different nationalities, and our ages ranged from 4 to 21. Difference has been celebrated throughout my life and I am lucky that this has been my norm. It therefore sits with everyone to ensure that we are working towards it being a norm for us all.

At my first job interview after university I was turned down- I was told I was too nice to do the job….

It brings out a level of determination in you, that’s for sure! I have always been determined that it is possible to succeed without losing integrity, and operating with kindness.

I went for another identical job-I was appointed – and by the time I left work to have my daughters I was 150% of my target…Apparently being nice is not a bad attribute to have and should never hold us back. I guess the trick is to take up the challenge, speak up when things don’t look right, and embrace change.

Now, some 35 years later, I am lucky to be working in an organisation where I can give something back to communities, and in a way, to colleagues too. We include this way of working in our behaviours and values.

In the week of International Women’s’ Day, take risks, believe in yourself and take the opportunity to celebrate your own and others’ success.

And remember, however quiet and unassuming you may be, you have every right to have an opinion.”

A Year In Aspire: Our 2020

2020 was a year that no one ever expected, full of many unique challenges. Despite the tough year, we were able to achieve so much as individuals and as a community.

To celebrate the successes of 2020 we’ve created this video “A Year In Aspire: Our 2020”. We hope you’ll join us in 2021 to create a success of your own.

Watch it below or visit our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NYuY1jBZaPU

Bid Writers Wanted

Bid Writer Expression of Interest

Scope of Work
We are looking to create a bank of bid/tender writing consultants that we can call upon to support our capacity in the period between late November 2020 – Spring 2021.

Tasks may include:
•Creating budgets, project plans and tender submissions.
•Completing grant applications.
•Completing Expression of Interest forms or setting up Aspire Sussex on Dynamic Purchasing Systems or tender portals in readiness of the tender process.

Essential/Core competencies for the consultancy assignment
•Over 5 years of experience in technical proposal/ bid writing and management
•Expertise in business development and modelling, particularly in the area of education
•Prior experience and expertise in writing proposals (especially with DWP, ESF and local authority commissioning)
•An excellent track record of securing large scale funding opportunities

Desirable
•Experience working on policy and/or practice related to education and employability
•Experience of working with network and/or partnership approaches to work.
•Experience of securing subcontracting work through DWP frameworks

Application Process:
You are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) for conducting this assignment to kate.scales@aspiresussex.org.uk with the subject line: Bid writer consultant EoI

The EoI should include:
•A cover letter outlining how your experience and competencies meet the requirements.
•A CV outlining relevant experience.
•Your expected daily rate.
•Your availability in the period outlined
•2 referees including current or most recent employer.

Closing date for applications: 23rd November 2020

COVID-19 Update – 3rd November 2020

Dear Students,

Following the recent Government announcement concerning a second national lockdown, we have looked at the rules relating to Adult Education.

The Government’s intention is for all schools, colleges and universities to remain open.  Having sought clarification on this, it is now clear that adult education learning settings are also included in this definition, i.e. they are also expected to remain open for at least the next month.

The following centres will therefore remain open as scheduled for face to face classes:

Chichester Adult Education Centre, Chichester High School Campus, Kingsham Road, Chichester, PO19 8AL

Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre, The Arena Skills Centre, The Regis School, Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, PO21 5LH

Littlehampton Adult Education Centre, The New Learning Shop, 88 High Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5DX

Crawley Adult Education Centre, Basepoint, Metcalf Way, Crawley, RH11 7XX

Burgess Hill Adult Education Centre, Marle Place, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8HZ

Horsham Adult Education Centre, Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF (Our Horsham venue is a Government run building and we are awaiting final confirmation on this but it remains open at present)

These centres will be open for scheduled classes but may, however, close at times when no classes are scheduled.

Community-based venues such as village halls and community centres will be kept open or closed on a case by case basis, if your course has to be paused due to the lockdown we will let you know. If you have any queries, please contact our Student Services team 0345 601 0161 or email enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk

This is a fluid situation which may be subject to change so we will keep you informed.

We have made our centres Covid-19 secure, which includes providing:

> Sanitiser supplies
> New instructional signage, changed entry and exit to buildings
> The closure of social areas and the management of routes around buildings
> Classrooms have reduced capacity to maintain social distancing for learners and staff
> Additional cleaning regimes
> The implementation of a track and trace system

Further details and information about accessing our buildings safely is available in our student guidance https://www.aspiresussex.org.uk/student-support/covid-19-student-guidance/

Help to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you are visiting a centre to attend a course, and you have the NHS Covid-19 App then please scan the QR code on display when you arrive to check-in. The App can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. You do not have to have the App to attend our in centre courses but you may wish to do so.

Please continue to refer to our website and social media pages to stay up to date, as the situation can change to reflect safety guidelines and Government advice.

Remember, if you are looking for something new, as well as face-to-face, we have an extensive range of online live, interactive classes taught by our experienced tutors.

Thank you for your support. We hope you continue to enjoy your courses.

Robyn Kohler
Chief Executive Officer

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2020

This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These past months have brought many challenges that have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

So this World Mental Health Day, do one thing for better Mental Health.

Below you’ll find a variety of resources as well as courses that you can take with Aspire that can help you improve your mental health.

ASPIRE COURSES
Yoga For All – Starts 2nd November 2020 – Midhurst Rother College
Positive Wellbeing – Starts 2nd November 2020 – Durrington High School
Fitness For Men: Improvers – Starts 4th November 2020 – Arun Leisure Centre
Art As A Therapy – Starts 6th November 2020 – Online Course
Yoga For All – Starts 6th November 2020 – Online Course
Speaking With Confidence – Starts 11th November 2020 – Chichester Adult Education Centre
Yoga For Beginners – Starts 12th November 2020 – Elsted Village Hall
Synergise: The Mind And Body Workout – Starts 13th November 2020 – Durrington High School
Food and Mood – Starts 17th November 2020 – Online Course
Mental Health: A Look At Stress And Anxiety – Starts 17th November 2020 – Crawley Adult Education Centre, Basepoint

HELPFUL RESOURCES
> A – Z Mental Health – Mental Health information from Mind
> Coronavirus And Mental Health: Supporting Somone During COVID-19 – An article from Time To Change
> Break The Stigma Poster – PDF Download