Students and staff from our Foundation Learning Team have been busy working on a number of projects during lock down. Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to:
Supporting the NHS and key workers
Students have been putting their crochet and knitting skills to the test to produce ear savers for doctors and nurses at the George Eliot Hospital. The ear savers help to provide more comfort to those wearing PPE masks during their shift.
Ian Lee, Foundation Learning Lecturer at the College said: “The students have enjoyed doing this so much they have carried on with the project after the college day, continuing when they got home as they felt it was a way to relax. Further to this they have passed this on to family members and it is helping through the day aiding with mental health and making people feel that they are supporting with the effort the country is taking on. In fact a NHS worker said, ‘It is the little things that people don’t think about that actually make a big difference’.”
The students have also supported the Thursday clap for The NHS, carers and keyworkers by decorating windows at the college with rainbows.
Learning new skills
The students have been getting creative in the kitchen, to produce a range of food using a minimal amount of ingredients. This has helped to develop their independent living skills and learn how to be thrifty at home.
The students have also enjoyed a daily work out – at a safe distance of course – and are planning to use their media skills to gain footage of the college during lockdown. We look forward to seeing their work!
Our Nuneaton Campus is open to the children of keyworkers and to vulnerable students including those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This provision extends to pupils who normally attend the Midland Academies Trust (MAT) schools which are sponsored by NWSLC. Staff from the individual schools have joined college staff to provide ongoing study and support in a safe and well-managed environment.
Students who continue to attend college have become part of the NWSLC engagement project where they are being enabled to progress with their studies.