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Kingston Adult Education offering free GCSE courses in English and maths

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Kingston Adult Education is offering free GCSE courses in English and maths to people over the age of 19 at the Open Learning Centre in Kingston town centre.

Anyone who may be interested in a course at Kingston Adult Education, including maths and English GCSEs, is invited to come along for an informal discussion.

Courses are open to those without a grade A* to C in either English or Maths and start in mid-September.

Applicants will need to have lived in an EU country for the past three years to enrol.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Kingston Council, said: 
“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to revisit and gain those important GCSEs in English and maths. Completing either a year long course, or the intensive three-month course, can have the potential to unlock new job opportunities and career paths – I recommend that as many people as possible find out more and discuss your options with our team at the Open Learning Centre. It could be life changing.”

To find out more, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/adulteducation. To book a meeting with an adviser at Kingston Adult Education, call the Open Learning Centre on 020 8547 6436.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

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Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and young people and their impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of children and young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, ‘inspiration’,‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition’.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and are a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

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