Queen Mary's College awarded £496,000 to help students with learning difficulties (From Andover Advertiser)
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Queen Mary's College awarded £496,000 to help students with learning difficulties
A BASINGSTOKE college has been given funds of nearly half a million pounds from the county council.
Queen Mary’s College, in Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, was one of three further education establishments in Hampshire to receive a share of £1.36million. The money, awarded by the Education Funding Agency, will enable support facilities to be extended for younger people aged 16 to 24 with special educational needs, learning difficulties or a disability.
QMC received £496,000, which will be used to expand the options for young people with high needs to participate in further education and vocational training.
It will also be used to create additional opportunities for students to participate in activities outside of their formal programme of study by creating a social club, for example.
Ali Foss, principal at QMC, said: “We are very excited about this opportunity that will help to remove some of the barriers to learning faced by students with learning difficulties and disabilities. This funding will enable us to provide well-equipped specialist accommodation that will enable young people on the autistic spectrum to progress to adulthood and independence in a safe environment of academic excellence.”
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for education, added: “This is good news for the colleges and those students who will benefit. All young people are now required to stay in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 17 and, as the local authority we have a responsibility for ensuring there is sufficient provision for students moving into post-16 education. I am pleased therefore, that we have been able to play an instrumental role in securing this funding for the colleges through our successful bid.
“We are working hard to develop opportunities for young people to improve their prospects as they move towards entering a very competitive job market. To this end, we are committed to supporting young people to enable them to reach their potential.
Brokenhurst College received £210,000 and Eastleigh College received £654,000.
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