Student Voice

On Monday July 7 2014 past and present students and parents from the College attended a conference on student voice in London. They put on a workshop to show how the College works. A fascinating discussion occurred with school pupils attending making odd claims about what is possible. For instance some said that it would not be possible for our students to get GCSEs by virtue of our approach. They said this having been told by the ex-student chairing the meeting that he had gained 8 A* grades at GCSE through the College the year before. There is a fuller […]

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Our people – changes

Alison McDonagh has been an important tutor with us for a number of years and she is retiring at the end of this term. Her fantastic expertise and tutoring skills in art and in music will be greatly missed. She has been a significant contributor to the excellence of the College’s creative work and many students over the years have benefited from her caring support. This means that we are recruiting – and it will mean two new tutorial opportunities in music (particularly tuition in singing and in piano) and in art. We are also going to appoint someone to […]

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Student visits

Outside visits are important for our students. As an example groups have recently undertaken workshops at local art galleries such as Fabrica and the Onca Gallery. In April, David Allison helped to organise a visit to Fuse Box, an amazing facility for Digital Industries in the City.  See http://www.fusebox24.co.uk for info.  Gillian Trott took students to meet Jesse Black Mooney, Manager of the exciting Brighton Digital Festival which takes place in Autumn http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk.  Some of the students are interested in exploring working in the digital industry and this trip gave them a great opportunity to learn more about it and […]

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University of Sussex collaboration

As part of our collaboration with the Informatics Department at the University of Sussex we have had groups of students from their Masters degree working with our students. They have entered into the spirit of SML by identifying what our students are interested in and then helping them with material on programming that fits with these interests.

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Arts Award

We continue to use this excellent qualification that has been developed by the Arts Council. The advantage to us is that it allows students to create their own personalised portfolios of real learning and at the same time gain GCSE level qualifications. While older students generally do take their own selections of GCSEs such exams are often limited in not showing the full extent of student learning. The Arts Award allows a much richer picture of achievement to show through. Another advantage over GCSEs is that we have three qualified assessors in our tutor team so that we can do […]

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Radio 5 Live

Ian Cunningham was asked to contribute to a phone-in programme on Radio 5 Live. As a result of his comments about education and about our College the radio station received many positive emails and phone calls. This resulted in them deciding to broadcast a proper slot on the College. A reporter came and interviewed students and tutors. The piece she did is available from us as a podcast. The final version of the piece, coupled with an interview with Ian, went out on the Nicky Campbell show in February. Please contact Ian directly if you’d like to hear it: ian@csml.org.uk

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Brighton Youth Centre

We don’t just rent the extensive facilities at Brighton Youth Centre (BYC): we also feel part of the range of offerings in the Youth Centre. In this respect Ian Cunningham made a presentation at an event on March 4 that featured the various organisations associated with the building. Our work fits well with the youth work and other activities in BYC.

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