To access the Home Education Hub programmes a young person must be the equivalent age of students going into Year 10 or Year 11.
This provision at City and Islington College may not always be suitable for young people with significant behavioural issues and those who are disengaged from education. Those who have been permanently excluded from school, or were at risk of this happening prior to de-registration from school, may be referred to alternative provision.
Each application is fully explored to ensure that every individual is on a programme which offers the best and most appropriate support to meet their needs.
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Our approach is to encourage independence and a more mature approach to studying. Like all institutions, we have rules and a code of conduct. At the same time, there is an expectation that students will find their individuality and transition from home education to being ready to enter post-16 education by the end of their course.
Can you confirm this is for home-school students and not for school referrals?
This provision at City and Islington College is for electively home-educated students, not school referrals. Official proof of Home Educated status will be required prior to acceptance onto the programme.
It is not suitable for students with significant behavioural issues and those who are disengaged from formal education. Those who have been permanently excluded from school, or were at risk of this happening prior to de-registration from school, will referred to alternative provisions within the wider College Group.
Is the academic year the same as the school system?
It is similar, but the college year usually ends three weeks earlier than schools.
Are students required to wear a uniform?
No, we do not have any uniform requirements.
How many students in a class?
Our capacity is up to 18 per class.
Can you offer the course online?
We include virtual learning in our courses, however, the course is not a distance learning course and full attendance will be required once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Do you require references?
We don’t require references, however, we need notification from the Local Authority of Home Education status.
Do you liaise with the student’s Local Authority?
We work closely with Local Authorities to ensure that we capture all relevant information relating to student matters.
No. The Home Education Hub course is a complete programme, where students must attend all lessons in the four GCSE subjects – English, Maths, History and Combined Double Science and a tutorial to complete the programme
What exam board/s will you be using?
We currently use AQA for GCSE English Language and Combined Science, Pearson Edexcel for GCSE Maths and OCR for GCSE History.
What is English, is it just language?
Yes, the GCSE is the English Language
Why has History been selected as a GCSE they must take?
The Home Education Hub programme aims to provide students with a curriculum that will enable them to progress in their chosen directions, which will be diverse. We have aimed to provide as much breadth as possible within the limit of how many subjects we can offer while covering the most necessary requirements for future study.
Can they select Art instead?
As this is a programme for home-educated students, we can only offer a small number of GCSE subjects. At the end of this programme, students will be expected to leave with 5 GCSEs which are sufficient prior qualifications for A-levels and other Level 3 qualifications in most colleges.
No. Home Education is a two-year programme and all students start at year 10.
No. This programme is for young people aged 14 or 15 (the age equivalent to school year 10 or 11). The wider college has many alternatives for those aged 16 and over.
What are the ages of the children in the college?
The Angel Centre is comprised of the Sixth Form Centre and the Centre for Applied Sciences, with learners primarily aged 16-18 and some adult learners. The Home Education Hub students have access to shared facilities across the centre, but their time on-site is primarily in class with the exception of an hour-long lunch break and some 15-30 minute breaks between some of their lessons.
Our Inclusive Learning team will assess all students who may have additional learning needs and provide a support plan, including access arrangements for exams.
Will we have access to SEN?
We have an onsite ALS team who help students with learning difficulties. The inclusive learning team works with students and conducts pre-learning assessments for each student.