Earlier this year Libby Holman, Delia Towler and Hans Svennevig joined forces to arrange a collaborative project between the Springfield department, which caters for Entry Level students with disabilities and learning difficulties, and AS Citizenship students.
The objectives of the collaboration were:
• Providing AS Citizenship students with a project that actively engages them within in their college community, creating a resource that will help other students
• Providing Springfield pre-entry level learners with new tools to help in their learning, while introducing new students to them
• Promoting Equality and Diversity across two college departments
AS Citizenship students were given a detailed tour around the Springfield department. They were introduced to learners and able to ask questions about how Springfield works and what sort of learners it provides for. This was an eye opening experience for the Citizenship students and they received in depth insight into the level of work that Springfield do for the community of entry level learners.
After the tour, the Citizenship group were split into two smaller groups with the aim of creating an interactive story that Springfield learners could complete as part of their course. The exercise was designed to help Citizenship students engage with Springfield learners, promoting team work and producing a positive resource.
A few months later, the projects were completed and submitted to Springfield Coordinators Delia Towler and Libby Holman. The projects have since been tried and tested with the Springfield learners and given a positive response.
Both Libby and Delia commented: “The projects were a good starting point that could provide a resource for work on many topics including recognising moods, feelings and empathy for others.
“Thank you to the AS Citizenship students foe their hard work there are definitely some materials that I can use and adapt for different learners.”