As an SEN specialist maths teacher I was used to meeting young people with fear, anxiety and the acceptance of “I’ll never be able to do it.” I came to realise that the major obstacle in their learning and development was not their ability, but MY ability to teach them in a way that was relevant, purposeful and accessible for them. Thanks to the hundreds of students who have taught me over the years, the Sand Project has not only been created to ensure our young people are taught the life and work skills they need to obtain the independence they are so capable of, it is about ensuring mainstream society is also educated and well prepared to support them.
Kate is Head of Curriculum and Enterprise Development and will be leading the creative media pathways, such as writing, illustration, filmmaking and graphic design.
Food Technology Curriculum and Development Lead, Marita, is a Design and Technology teacher with experience in setting up and running businesses. She joined The Sand Project and supported the development of the Visable training programme. Marita will be supporting trainees in all areas of the food and drink industry, from living skills to commercial preparation and product development.
Junior Content Producer
Libby was one of our first trainees before the provision was launched. We are delighted to say she is now an employee of The Sand Project! Libby is responsible for all in-house design work and will be doing an Apprenticeship from September 2019, training whilst she earns. Libby will be the first SEND apprentice EVER in West Sussex. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with Libby during their busines start up and hopefully be inspired by her journey – not to mention her fantastic talent as a content producer.
George was introduced to us by his Work Aid advisor. He also turned out to be Libby’s best mate! He passed his audition (make a one minute film about the The Sand Project) with flying colours and we offered him the job of filmmaker, making sure all of our young people are regularly promoted through positive storytelling. George is also responsible for ensuring every trainee has their own E-MAP.
Corporate Relationship Lead
Beki, has extensive experience as the once Enterprise Coordinator in West Sussex. With her background in recruitment, training and enterprise education she will be ensuring trainees have access to the best matched businesses to support their growing enterprises. Beki also promotes the business benefits of employing our SEND young people and will be identifying the SEND Employer Ambassors in our work community.
Beki now consults independently as The Workforce Facilitator
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