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Right time, right place for National Star learners

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National Star has won a national award for its holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to meeting the needs of young people with complex disabilities.

Natspec, the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training, launched its ownawards this year to recognise and celebrate excellence in the specialist FE sector.

We were delighted to win the Natspec Award for Inter–disciplinary Working. Our ‘Right Time, Right Place’ project, which was introduced in 2017, brought together the key roles and responsibilities of tutors and personal learning coordinators to create a brand new role – the personalised learning coordinator tutor (PLCT).

The role was designed to meet the needs of National Star’s increasingly complex cohort of learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, who require a consistent approach to learning and a holistic programme that isn’t divided by classroom, residence or community.

The PLCTs worked closely with residential and therapy teams, which enabled them to not only deliver effective learning, but also improve the communication, long-term plans and transition for the students they were working with. The emotional wellbeing of learners improved, and those with highly complex disabilities were able to take part in the full range of college experiences, including a ski experience in Andorra.

Judges said: ‘The project has made great progress for learners, staff, related therapy professionals, parents and community links.’

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To find out more about National Star’s learning programmes email, call 01242 534928 or visit

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