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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Portsmouth English Language School | 16-and-17-year-olds on adult courses


In the UK anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child. As such, we have an extra duty of care towards this group of students to ensure that their welfare needs are properly met and that they have a safe and secure time with us.
 
In addition to the young learner programme for students aged 9-17, we provide extra special support and provision for students aged 16 or 17 who are studying on adult courses, both in the summer and all year round. In particular:
 

  • We have a signing in/out sheet for 16 and 17- year-olds in reception so that we know where our students are at all times.
  • We have a special meeting for students aged 16 and 17 once every two weeks with our welfare officer to ask if they are having any problems, or to ask if they need any help or advice about anything.
  • We hold specific inductions for 16 and 17- year-olds. This will cover all the same topics as the usual induction but more time is spent on talking about what to do and what not to do, staying safe in England, how to find help if it is required and so on.
  • We make all staff aware of which students are under 18 in class and on activities undertaken outside the school.

 
Finally, all of our reception staff know who under 18 is and so they will all keep a special look out for the welfare of these students.
Students between 16 and 17 years of age who are booked on one of our adult courses must have a letter signed by their parents stating that the student has their parents' permission to travel to the UK to study at Portsmouth English Language School and that the parent agrees to their son or daughter studying in classes with students over the age of 18.

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Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

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Zohra, 17 y.o. from Tunisia

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