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Reignite Your Passion…

… For Dance And Fitness And Do Your Bit Whilst You’re At It

Blog Abbie GriffithsAbbie Griffiths joined our workshop and surprised us with a blog on her website Cotton-Wool.co.uk.

It’s been two months since the launch of IgniterHive, but now there are plenty of classes available. It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes and bring out the jazz hands.

Classes are for mixed abilities, ages and gender, in a nutshell aimed at anyone who likes to shake a tail feather. IgniterHive launched in January offering two free taster sessions for anyone to attend, one was at Pineapple Studios, the other at The Factory Fitness. Tasters were just over two hours long, each group having 4 x 30min classes to try. And what fun they were! There was a great atmosphere with lots of guffawing as we wobbled about and flung ourselves around the room like overexcited teenagers.

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School Drop-Outs Can Stand Out

I recently met Nadia* a young person on a volunteering/work placement who had such an inspiring story to tell, I was left wondering how many young people out there are in similar situations but not as lucky to have found the push they need to move forward.

Sitting at her desk in an immaculate black suit with a funky diary bursting with notes and memos, with a beaming smile on her face, Nadia told me how passionate she felt about the opportunity she was given to start thinking about her career. She was obviously excited that someone could see the potential in her and her abilities. This picture was is stark contrast with what she was about to tell me about her not too distant past.

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The Letters’ Foxtrot

The Letters' Foxtrot

Sitting GCSEs early and getting young people to re-sit until they obtain a C grade, may be suitable for some but it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.  The essential question is what are their needs and are they ready for it?

The key factor here is how are young people put forward for the exams? How are they assessed to ensure they are ready? What provision has been made to support them through the process? Is this going to affect their confidence levels if they fail? And what provision is being made for young people with language or learning difficulties and those for whom English is not their native language?

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One Size Fits All

One Size Fit All

The chancellor had the opportunity last week to make a real difference to youth unemployment and kick start measures to help young people into jobs. Considering how current initiatives have failed to provide employment and more importantly improve employability for the under 24, a recognition of this fact and a bold, new course of action would have been very welcome. Yet there was no real action on tackling the current job crisis or addressing employability skills.

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Budget Cuts and Young People

Young People today are facing a myriad of crises. There is no longer a guarantee of support for the most basic of human rights, and many are seeing their chances of a further education slip out of grasp. This week we’re exploring the impact Government Cuts, and how Young People in particular are suffering.

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