This week, TLC: Talk, Listen, Change were welcomed to an insightful meeting with The Right Angle Alternative provision tutors at The Tutor Trust Manchester office.
Emma Jones-Holding (TLC- Head of Counselling) and Brian Holmes (TLC- Children and Young People's Counsellor) led an interesting discussion about the counselling young people receive as part of The Right Angle Project. They were joined by some of The Tutor Trust's Alternative Provision tutors, Ryan Nolan, Kate Robinson, Francis Emmott, Cailum Finnegan, and Judi McGrath, along with co-founder of The Tutor Trust, Abigail Shapiro, and quality manager (Alternative Provision), Joanne Meredith.
The Right Angle has been operational since September 2018 and is a DfE Alternative Provision Innovation Fund project which provides tuition and counselling to Looked After Children and young people in alternative provision aged 11-16 in local authorities across Greater Manchester.
The meeting provided an opportunity for Alternative Provision tutors from The Tutor Trust to understand the counselling that is provided by TLC: Talk, Listen, Change within The Right Angle Project. From explaining what counselling is in general, to specific counselling methods including those used in The Right Angle Project, discussion covered numerous topics and gave opportunity for the tutors to ask any questions they had themselves. This meeting also allowed for the tutors to gain a holistic view of how the two elements of the project (Tutoring and Counselling) work together to rectify the causes and symptoms of underachievement of young people in alternative provision.
One of the Alternative Provisional tutors, Ryan Nolan, praised the session and said
“Meeting with Emma and Brian was a great opportunity to understand The Right Angle Project as a whole. It gave me a really clear understanding of the work that TLC: Talk, Listen, Change do for the project.”
As a result of the meeting, the Alternative Provison tutors found that both their confidence and preparedness for their roles within The Right Angle Project were increased.
The Tutor Trust’s co-founder Abigail Shapiro was also delighted with the event.
“We are delighted to partner with TLC: Talk, Listen, Change in The Right Angle Project. Not only is it exciting working with them on this innovative project, but their commitment to the partnership working was reinforced by this session, for which we are very grateful.”
A huge TLC thank you to both Emma and Brian for giving their time for this session, which was a great success. The Tutor Trust tutors also went on to praise their insightful knowledge and compliment them on how engaging and interesting they made the morning.