Burlington House is a specialist Sixth Form for young people with SpLDs (Specific Learning Difficulties). In June 2023, we worked in partnership with Burlington House to send 10 learners with autism to undertake work experience in Marseille, funded by the Turing Scheme.
Steve Proctor, Head of Sixth form at Burlington House, shared his reflections on the trip.
This opportunity has simply blown me away. I never thought this project would be possible in my career.My vision is to try and breakdown the national disgrace of 5% employment for those that had an EHCP in childhood. The trip has re-energised me on this challenge.
Not much surprises me after 17 years in SEN Education, but I would never have expected to be in Marseille witnessing students working there and growing in confidence, stepping into adulthood, increasing self esteem and employability skills.
Sarra is a very special talent that has built such a strong cool community of people that have given us the most amazing insight into the culture and experience.Mohammed the chef is one of the most humble, organised, generous men I’ve met. I had visions of McDonald’s runs every day due to students turning their noses up at unfamiliar food, but they loved it. Their best meals were prepared by Mohammed.
In a world where we hear of all the opportunities closing to young people Volunteer, International and the Turing scheme have opened a door to a world that I didn’t know existed.
In a world where we hear of all the opportunities closing to young people Volunteer International and the Turing scheme have opened a door to a world that I didn’t know existed.