Laptops Lead to Lockdown Success For PEP Students

Posted on the 28th July 2020

The Personalised Education Programme (PEP) has been working non-stop throughout lockdown. The team has found lots of creative ways to continue to educate, have fun and stay connected with students. Learners have now come out the other side with fantastic results. Three of the PEP students are even progressing to Pure Supported Internships!

What Is PEP?

The course is delivered on a one-to-one basis and is tailored around the individual learner’s needs, aspirations and desired outcomes. It enables students to develop their independence and employability skills.

tutors on the personalised education programme pep manchester during lockdown

Tutors sent a video message to PEP students for inspiration.

Adapting to Change

The recent pandemic has brought unprecedented change to the way we all work. The programme has adapted brilliantly to this.

Technology has of course played a key role in these times of social distancing. With our partners at Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) we ensured everyone who needed a laptop had one so they could stay connected. The team has ensured all learners have been well supported both emotionally and academically.

The team has found so much success in virtual learning, they are planning on integrating it into the course next year.

Progressing to Success

As we mentioned, three students are now progressing onto the Supported Internship programme. They will be learning employability skills and potentially progress to paid work. Here is what Brad, Gemma and Mike had to say about their time on the Personalised Education Programme.

I dont want to leave PEPS. The staff have been so good. I have a lot to say thank you for. I never thought my tutor would turn up with a laptop and show me how to use Google. I am using it for everything now.

It was hard to complete my project unit that we started as a group. We started making it on paper then moved to the computer. I have learnt how to use stuff that I didn't know before.

Hopefully, I can use these new skills when I start my internship!

SEND learner on Pure Innovations Personalised education programme visits police dog training

Brad on a visit to a police academy in 2019.

I was shocked when we got given a laptop and my tutor said - lessons as normal! I can't believe I have completed all my work in lockdown! It was hard, but I am glad it's all done. I'm looking forward to starting my internship now that I have finished PEPS.

gemma from personalised education programme at work experience coffee bar 2nin2 middleton

Gemma on her work placement before lockdown.

Before lockdown, I was cooking and working on communication. I also had a work placement. I have still done this, but in a different way. I have used WhatsApp and Google to talk. We also used the laptops to show tutor I was still cooking. I am looking forward to starting my internship at the Hospital.

tutors visit students on personalised education programme pep during lockdown

Tutors visit Mike to congratulate him on his success.

Creative Talent.

The team’s ongoing #StayAtHomeChallenges are also a lot of fun. Look at these fab pictures created by students in the PEP Virtual Art Club. So much talent!


PEP tutors have recently visited students, at a safe distance, to congratulate them for their hard work. We would also like to say a huge well done to all the learners for their commitment to the course this year. We look forward to seeing what you all achieve next!

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