A Norwood programme helping students with special educational needs to develop key employment skills has been praised by exam board Edexcel.
Binoh, the charity's specialist education and therapy service, offers the Edexcel BTEC Workskills qualification. Following a successful pilot programme last year, seven sixth-formers from Jewish schools and one recent graduate are now benefiting from the scheme.
In a quality assessment, Edexcel found "excellent" planning and staff involvement. "The ambiance [at Binoh] is conducive to a focused, happy worksing environment and indeed this was seen in action."
Binoh head Gerald Lebrett said the Edexcel review was a tribute to staff, "who have established a scheme that is already making an incredible difference to the lives of young people with learning difficulties.
"It also shows how partnerships between schools and organisations like Norwood can lead to increased opportunities for young people and help them plan for a better future," he added.