“Learning isn’t something that I dread anymore, the staff have given me so much more confidence in my work and they also listen to my worries which has really improved my mental health” – COH, NEP Student

“They take a different approach to the schools. They took time to understand my child and what works with them and now he’s able to apply for college. 2 years ago I never thought he would get to the stage he is at now, thank you!” – NEP Parent

“The staff have worked to support my family too. Now I’m actually learning and my home life is so much better too.” – MB, NEP Student

What is NEP?

NEP is an alternative education programme held at our North Liverpool Award Centre on City Road, Walton. NEP is for young people who have been excluded, are at risk of exclusion or have been missing for a prolonged period of time mainstream education. Our aim is to support the young people to create a better future for themselves. We focus on developing interpersonal skills and great emphasis is placed upon their social and emotional development. Young people on this programme may have a variety of barriers that prevent them from learning. Our aim is to identify these barriers and their causes, and put specific support in place to enable the young people to flourish.

Young people are referred directly into our provision from Liverpool City Council’s Alternative Provision Team or directly from schools. Young people can enroll on a permanent or part time basis. 

What happens at NEP?

No two days at NEP are the same. Our timetable is constructed based upon the needs and interests of the young people we work with and the content is therefore flexible. All students complete initial assessments using our online learning platform once they enroll onto NEP. This enables the staff to identify their attainment levels and provide work specific to their educational needs.

Although the content of the timetable is flexible, all full time students must complete Functional Skills English and Maths and Skills For Further Learning: Developing Interpersonal Skills. Additional topics are taught based upon the interests and needs of the group.

NEP students also benefit from local trips where they can take part in team building exercises, physical activity and Duke of Edinburgh skills. All students are entered onto the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which greatly enhances their employability with a nationally recognised award. To find out more about the benefits to taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme click HERE.

Can I got to college after NEP?

Yes! Throughout year 11, we support students to complete college applications. Students can gain up to a Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths, (equivalent to GCSE grade 4/C), credits in Skills For Further Learning and a Duke Of Edinburgh Award.

These qualifications mean that students are able to begin college courses in the September following completion of NEP.
In recent years students have gone on to:
– Liverpool Community College
– Hugh Baird College
– Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
– Monte Bello Hairdressing College
– The Academy Salon