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EDU360 Vocational Academy - Right Where We Belong

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EDU360 Vocational Academy - Right Where We Belong

“My name is Sam* and I have a few learning challenges including maths and anxiety issues. Because of my learning challenges and especially because I didn’t fit into any type of box such as ADHD or Dyslexia, my early years of schooling were quite difficult. Even though I attended a remedial school, they were unable to provide a learning process which suited my needs and were very quick to advise my parents that I would never be able to read or write. Would my dreams of becoming a teacher come true?

At another remedial school, I enrolled for a vocational NQF Level 4 in Early Childhood Development (ECD) in my Grade 9 year. I struggled and they were unsure how to assist me in my learning.

In 2017, I joined EDU360 and immediately felt at home. Teachers respected my personal process of learning and at the end of 2018, I achieved a 96 percent average in my NQF Level 4 ECD course. I am currently studying my NQF Level 5 through Embury College distance learning with daily facilitation at EDU360. With support and a lot of hard work, I’m approaching the end of my first year with good marks.

I have also been able to get my learners license – just something else I was told I would never be able to do.

All the students at EDU360 are unique, learn differently and at different paces, but we accept and help each other. I don’t think it is ever too late to achieve a milestone. There are no boundaries to what one can achieve - provided there is a place which can assist them on their journey, in their own way and in their own time and space.”

An excerpt of an EDU360 Student’s Speech from a Graduation and Awards Evening earlier this year:

EDU360 is a specialist provider of education comprising an Integrated Specialist High School, Vocational Academy and Therapy Hub for students who learn differently.

EDU360 students are at the heart of who we are and what we do. They matter most.

Historically, our students come from mixed schooling experiences - some good, but all too often, heart-breaking. Many have withdrawn completely, while others have become disillusioned with their performance, resulting in sporadic school attendance. Almost always, these children feel marginalised, pushed aside or invisible.

Our approach aims to wrap these children in a full 360-degree “blanket” of support. By design, we are experienced and staffed to create individual scaffolding needed for each child to realise their own potential in their own time and space.

We recognise that the sum of the emotional, social, academic and attitudinal parts of learning are more important than the whole. We have witnessed the magic of self-esteem as it takes hold.

EDU360 Specialist School
We create learning opportunities outside the limits of mainstream high school curriculum and foster confidence beyond the duress of traditional education expectation.

EDU360 Vocational Academy

Our Vocational Academy provides opportunities for those not academically oriented. Our Academy students are equipped with SETA-accredited courses and qualifications to enter the world of work and become independent, valued members of society. We work tirelessly to ensure every student is provided with the tools and resources needed to achieve. We aim to impart learning for life.

We provide full time specialist vocational programmes to replace Grade 10 – 12 and serve as an alternative curriculum for students with barriers to learning and SEN requirements. Integrated Academy Programmes currently on offer include Early Childhood Development and IT Technical Support. More options will be on offer soon.

The Early Childhood Development Programme

The Early Childhood De velopment Programme provides a qualifying learner at this level with an entry-level Qualification to enter the field of Education, Training and Development, specifically within the sub-field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). This qualification provides a basis for further professional development.

The IT Technical Support Programme

The IT Technical Support Programme provides a qualifying learner at this level with an entry-level Systems Support qualification with a good fundamental knowledge of the Information Technology field, coupled with interpersonal and business skills, allowing for specialisation in: Hardware and Infrastructure Support for Personal Computers.

We are an independent, registered remedial education organisation in Southern Africa, offering world-class programmes to students with barriers to learning and SEN. We specialise in complex presentations of ASD, ADD, unique conditions that make learning challenging, and unusual combinations of diagnosis.

*Student name changed, produced with permission.

Applications Now Open for 2020

Should you wish to further this discussion:
Reach out to us to discover more, 011 234 1212.

Justin Barry

Justin Barry is the Managing Director of EDU360, a registered specialist education provider in Gauteng, South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Justin is driven by a life-long commitment to the SEN (Special Education Needs) community. He initiates and delivers SEN projects, with humanitarian and education goals, to benefit as many families and educators as possible, in the mainstream and LSEN education communities.

Experienced in a range of education settings - infant, junior primary, primary, preparatory, junior high, secondary, high, college and pupil referral units; Justin is passionate and committed to safeguarding academic fundamentals and scholarly activities.

As a resourceful teaching QTS (UK) specialist with international SEND (Special Education Needs & Disability - EU/UK/SA) experience, Justin professionally transitions the mainstream classroom and specialist educational environments to create an inclusive, technology-rich learning experience. He is familiar with EU, CAPS (SA) and NS (UK) curriculum contexts to lead effective personalised learning to all students, accommodating students with SEN and SEND, and ensuring school community cohesion.

Justin is dedicated to providing specific learning support to students, parents and educational practitioners interested in managing learning difference. Better.



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