Students who fall short in their GCSE results this month are being encouraged to sign up for a programme that will help them get back on track towards further education and employment.
Positive Directions, based in Wembley Point, Harrow Road, Wembley , is aimed at teenagers aged 16 to 18 who are not in employment, education or training, and works to make sure they do not get left behind by helping them achieve qualifications and go onto an apprenticeship, job placement or further education.
Brent teenager Dee Dee Perrier, who has attended Positive Directions, said: “I had been sitting around at home ‘doing nothing’ because I hadn’t been able to get into Sixth Form College without a pass in GCSE Maths.
“My initial fears of ‘having no friends’ on the course soon disappeared and I now have a great family of friends and we share everything together.
“I’ve been focusing on my Maths at Positive Directions and I hope to start Paddington Sixth Form Academy this September to do Media Studies.”
Those involved in the programme were joined for their graduation last month at Wembley Stadium by the Mayor of Brent , Councillor Kana Naheerathan, who supports the programme in partnership with Brent Connexions, based in the Roundwood Youth Centre, Longstone Avenue, Harlesden.