Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the Chelsea Physic Garden. It’s a historic garden with a focus on plants with medicinal purposes. I visited it with the Protégé group, myself and the group discussed the garden for a while over coffee and then Sabita asked me to wander around it with the aim of finding a plant with an effect I thought was useful and related to Protege’s recent Kew Gardens project.
In the last ten years, Protégé has grown from a brave new concept to a versatile methodology for self-directed learning. Through innovative lateral development we have enriched our offer by delivering our services from an enterprising art gallery – this has enabled us to create a professional workspace for skills development and become an income-generating learning and training provider.
These small groups from specialist schools are often daunted by the prospect of life after school. Therefore it was important for both the school and for us, Protégé, to find ways to approach this difficult transition period through approachable and engaging work and sessions.
44 Participants have secured Arts Award accreditation – for most of the cohort this is their first, and only formal qualification and has been key to raising their aspirations.