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Friday, January 19, 2018
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Portsmouth English Language School | 16-and-17-year-olds on adult courses


In the UK anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child. As such, we have an extra duty of care towards this group of students to ensure that their welfare needs are properly met and that they have a safe and secure time with us.
 
In addition to the young learner programme for students aged 9-17, we provide extra special support and provision for students aged 16 or 17 who are studying on adult courses, both in the summer and all year round. In particular:
 

  • We have a signing in/out sheet for 16 and 17- year-olds in reception so that we know where our students are at all times.
  • We have a special meeting for students aged 16 and 17 once every two weeks with our welfare officer to ask if they are having any problems, or to ask if they need any help or advice about anything.
  • We hold specific inductions for 16 and 17- year-olds. This will cover all the same topics as the usual induction but more time is spent on talking about what to do and what not to do, staying safe in England, how to find help if it is required and so on.
  • We make all staff aware of which students are under 18 in class and on activities undertaken outside the school.

 
Finally, all of our reception staff know who under 18 is and so they will all keep a special look out for the welfare of these students.
Students between 16 and 17 years of age who are booked on one of our adult courses must have a letter signed by their parents stating that the student has their parents' permission to travel to the UK to study at Portsmouth English Language School and that the parent agrees to their son or daughter studying in classes with students over the age of 18.

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 “I came to PELS to improve my English and I can now talk in English more easily. Asa is the best teacher. I like my host family. The City of Portsmouth is very nice and I want to come back.” Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece, A2

Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece

“I came to PELS to improve my English. Here I met students from different countries. Now I can speak English easily thanks to the Speaking Session during the lessons. The host family is kind and they are always ready to help me. I really enjoyed in Portsmouth.”  Meyrem, 26 y.o from tunisia

Meryem, 26 y.o. from Tunisia

“I came to PELS because I needed to improve my English in order to get a high score in the IELTS exam. I met lovely people from different countries who helped me to practise my speaking skills. I found the lessons very useful for the IELTS exam preparation. I learnt a lot about the exam structures and strategies to improve...

Cristina, 34 y.o. from Spain

“Portsmouth is a very beautiful city. I came here with a group of Tunisian students and we stayed in a residential accommodation where I met lots of students from many countries. I talked a lot in English both in class and with my new friends. I loved the Saturday excursion to London.” Zohra, 17 y.o from Tunisia, B1

Zohra, 17 y.o. from Tunisia

“I came to PELS to learn English grammar and culture. I met a lot of people from different countries and made new friends whom I will miss when I come back home to Saudi Arabia. I will come back to PELS next year.” Mana, 18 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family...

Mana, 18 y.o.from Saudi Arabia

“I loved the school, the teachers and the administration staff members. I got a lot of support from the staff. They are supportive and helpful. I talked to them if I had a problem and they always had solutions. We also had some fun activities which helped to meet the other students from the other classes. I wish I could...

Bayan, 20 y.o. from Oman

“I first studied at PELS 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. My English has improved. The teachers were very supportive and now I can now speak in front of people. My host family was very- very- great.” Turki, 19 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the...

Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“I came to PELS to improve my English but also to prepare for the IELTS examination. I am really happy because I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and about the British culture.  The host family was brilliant and I had lots of discussions with them. I liked Portsmouth even if the city is small. I made great friends from...

Islem, 19 y.o. from Algeria

“I came to PELS because I like the UK.  I’m bad at English but day by day, I feel improvements. People at PELS are sociable and the teachers are excellent. My life with my host family is good. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are beautiful and fun.” Khaled, 19 y.o from Tunisia, A1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by...

Khaled, 19 y.o. from Tunisia

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS to study English. People are polite and the lessons are good. Everything is nice and good. I wish to come back next year.” Shatha, 16 y.o from Saudi Arabia,   

Shatha, 16 y.o. from Saudi Arabia