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SERC's international team Janice Cooke, Andrew Megarry and Claire Henderson get ready to welcome students to the English Language Summer School

INTERNATIONAL students are being invited to visit the north to learn English from native speakers.

South Eastern Regional College's (SERC) English Language Summer School will be held in August.

Claire Henderson, SERC's Head of Quality Excellence and Development said the college had more than 10 years' experience delivering English language programmes.

"Our team of expert teachers has taught English around the world," she said.

"Our summer school programme combines English language with technical programmes as well as cultural and social activities in Northern Ireland, so it is set to give students that all important boost for their language skills development along with a real flavour of the culture of the country.

"Just as students from across the world head to France and Spain to learn native languages and soak up the culture, we are confident students visiting Northern Ireland will have a truly memorable and rewarding experience on the SERC summer school programme."

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BELFAST Met has won two awards at the NI Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony hosted by the Department for the Economy.

Will Bradley who is employed by BT and training with Belfast Met was joint winner of the Higher Level Apprentice Award, and the Large Employer Innovation Award was won by Citi in partnership with Belfast Met.

Director of Curriculum at Belfast Met, Dr Jonathan Heggarty said: "Belfast Met is very proud to have received this recognition for its role in training and developing skills in partnership with Citi, and is testament to the quality training that apprentices receive."

Leigh Meyer, Managing Director, Citi Belfast Site Head said: "Our apprenticeship programme, in collaboration with Belfast Met, has provided a new and diverse pipeline of talent that enables Citi to be competitive and sustainable. At Citi we are proud to be an employer-of-choice in Belfast and be regarded as a company where all can thrive."

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THE DUP is preparing a new policy paper on the theme of Special Educational Needs.

Education committee member Robin Newton has encouraged people to participate in a pre-consultation exercise.

He said the party wished to see a long-term approach to special educational needs that could ensure all parents had access to the right education for their child.

It also wants early intervention and diagnosis to ensure children have support to reach their full potential.

"We are beginning a consultation on the approaches the DUP should support and implement at all levels of government," Mr Newton said.

"I encourage those organisations and communities interested in this topic to engage with our Policy Unit in the coming weeks and months and ensure their views are heard."

The document can be found at www.mydup.com/publications/view/special-educational-needs-pre-consultation-paper.

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