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Our Newham Learning & Skills Learner Newsletter

Update from the Head of Service- Jaspal Dhaliwal 

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Hello and Welcome to our new learners. 

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you in this edition of our learner newsletter! As we embark on this journey together, we are thrilled to have you as part of our vibrant and dynamic community.

At Our Newham Learning & Skills, we take pride in fostering an environment where passion meets purpose, and motivation fuels success. Our team of dedicated professionals are not just here to guide you; they are here to ensure you reach unprecedented heights during your journey with us.

In this first edition of our term B newsletter we touch on the work you are completing during your classes, an exciting free opportunity, our new and improved IT room at Beckton Globe and much more. I look forward to seeing you in your classrooms and around our centres.

Jaspal Dhaliwal

Head of Our Newham Learning & Skills

Important Dates

Half term week                  Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2024

10 week courses end       Friday 22 March 2024

12 week courses end       Thursday 28th March 2024

Free Opportunity !

Discover exciting learning opportunities with Our Newham Learning & Skills! 

We are thrilled to offer three engaging online short courses to all Newham residents. Whether you're interested in enhancing your expertise in cyber security, coding, or data protection/data security, we have the perfect courses for you. 

Take advantage of this unique chance to develop valuable skills from the comfort of your own home. For more details, contact farheen.butt@newham.gov.uk

Learner Stories'

As the new term kicks off, our ESOL Entry 2 learners are embarking on an exciting journey into the realm of grammar. To develop their understanding of essential grammar terms, the learners commenced their studies with a short quiz. The quiz required learners to select the correct grammar terms to complete sentences, testing their grasp of foundational concepts.

ESOL Entry 2 learners utilised Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assess and mark their grammar quiz. This approach allowed for instantaneous feedback, offering a tailored learning experience for each student.

Fantastic work!


Learner Stories'-Aroj Razzaq Din Naz

I came to the UK 2 years ago and the highlight of my time in the UK is enrolling on an Our Newham Learning and Skills course. 

I began my journey in the UK with a part-time job but wasn’t too fond of this. My cousins informed me about ONLS and the courses available. Without any more time wasted, I took my ESOL initial assessment and began my ESOL journey. 

Studying ESOL began as a difficult journey as I did not know one word of English. I completed ESOL Entry 3 and progressed through the other levels. At the same time, I studied the Teaching Assistant course with Level 1 Essential Digital Sills. Now I am currently studying ESOL level 2 alongside TA Level 2 with school placements. 

I am really enjoying all my courses! My goal is to become a teaching assistant and to complete the remainder of my course. 

 Aroj Razzaq Din Naz

Our Newham Learning & Skills successful Open Days

The winter season at ONLS was illuminated by the resounding success of our Winter Open Days, a celebration of learning, connection, and a shared passion for knowledge. These Open days provided an opportunity for new learners to find out more about the course of interest, enrol, take any initial assessments required, and find out more about our bursary and student finance system. With over 150 new learners we are delighted to have you learn and develop your potential with us.

Safeguarding Matters

Safer Internet Day 2024 Safer Internet Day 2024 is taking place on the 6th of February 2024, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Inspiring change?Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online’ Safer Internet Day is the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety. This year Safer Internet Day will be focusing on change online, this includes:

• Using the internet to make change for the better 

• The things that can influence and change the way young people think, feel and act online and offline 

Get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology:

• Research on educational resources and share knowledge 

• Register with the supporting groups 

 Discuss in your class, on how to remain and keep our children safe on the internet

Neelam Kumar

Business Manager

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New and Improved IT room at 

Beckton Globe 

Our new IT Room stands as a testament to our commitment to providing an educational experience that prepares you for evolving digital field. Step into the future with us, and let the journey begin.

We’ve invested and installed 27’’ display monitors with ergonomic chairs, convenient desk space and an interactive whiteboard ensuring you get the best out of your digital course. 

Why not check this out at Beckton Globe, 1 Kingsford Way, E6 5JQ

Creche Facility

Did you know that we offer crèche facility for learners enrolled onto a course? Why not provide your child with a safe environment to learn, grow and play in one of our crèches whilst you learn in our classrooms? 

With our specialised and experienced staff your child can play and join in with educational activities. Crèche Locations:

  • Forest Gate Learning Zone- 1 Woodford Road E7 0DH 
  • Beckton Globe- 1 Kingsford Way E6 5JQ 
  • Little Ilford Learning Zone- 1A Rectory Road E12 6JB 

Please enquire at your nearest centre


Attend FREE Community Clothes Swap Events at Newham Libraries 

This January, join Newham in pledging to buy nothing new and attend and a Community Clothes Swap event near you. Buy Nothing New Month from Keep Britain Tidy is all about cherishing the things we already have, repairing things rather than sending them to landfill, and finding new homes for the things we no longer need and - at a time when many are feeling the pinch - it’s an opportunity to save some pennies while protecting the planet. As part of #BuyNothingNewMonth, we're hosting FREE Community Clothes Swap events at Newham Libraries, to help you swap, not shop: 

  • Monday 22 January, 3.30pm – 5.30pm – Canning Town Library, E16 1EH 
  • Tuesday 23 January, 3.30pm – 5.30pm – East Ham Library, E6 2RT 
  • Wednesday 24 January, 3.30pm – 5.30pm – Green Street Library, E13 9AR 
  • Friday 26 January, 3.30pm – 5.30pm – The Gate Library, E7 0QH 

On the day, bring along your gently used clothing donations to participate in a rolling drop and swap. 

Yes please: clothing, accessories and bags 

No thanks: shoes, underwear, socks, tights 

Or; bring along clothing that you would like to upcycle with textile experts at Fabrications and Sew London. 

Enjoy free refreshments, choose up to 5 ‘new to you’ items, plus hear from our upcycling experts as how you can extend the life of clothes that little bit longer! 

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