Friday, 11 December 2015

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re reflecting on our first four months in our new premises. The building itself has come a long way…

…And so have our employees. In case you missed it, the video below shows our Year 10 employees preparing for their exhibition of BTEC Art and Design work at Myatt’s Corner Café last week; a fitting end to a productive term.


After Christmas, they'll be cooking up something special for their Hospitality and Catering taster(!) course at Myatt's Corner Café. We can't wait to see their vocational skills develop even further.

Sunday, 6 December 2015


Earlier this week, our Year 10 employees took a break from their filmmaking workshops, and started fulfilling the criteria for their Bronze Arts Award, including the selection of an Arts Hero. 


We were delighted that Shanay, a participant in La Cinémathèque Française’s ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’ film education programme, chose the Lumière Brothers as her Arts Hero(es). 


Before Christmas, our Arts Award candidates will deliver a technical skills tutorial. They will also visit BFI Southbank to watch and review a film. We look forward to sharing more of their work before the Christmas holiday.

Congratulations to Year 11 employee Lilly, who was November’s Employee of the Month; a title she earned by demonstrating good punctuality, an excellent work ethic, and persistence in the face of challenging assignments. 

This week climaxed with the launch of the BTEC Art and Design Christmas exhibition at Myatt’s Corner Café next to the Oval Quarter development. Our Year 10 employees selected and arranged some of their own creations, as well as work produced by Year 11 employees for Unit 1 of BTEC Art and Design. The work will be on display throughout December for all visitors to admire.

Friday, 27 November 2015


Our employees have been excelling in Functional Skills Exams this week, but our Year 10 filmmakers have still found time to get out and about with cameras. Check out yesterday’s blog post to see what they’ve been up to.

Our Year 10 employees have also been preparing to curate the upcoming exhibition of BTEC Art and Design work at Myatt’s Corner Café. 

We look forward to sharing the final exhibition with both our local and online communities in December.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Le Cinéma... Part 4

This week, Shakai and Samantha completed Exercise 1 of this year’s ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’ film education programme. We’ve added their ‘Météo Minutes’ to the collection we uploaded previously (see below).

Shakai also created his ‘Météo Montage’, a series of beautifully composed shots intended to accentuate the harsh Winter temperature.

Shanay edited her first sequence for Exercise 3. Exercise 3 requires our employees to film the same simple situation in several different weather conditions.

‘The only thing I would change is my actors so the same people don’t get fed up of being in my films. I would also make the scene easier to perform because the people I used didn’t know each other so it was a bit awkward for them. I would also add some different camera angles.’ -Shanay

The stimulus for Shanay's sequence was 'a secret'. As you can see, her first attempt was filmed in mild weather. We look forward to seeing how she approaches the sequence under harsher conditions. Dylan also filmed his first attempt at Exercise 3. Screenshots from his rushes can be seen below.

We wonder how different the first shot might look and feel without a low Winter sun creating such a distinct shadow on the wall, or how different the second shot might be without such an overpowering lens flare.

Next week, Dylan will be enhancing his already-proven editing skills by putting these shots into sequence.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Work Hard, Display Hard

Our filmmakers began shooting simple narratives this week. Check out yesterday’s filmmaking special to find out more.

We’re excited to announce that a selection of Year 10 and 11 artwork produced for BTEC Art and Design will be exhibited at Myatt’s Corner Café next month. The café, part of Myatt’s Field Centre in the Oval Quarter development, will be displaying decorations and other Christmas-themed pieces produced by our employees.

We believe that sharing these finished products is integral to the self-esteem of our young learners, and the perfect way to conclude a BTEC unit. If you're local to the Oval Quarter, stop by Myatt's Corner Café for a bite to eat, and enjoy their work first-hand.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Le Cinéma... Part 3

New starter Christiana captured her ‘Météo Minute’ this week; a peaceful scene of tree boughs shaking in the wind. We’ve added it to the collection of minutes previously uploaded.

Her ‘Météo Montage’ followed a similar theme; a series of shots depicting and/or accentuating the wind. Christiana even decided to desaturate the colours in her montage; an homage to the films of the Lumière Brothers that she watched at the beginning of the session.

Other Year 10 employees moved onto Exercise 3, as Shanay explains…

‘We had to film a short scene in different weather conditions. I brain-stormed it at first then I wrote the treatment.’  

She storyboarded her scene, allowing her to plan the shoot more thoroughly. She’ll soon repeat the exercise to see how different weather conditions affect the way in which the scene is staged. 

‘It was challenging because I had to move the camera a lot and move around and speak. If I had to repeat the exercise, I would have planned it differently so my actors could understand more.’

We look forward to sharing her film once editing is complete. Dylan also began planning his Exercise 3 film. We look forward to watching him storyboard and shoot his film soon.

Friday, 13 November 2015

All Systems Go

In addition to yesterday’s filmmaking special, we’d like to share some more highlights from our busiest week at Passport yet.

As well as developing her filmmaking skills on Monday, Year 10 employee Shanay took her Maths lesson by the reins on Wednesday. 

She was also awarded her Level 2 Food Hygiene for Catering certificate, along with Dylan, Samantha, and Muhamet.

Shanay wasn’t the only person working behind the camera this week. Year 11 employees began working through Unit 1 of their Creative Digital Media Production BTEC course and getting to grips with our filmmaking kit. We can’t wait to see them develop their skills in the coming weeks.

Friday was the busiest day of the week. Throughout the day, classes in English, Maths, Art and Design, and Creative and Digital Media were running smoothly and simultaneously; a testament to the competency of our teachers and the diligence of our young employees.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Le Cinéma... Part 2

Last week, our Year 10 employees began following a curriculum set by the international film education programme ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’. The theme behind this year’s curriculum is ‘climate’. You can view the work they produced for Exercises 1 and 2 here.

This week, Year 10 employee Shanay reflects on Exercises 1 and 2, and practices her analytical skills.

'Our first exercise was to record a minute of footage. There were no unexpected things that happened in mine but in Dylan’s a few unexpected things happened. In one shot, a woman walked past, three cars went past, and later on a bird flew past.

My second exercise was to make shots that were 10 seconds each but we had to make several of them. I think I enjoyed it because I haven’t done something like this before and it’s always nice to try something new. I thought it would have been boring but it wasn’t. I learned how to use the camera properly. I also learned how to use a tripod which I haven’t ever used before. I learned a bit of French as well.'

Year 10s also practiced some film analysis. They studied clips from two separate films, both featuring snowy landscapes, and observed the different ways in which weather is used in them. Here are Shanay's observations...

The Empire Strikes Back

'The weather was very snowy. It created a tense atmosphere because I didn’t know if they were going to survive. It affected their behaviour because they had to find shelter because of the weather. Also, if it were a nice sunny day, they wouldn’t have had to cut open the animal.'

Citizen Kane

'The weather in this clip was also very snowy. The little boy was happy at first. He was playing with snowballs and the sledge. It made me feel like I wanted to be there.'

Ahead of Exercise 3, our employees watched scenes from a selection of films and recreated their storyboards. This helped our employees to understand the purpose of different shot types, and how to plan their own films effectively. They even began mapping ideas for Exercise 3, which requires our employees to film the same short narrative in different weather conditions.

Check back soon for further updates, and follow us @Pp2eProgramme.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Passport, je t’aime

After Year 11 employees performed brilliantly in last week’s Media skills workshop, Year 10 employees were invited to participate in the same workshop this week. 

Take a look at Dylan’s video below to see how he was able to enhance some of his photos in Paint.NET.

Dylan and Shanay also began following a curriculum set by the international film education programme ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’. This project, driven by La Cinémathèque Française in Paris and coordinated in the UK by the British Film Institute, is a great opportunity for our young learners to exercise their creativity while developing new vocational skills and theoretical understanding. 

Check out yesterday’s blog post for a closer look at some of the work they've already produced.

Year 11 employees were getting us in the festive mood this week with their print designs for Unit 1 of BTEC Art and Design (First Certificate).

Congratulations to Luis, who was our employee of the month for the second month running.

Year 10 employees Shanay, Dylan, Samantha and Muhamet also deserve congratulations for earning their Level 2 Certificates in Food Hygiene for Catering. They're now qualified to begin their Hospitality and Catering taster course at Myatt’s Corner Café after Christmas.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Le Cinéma... Part 1

This week, we’re bringing you a special blog post in addition to our Friday bulletin. We're excited to announce that our Year 10 employees have begun to follow the curriculum for this year's cycle of the international film education programme ‘Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse’. 

This project, driven by La Cinémathèque Française in Paris and coordinated in the UK by the British Film Institute, is a great opportunity for our young learners to exercise their creativity while developing new vocational skills and theoretical understanding.

The theme behind this year’s curriculum is ‘climate’, and the first exercise required our employees to capture a minute of footage depicting the weather, similar to the films of the Lumière Brothers (the founding fathers of filmmaking). 

After studying some of the original ‘Lumière Minutes’, our employees headed out to capture some of their own. Take a look at the video below to see their ‘Météo Minutes’. Both of them capture a foggy morning in Camberwell but feature very different structures and incidents.

The second exercise required them to create a montage of shots, giving a sense of a particular weather type. As you can see in the video below, our employees chose to make the most of the foggy Autumnal conditions.



For their extension task, Dylan and Shanay also captured some still images of their local scenery, experimenting with shot types and depth of field.



Next week, we'll hear from the employees themselves as they reflect on the project thus far. We look forward to charting their progress on this prestigious programme.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Movie Magic

Back from the half-term break, our employees wasted no time in returning to their studies. On Tuesday, they were treated to another ‘Progression Day’, during which they polished their CVs and familiarised themselves with the college application process.

On Wednesday, our Year 11 employees participated in a Media skills workshop. Their brief was to create a short promotional video, advertising the Canon 1200D DSLR camera. First, they took portrait photographs of each other, and captured scenic shots of local plant life. 

They then edited these photographs in the application Paint.NET. After this, they created a short promotional video in Windows Movie Maker, demonstrating their new skills and showcasing the image quality that the Canon 1200D affords. Take a look at Lilly’s exemplary first attempt below.

On Thursday, our Year 10 employees met with the staff at Myatt’s Corner Café in preparation for their Hospitality and Catering course in January. Staff explained the importance of rigorous hygiene practices and outlined the basic duties that our employees will be undertaking. We look forward to seeing them in action after Christmas!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Looking the Part

During the half-term break, we wasted no time in readying ourselves for the future. Our premises are now immediately recognisable thanks to our new signage.

We also welcomed some new PCs, further preparing us for the delivery of core and creative subjects from next week onward... And upward!

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Big Picture

The final week of this half-term began with a big addition to our IT facilities. Computer literacy is a priority here at Passport and we look forward to our employees using the new hardware.

Our employees ‘celebrated’ World Maths Day by sitting their pre-public Functional Skills Mathematics Exams on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as their English Functional Skills Exams.

These exercises are an important step in preparing our employees for their final GCSE assessments. 

To mark Twitter’s Education Day on Thursday, we published a video retrospective, highlighting the progress our employees have made since the beginning of September. You can view the video below.

As you can see, our employees are starting to take a look at the big picture; researching college courses and apprenticeships, and understanding the entry requirements.

At Passport to Employability, we don’t stop moving, and the half-term break will be no different. Check back next week to see how we keep ourselves busy while our employees take a well-earned rest.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Taking the Reins

Last Friday, our most recent graduates attended a celebration evening at our new premises.  Family and friends were able to admire the work produced by our former employees, and the employees themselves were able to share with us their early experiences of further education.

Just as our former employees have taken life by the reins, Year 10 employees Shakai, Dylan, Samantha and Shanay have taken the reins of this week’s blog post. They reflect honestly on their taster course in Motor Vehicle Maintenance.

'My name is Shanay and I have been on the Passport Programme for two weeks. I have been working on motorbikes at Young Lewisham Project. I have been working with tools that I haven’t really worked with before. I have also taken off a wheel, seen what was wrong with it, and put it back on. Another thing I have done is putting in brakes. I wouldn’t mind working at the Young Lewisham Project next year but if I was to go there, I hope there would be some very challenging work to do. I am looking forward to my next task, which is catering.'

'My name is Samantha. I have  been on the Passport Programme for a week  and it's been a great experience. At the Young Lewisham Project, I learned how to change a motorbike wheel and how to clean the chains properly. I also cleaned some tools. I found it therapeutic (therapeutic means it was relaxing). I would love to go back to the Young Lewisham Project so I can learn new things.' 

'My name is Dylan and I have been on the Passport Programme since the September 28th. At the Young Lewisham Project, the activities I have undertaken are checking the wheels and tyres on a dirt bike.  The skills I have acquired are knowing the different sizes of bolts and when to use them during a job. Also I learned how to change sprockets and test the safety of the suspensions. I would like to work at the Young Lewisham Project next year because I enjoy it and I want to be a mechanic in the future.'

'My name is Shakai and I have been on the Passport Programme since March. I've been fixing motorbikes and normal bicycles. I made a hanging basket out of a bike helmet at the start and then moved on to other activities. I progressed by fixing punctures and checking if a bike brake needs fixing. I overcame some challenges such as picking up the hens and getting my hands dirty from oiling bikes.

'I'm looking forward to creating a whole new bike next year. I would like to be more creative next time and I will improve my punctuality.'

Our newest Year 11 cohort began experimenting with different patterns and textiles for Unit 1 of their BTEC Art and Design (First Certificate). Enjoy a brief Twidvid of their work from earlier in the week...

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that Luis was September’s employee of the month. He demonstrated excellent punctuality, behaviour and commitment to his studies.