Personal Progress Pathway

Helping you to develop your independence and work skills

The Personal Progress Pathway is centred around you and designed to help you make progress in a range of areas.

Each person’s pathway is specifically designed for them and flexibility suits individual needs.


What could the pathway include?

Your Personal Progress Pathway would include development of your understanding, skills and experience in some or all of the following areas:


Who will I work with?

An approachable member of college staff will work with you to develop your individual pathway. You will work 1:1 with the member of staff at first but may plan to work in a small group with other people. ESPA staff are experienced in helping people make progress in their independence in many aspects of their life.


“Very good progress developing independence…”Ofsted inspection report 2012


Where will the learning take place?

We have bases in Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland.


Who is eligible?

You need to be aged between 16 and 25 and have either left compulsory education or are due to this summer.

The Personal Progress Pathway is designed for people who don’t currently have a plan to stay in education or for people who have found they have difficulties fitting into existing educational options.

You will need the support of someone in your local authority to get a place.


How to apply

The Personal Progress Pathway is classed as specialist provision, so your local authority needs to commission a place for you.

ESPA staff can guide you through the application process and we will contact the appropriate officer in your local authority who would need to support your application.

Contact ESPA Funding Manager Mike Smith at or by calling (0191) 516 5080.

Download our Personal Progress Pathway information leaflet here.

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