British Sign Language official recognition celebrated during Deaf Awareness Week

On 29th April, the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill was passed, recognising BSL as a language of Great Britain for the first time. This fundamental milestone was a significant cause for celebration during Deaf Awareness Week from 2nd to 9th May. The act means that Government must promote the use of British Sign Language. Furthermore, […]

Eating disorders: how to get help

February 26th – March 6th marked Eating Disorder Awareness Week in the UK. And as charities and organisations work to increase awareness and support for individuals suffering from eating disorders or disordered eating habits, experts are warning of a stark rise in the number of young people requiring treatment for eating disorders. According to data […]

Drink Spiking: The Facts

In recent months, there has been a stark rise in the amount of drink spiking incidents, resulting in bars and clubs having to increase their security and use preventative measures such as drink stoppers in a bid to tackle the issue. And, learners and young people alike have responded to this rise in drink spiking […]

tpm Learner of the Year Awards 2020

Learner of the Year awards

Our Board of Directors is delighted to announce the winners of the tpm Learner of the Year awards for 2020. We asked teachers and trainers to select nominees according to criteria set by the board. Specifically, these included attendance, punctuality, commitment and attitude to learning, and commitment to the tpm Making a SPLASH resilience model.  […]

Lin Hankinson’s Christmas Update

Lin Hankinson

Earlier in the year, our friend Lin Hankinson of What If You Can shared some exclusive videos with the tpm community to help us all through the mental strains Covid, lockdown and restrictions brought. The videos proved to be incredibly popular. Therefore, we were delighted when Lin recorded a seasonal message for us. Christmas can […]

Helping to keep learners safe online

tpm online safety

The internet has become an incredibly helpful tool for everyone over the last eight months. Not only has it given us a way of keeping in touch with friends and loved ones, but it has allowed us to work from home. For example, we have been able to have virtual meetings rather than in person. […]

tpm Covid-19 Operations Update

Brian and Paula

As you will have all heard, on Saturday, the Government announced a further lockdown in England to begin on Thursday. However, all schools, colleges and universities will be remaining open. Therefore, tpm will be open to staff and learners throughout the lockdown.  Keeping staff and learners #tpmCovidSafeandSound A clear priority for tpm has always been […]

The Pinecone Trust Helps tpm Learners Access a Blended Curriculum

The Pinecone Trust

Lockdown brought challenges to everyone’s usual way of life. For learners, the issue was how they could access their education without being able to attend physically. Consequently, educational settings like tpm had to adapt their curriculum quickly. Lessons moved online, and blended learning took on new norms. However, not all learners have access to online […]

How to wash your hands properly

graphic showing how to wash your hands

If you wash your hands properly, this is one of the best ways of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. However, do you really know how to wash your hands properly? Here’s a rundown of all the steps you should take when washing your hands, as advised by the NHS: Wet your hands with water […]

Stand against cyberbullying

caroline flack

If you use social media, you won’t have escaped the deluge of posts about the tragic loss of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Her suicide led to an outpouring of grief and thousands of posts about the need to ‘be kind.’ Sadly, Caroline had been a target for the media and for cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is being […]

A response to London Bridge terror attack

On Friday, 29th November 2019, the eyes of the world were on London as another tragic terror attack unfolded. This time the victims of the attack included learners and educational professionals. This can bring terrorism closer to home for us as learners, teachers and mentors. Many people believe that terror attacks and terrorism are a […]

Industry expert Alan Henry delivers masterclass for tpm hairdressing apprentices

tpm apprentices watch Alan Henry demonstrating hair techniques at the masterclass

tpm apprentices were treated to an inspiring hairdressing masterclass last week delivered by industry expert Alan Henry. As a result, they learned new styling techniques and a plethora of professional tips for careers in hair design. The masterclass is just one of the many new features of tpm’s enhanced programme of training for apprentices and […]

Key signs of extremism and radicalisation to look out for

english league demonstration Liverpool

In 2011 the government unveiled the Prevent strategy.  Specifically, this aims to prevent young adults from developing views associated with extremism. At tpm, we take this duty seriously and believe that the most effective learning and work take place within the context of tolerance and respect for others. To emphasise, we have a strict zero-tolerance […]

The changing face of extremism

English Defence League supporters in Liverpool 2017

In 2011, the government unveiled the Prevent strategy. This aims to prevent children and young adults from developing views associated with extremism. In addition, since 2014 the Government have asked all education providers to prepare young people for modern British life by promoting British Values. British values include: “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty […]

Why apprentice attendance matters

apprentice attendance matters

A critical factor impacting on the success of apprenticeships in any business, is apprentice attendance at scheduled training sessions with their college or provider. tpm is committed to driving improvement both in our organisation and in the apprentices we develop. If the apprentices we train are successful, this has a positive impact on your business. […]

5 ways tpm supports learner mental health

four mental health champions at tpm

May 13 to 19 is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative spearheaded each year by the UK Mental Health Foundation (MHFUK). This year the theme is body image. Research shows over a third of UK adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about body image. Indications are that figures are even higher amongst […]

tpm Makes Time for Mental Health

tpm learners chat to tpm staff as part of activities to end mental discrimination

A major event in tpm’s calendar each year is Time To Talk Day. And this year was no different. Each year on this day all staff and learners are encouraged to put special focus on mental health and wellbeing despite it being a year-round priority for all at tpm. Mental Health Week Time to Talk […]

Learner support critical for apprenticeship success

The support a learner receives is critical to apprenticeship success. If they are left floundering on their own, their progress usually grinds to a halt. Younger apprentices sometimes encounter a hurdle in their job or training. As a result they can just stop turning up to work. Apprentices have different support needs. Some simply need […]