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He just keeps rollin’,

He keeps on rollin’ along.”

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Chris Nicholls

Chris has been the Site Controller and Caretaker at Marish and Willow Primary School Trust for many years and prior to that was in the Armed Forces for a stretch. He started an Apprenticeship in his forties, which included a wide range of modules, and where he had to pass English and maths to gain the qualification. This has enabled him to take on new responsibilities and expand his role, and develop confidence in public speaking and engagement.

Chris’ tutor in his management studies, Alan, supported him through the English and maths elements of the programme and shares his perspective.

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Learner Chris

Tutor Alan

 Chris’ Story


Now passed. However, RaPAL are still happy to consider learner stories for the digital journal.


8th September 2016

International Adult Literacy Day