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Cooking curry just one way to care for student’s mental health

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Platform One College of Music has shown a firm determination to look out for the mental health of their students during the latest national lockdown. All students are working remotely using a new bespoke virtual learning environment that is being beta-tested and developed by Platform One. The system allows students to access all course content, interactive channels, direct messages, video messaging and video conferencing for all taught sessions. Part of the platform is dedicated to personal development and wellbeing, which the college believes is fundamental for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Education Director, David Pontin, said: “We are so impressed by the positive mindset and dedication of our students at this challenging time. Many of the remote-taught sessions have had 100% attendance, which is brilliant. We have also introduced content on looking after mental health during lockdown for students to access. Post-16 students are encouraged to utilise Friday afternoons to practice well-being.”

As part of the well-being programme students are encouraged to get involved in the ‘P1 Stay at Home Friday Night Curry Club’. On Friday afternoons, students select an album to listen to while creating a home-made curry for their household. They take photo of the creation for the channel and share recipes. BTEC Year 1 student Oceah Taylor was the first to contribute a fine looking curry with accompaniments.

Platform One is committed to providing high quality, creative education for any young person wanting to work in the creative industries. Applications are now open for full-time places in September 2021. If you are interested in having a discussion about the option via phone or video-call please email

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