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									            Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage




     Combining literacy training with a holiday break

A lovely cottage in Hadrian's Wall
Country in Northumberland seems
an unlikely place in which to solve
literacy difficulties.

Even so, Hadrian Cottage at
Heddon-on-the-Wall may be just
what many families are looking for.
This is the home of Break-Away
Training, a venture established to
provide a unique service to those
wanting to overcome problems with
reading and writing.

The Director of Break-Away
Training, Dr Peter Kelway, has
spent more than twenty years
developing computer-based
solutions to address literacy
difficulties, working with consultants
and teachers. He has also trained
many adults and children in homes,
offices and classrooms.


This experience has convinced him that many people trying to overcome literacy
difficulties face a variety of obstacles which frustrate their efforts.

First of all, the various ways of solving problems are rarely fully explored at the outset.
Secondly, training sessions are often chaotic and frustrating, especially when taking
place in the classroom or a busy office. Thirdly, the equipment used (both hardware
and software) is frequently inadequate or inappropriate, having been recommended by
those with vested interests or preconceived views. In addition, training sessions are
often longer than can easily be coped with by the individual - four hours (with adequate
breaks) is considered a sensible limit to session length.

The purpose of the course is firstly to discuss the likely needs of the individual. Then
the opportunity is given for several solutions to be tried out so that the most appropriate
can be chosen. Finally, the individual is given sufficient initial training to ensure that the
benefits of the software can be fully developed.


          Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage                                            1
               Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage

Those attending the course usually bring their own computer laptop but arrangements
can usually be made for suitable equipment to be made available on the course if
required.

Up to six guests can be accommodated in the self-catering cottage (see note 1). A
variety of different courses are provided but the most popular lasts half a week. The
time spent at the cottage consists of stimulating support sessions with the opportunity
then to relax and explore the magnificent Hadrian's Wall Country (see note 2). Family
members and others who are not directly involved in the training are welcome and no
charge is made for their accommodation. The training is equally appropriate for
children who are in private or state education or who are home-educated and for adults
in employment (see note 3).

A half-week or weekend course typically comprises the following:
    The visit commences on the afternoon or evening of the first day;
    there are two four-hour training and advisory sessions on the second and third
        days, followed by free time in which the countryside can be explored;
    the visit finishes on the morning of the fourth day.

Costing £550 (see note 4), the course fee covers the accommodation, the training
sessions, the cost of all the assistive software selected for use (seen note 5) and full
support by email and telephone for 12 months following the training sessions.
One or more additional individuals may be accommodated for training for a small
surcharge and will be entitled to purchase copies of the software at a substantial
discount; full twelve months support is also included.

Visitors should leave with the satisfaction that they have been fully involved with the
acquisition of appropriate technology and have been properly instructed as to how it
should be used.

Note 1:

Cottage Location:
Hadrian Cottage is situated in the Tyne Valley within the historic village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, just eight miles
from Newcastle Upon Tyne. This lovely semi-detached Northumberland cottage enjoys stunning views across
open countryside and has been furnished to a high standard. It has three cosy bedrooms, two bathrooms and a
light and airy sitting room and conservatory, leading to the dining area. The cottage is within walking distance of
two excellent pubs and a beautiful Saxon church. Within easy driving distance are the city of Newcastle, the Metro
Centre at Gateshead, the lovely market town of Hexham and Hadrian's Wall. The cottage is therefore perfect for
experiencing the towns and city nearby, as well as Northumbria's fascinating history.

Accommodation:
Three bedrooms: 1 x double with shower cubicle, 2 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC.
Ground floor shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC. Well equipped kitchen. Conservatory. Dining
Room. TV room with internet facilities. Sitting room with flame-effect gas fire.

Amenities:
Full gas central heating, additional heating from gas fire in sitting room. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge,
freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, colour TV, DVD, radio, CD player. Library of books and games. Off-road
parking for two cars. Small, enclosed garden with furniture and barbecue. Three local convenience shops and two
pubs within two minutes walk. Supermarket two miles away.
            Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage                                                                  2
               Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage

There are an abundance of good eating places in the immediate area. There are bus services to Newcastle and
destinations along the Tyne Valley to Carlisle. There is a main railway station in Wylam village. Please note: no
smoking or pets are permtted.


Note 2: Heddon on the Wall lies on the line of Hadrian’s Wall, a section of which is still visible at the edge of the
village. Once the centre for quarrying and coal mining, this lovely village is now surrounded by farms and open
countryside. The village is located on the side of the old “Military Road” which once formed part of the main road
from Newcastle to Carlisle. Just along the road is the village of Wylam, the birthplace of George Stephenson, one
of the early pioneers of the railway industry, and also the lovely town of Corbridge, which was a traditional crossing
point over the Tyne and has history dating back to Roman times. Today, the town is noted for its array of small
shops. Just a little further on is the Tyne Valley town of Hexham with its Abbey, Old Gaol and old town centre. The
vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne with its many pubs, shops, eateries, museums and other attractions is within
easy driving distance and has something for everyone. Heddon-on-the-Wall is an ideal base for exploring this part
of Northumberland.

Hadrian's Wall Country's spellbinding scenery is largely unchanged since
Roman times, with 2000 years of history. The wall itself is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site crossing northern England for around eighty miles. Built as a
Roman frontier in just over six years, many stretches remain intact especially
within the Northumberland National Park. In fact, some of the most dramatic
parts are found here such as the section from Cawfields to Walltown Quarry, a
modest drive from Hadrian Cottage.

You can plan your day at the Once Brewed Tourist Information Centre near
Hexham, choosing from a number of excellent walking routes, whether you
intend to cover as many miles as possible along the Hadrian's Wall National
Trail Path, or are looking for shorter, circular options. Enjoy a family ramble to
Sycamore Gap, home to the tallest remains of the Wall and also the famous
tree from blockbuster, 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.

Cycling is another great way to take in both the natural and archaeological
views, with a variety of long distance routes - the Hadrian's Cycleway, Sea to
Sea, Reivers, Pennine Cycleway and the National Byway.

This mighty 'necklace' is studded with Roman 'jewels' like Housesteads, Chesters and Vindolanda. These
fascinating forts can be explored, many offering interactive displays, Roman artefacts, special family events and
authentic battle re-enactments.

Attendees on the course may decide to take a more extensive break at the property on a conventional
self-catering holiday at a later date. If so, please go to Sykes Holiday Cottages via the link below:
http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Northumbria-Northumberland-Newcastle/Hadrian-Cottage-
4150.html?npropertyid=4150&nduration=1&tdate=01-Dec-2011 .


Note 3: The course is suitable for funding by professional funding agencies and charities, providing a cost-
effective alternative to on-site training at offices or schools. Please request further details on this by emailing us on
info@wordsworldwide.co.uk.


Note 4: Where the course is provided to an individual recognised as having a
disability by HM Revenue & Customs, VAT is zero-rated, effectively giving a
17.5% discount over normal costs (20% from 1 January 2011). Your training
break therefore saves you money as well as providing excellent support in ideal
conditions and the chance to relax and explore the countryside.




            Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage                                                                    3
              Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage

Under current VAT legislation, attendees on the course are eligible for 0% VAT to be levied on all hardware,
software and training purchased, provided that it is invoiced at the same time as the course; an appropriate VAT
exemption form must be signed before payment. This means that one or more attendees can purchase a
computer from us and have it available and ready for use on the course. Purchasing a computer, software or
equipment separate from the assistive software will be subject to the normal rate of VAT.

Please request further details on this by emailing us on info@wordsworldwide.co.uk.


Note 5: Eligible software packages are selected from a range of assistive technology products that have been
accepted by Government departments for use within the education sector and for use in the Access to Work
scheme.




           Break-Away Training at Hadrian Cottage                                                              4

								
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