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ERIC Number: ED539446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1364-3
Learning to Improve the Lives and Aspirations of Young People in Scotland: An Aspect Report on the Provision in Scotland's Colleges for Young People Requiring More Choices and More Chances
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
This report provides a positive picture of how colleges have responded to the needs of these young people in their local area. It illustrates the types of ethos, commitment and planning which, over the last three to five years, have contributed to providing highly responsive programmes and services. However, there is still progress to be made in areas including, improved communication between colleges and schools, arrangements for development and delivery of core skills in mainstream college programmes and more involvement of partners in evaluation and planning processes. At local, and in some cases national level, there is insufficient communication and understanding of what colleges offer these young people. In conclusion, the progress these young people make at college and their subsequent successful progression to a positive destination is highly important to their future personal and economic wellbeing. Many of these learners entered college feeling they had been written off by others, including their families and schools. They brought with them the baggage of failure and low self esteem which manifest themselves in very low or no aspirations and a reluctance to put themselves in situations where they may be measured and assessed. In almost all cases, they stayed, overcame their barriers, and moved on as adults to take responsibility and make informed decisions about their future. For most, their experience at college has been life changing, and for more than a few it is probably life saving. Educators need to learn from each other, build on what works well and make full use of the resources, services and expertise available in local areas to reach continuously out to and re-engage the young people in Scotland who are not engaged in education, employment or training. Appended are: (1) Glossary of terms; (2) Effective Practice; and (3) Case Studies. (Contains 29 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)