British Council international award - North West Regional College Case Study

NWRC’s College Development Plan calls for the college to be outward, forward looking and internationally connected, having increased the participation in international mobilities over the past years.

All our mobility projects recognise Widening Participation, encouraging students with Special Education Needs to apply for and participate in mobilities. One particular activity, through a cross-curriculum, cross-departmental, college wide-approach, targets statemented students, those with SEN or from backgrounds with fewer opportunities, to spend 3 weeks exchange with our host partner in Denmark, Korsør ProduktionsHøjskole.

Undoubtedly the biggest positive impact has been raising students’ own self-belief and confidence in their abilities. Self-esteem and a ‘can do’ attitude means they return to college with the feeling of satisfaction, new enthusiasm and increased motivation, having completed their placement.

Returning students act as role models for other students with similar needs and provide encouragement to others who may be less motivated, to try and challenge their boundaries. Our students become the best ambassadors for the recruitment and preparation sessions for these exchanges

The mobilities to Denmark truly deliver for the students, their families, their tutors and raise awareness of widening participation activities that the college is currently promoting to those that are disadvantaged within the wider community.