Skills and Education Group for social mobility and widening participation - Northern College Case Study

The Northern College Community Development and Wellbeing Programme offers flexible, tailored courses that directly respond to students’ needs, reaching people who are often the furthest away from education.

Creating positive initial engagement in college is a priority; by developing opportunities such as the Forest School for Adults, barriers to college life have been reduced. In the outdoor classroom, barriers created through previous life experiences are reduced, and students start to believe in themselves realising they can learn and succeed.

Students are incredibly positive about this programme, with many reflecting on their progress and choosing to study further, progressing into supported work, and developing more confidence within voluntary roles in the community.

This programme is on offer to all students, giving everyone the opportunity to be involved in something practical, fun, and educational, with progress in mind. Activities are delivered as part of the full time student extracurricular programme; sessions are included in other courses to support the development of confidence. The sharing of good practice is at the forefront of college life.

We are proud that this programme reaches individuals who would not normally access education, empowering them to meet their potential, and develop ambition and aspiration to live healthier, more productive lives.