Investing in young asylum seekers’ future learning and life chances

The Foundation is delighted to announce its award of £43,534 to Scottish Refugee Council, which will be working with Aberlour Childcare Trust’s  Scottish Guardianship Service and Glasgow Clyde College ESOL department to research, develop and promote a groundbreaking curriculum resource for use with young unaccompanied asylum seekers (aged 16-19)  both within and outside the classroom.

The primary aim of the project are to enabled more effective learning for this vulnerable group of young people and  increase the number of separated children who will become effective learners.  Educational opportunities will be increased as Glasgow Clyde College becomes a documented centre of best practice. Currently there are approximately 300 separated children in Scotland, 80-90 of these are students at GCC. Each month approximately 5 separated children arrive in Scotland with significant increase anticipated in future years.

Aberlour provides individual guardianship support to separated children arriving in Scotland and has worked closely with the College over 10 years in the development of the College’s unique and innovative language, educational and pastoral programme for this group, “16+ESOL”. 

With funding support from the Foundation and its partner funder Paul Hamlyn Foundation the project will research and identify the educational and well-being needs of separated children in Scotland (16-18), considering how the “16+ESOL” programme and its partners are meeting these needs inside and outside the classroom and comparing it to international good practice.   

Building on these findings, the project will go on to work with College staff to develop curriculum and teaching resources, promote these across the educational sector in Scotland and the UK, supporting colleagues new to this work and providing tangible educational outcomes for all separated children in Scotland.

“ Before I came to college I had no family, college is like my family now.”

“Getting the most out of my education is honouring my parents.”

“ Learning to trust is like learning to walk again.”
Young unaccompanied asylum seeker attending the College

More separated children will be effective learners, increase their education opportunities as Glasgow Clyde College becomes a documented centre of best practice. Currently there are approximately 300 separated children in Scotland, 80-90 of these are students at GCC. Each month approximately 5 separated children arrive in Scotland with significant increase anticipated.

The video below was created by Showman Media with the Senior ESOL lecturer Lyn Ma with the narration provided by separated young people attending the ESOL16+ course.

Posted on the 21st October 2018