This project is a response to the Scottish Refugee Council tender request for research into the language, educational and well-being needs of separated children in Scotland and the extent to which these needs are being met by Glasgow Clyde College’s “16+ESOL Programme”, the only dedicated educational programme for these young people in Scotland aged 16-18.
The project will use pluralist methods (ethnographic observation, focus groups, telephone based interviews) with education professionals, stakeholder professionals and young people to address the following questions:
- What are the educational and well-being needs of 16-18 separated children arriving in Scotland (entering directly into college or transitioning to college from schools with 1-2 years education)?
- To what extent does the model, curriculum and pedagogy provided by Glasgow Clyde College meet these needs?
- How does the Glasgow Clyde College model of 16-18 year old education for separated children compare to international good practice?
- In addition to the Glasgow Clyde College model what is required to meet the educational and well-being needs of these young people?
- How can the curriculum, techniques and model be adopted across Scotland where there are smaller populations of separated children?