16+ESOL Routes to Learning Handbook

Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Clyde College, Aberlour and Stirling University were joint partners on a year-long project, Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children. COSLA Migration Team sat on the expert advisory group.

"The project recognised that unaccompanied children have specific educational needs. It is important that students in the 16+ESOL programme are supported to learn English alongside other subjects and activities, in a supportive and encouraging environment, to help them reach their potential. There is a need to learn about the local/national culture, and to adapt to the structure of the classroom. Ensuring that young people feel safe and have means to deal with anxiety and the impact of trauma is crucial, alongside building opportunities for social connections and friendships inside and outside of college. The 16+ESOL programme aims to do this."

The project culminated in two outputs:

"The 16+ESOL Routes to Learning handbook sets out the approach, curriculum and teaching resources of Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme for separated children (16-18). It is a helpful resource for lecturers and teachers educating separated children in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere, in colleges and schools or in the community as well as other professionals, such as social workers and guardians. Whilst developed for separated children, the resources may be used and adapted in other ESOL, EAL and other language learning settings. A link to further online resources can also be found in the handbook."

For more information about COSLA Migration Team's work in supporting unnacompanied children see our policy page and our political papers.

Last updated 19/10/24