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Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children in Scotland

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The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane

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G1 3NU

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The aims of this conference are to:

  • To present new research into the educational & language needs of separated children in Scotland
  • To present the views of young people themselves on their education and aspirations
  • To share the expertise of Glasgow Clyde College's "16+ESOL" programme method, curriculum and teaching material

The conference is for:

  • ESOL lecturers & EAL teachers in Scotland
  • Social workers with corporate responsibility for separated children
  • Local authority social work / educational leads with responsibility for separated children
  • Other professionals, including guardians and foster carers, working with separated children in Scotland, the UK and Europe
  • Policy-makers


The conference is the culmination of the the project, Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children (16-18) led by Scottish Refugee Council, Aberlour Childcare Trust and Glasgow Clyde College with Stirling University as academic partner.

For over a decade, the college has developed and delivered a language and education course, the “16+ESOL” programme, to separated children aged 16-18 arriving in Scotland alone. During this time, lecturers have worked closely with staff from the Scottish Guardianship Service, a long-standing partnership between Scotland’s refugee charity and Scotland’s children’s charity, to support the welfare and well-being needs of these young people.

The aims of the project have been to reflect on and document the teaching practice, curriculum and resources of the “16+ESOL” programme and to research the educational and well-being needs of separated children, considering how these needs are being met inside and outside the classroom as well as considering the “16+ESOL”programme against international practice.

9.00-9.30 - Registration

12.30-13.00 Lunch

The project team are Gary Christie, Head of Policy at the Scottish Refugee Council; Catriona MacSween, Service Manager, Aberlour Childcare Trust, Lyn Ma, Senior Lecturer, and Mercedes Richardson, Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College.

The research team at Stirling University commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council are Dr Siân Lucas, Dr Maggie Grant and Andrew Burns.

The project has been funded by Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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