Community Learning

Darlington College offers a range of community learning provision in collaboration with other members of the Darlington Community Learning Partnership

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We are committed to an integrated partnership approach to the provision of community learning which is consistent with SFA / BIS priorities and requirements, (particularly those described in “New challenges, New Chances.  Further Education and Skills Reform Plan: Building a World Class Skills System (Department for Business Innovation and Skills, 1 December 2010), and agree to support one another as this approach is pursued.

All partners agree:

  • To share information about their current and planned provision freely and without prejudice so that the totality of provision across Darlington can be reviewed on a regular basis
  • To continue to work together to assess community needs and identify and prioritise responses to unmet need
  • To share approaches and work together to involve individuals and communities
  • To plan provision collaboratively in order to maximise opportunities and facilitate  progression for participants
  • To work together to ensure a consistent approach across Darlington
  • To share approaches to quality standards and work together to ensure consistency and support new providers
  • To work closely with Children’s Centres and other community venues
  • Where appropriate , to link to other initiatives or projects such as “troubled families
  • To respect institutional autonomy and the financial circumstances of members but hold true to the principles of good integrated partnership working
  • To share information and approaches so that any changes to funding regimes and / or SFA / BIS priorities and requirements may be anticipated to ensure appropriate levels of stability but maximum benefit to (potential) participants in Darlington
  • To develop a statement of priorities and working practices to clarify the approach to targeted and universal provision and “Pound-Plus”
  • To encourage other providers to commit to the Partnership
  • To review this Memorandum of Understanding on an Annual Basis

Darlington Community Learning Partnership Priority Groups

  • Neighbourhoods with participation rates significantly below the local average and with high levels of basic and other skills needs including Family Learning designed to have learning outcomes for both parents/carers and their children
  • Provision for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities including adults with mental health issues
  • Provision that will impact positively on people’s quality of life, health and well-being
  • Older adults
  • Males
  • Adults from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Work related Skills eg IT, Literacy, Numeracy and work-related personal skills with a focus on progression into further learning and/or work.
  • Work Clubs looking at CV development, interview techniques, job search, personal impact etc.
  • Provision designed to help participants to run their own businesses.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Community capacity building provision eg volunteer development provision, increasing civic participation and mentoring.
  • Capacity building for community and voluntary organisations to be able to deliver learning.
  • Vocational sector specific provision that provides a gateway (first step) to local employment opportunities.
  • 1 to 1 Mentoring to support effective transition between levels of learning and work.

Provision at Darlington College:

Darlington College continues to provide  a range of full and part time provision to help meet the identified needs within the Community Partnership, courses include:

  • Functional Skills development in mathematics for members of the local reservist territorial army
  • ESOL for community members on Job Seekers Allowance
  • Development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills for BME parents at a local primary to school to help them support their own children’s education
  • Development of basic skills for members of the MoD who are approaching retirement and who need to up-skill to re-enter the civilian workforce

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