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Learners and their demographic characteristics/social and economic circumstances

The personal circumstances of each learner which may influence their learning and the barriers people may experience in being able to access and/or succeed in learning and skills. They include:
Demographic characteristics (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity, disability, faith, sexual orientation, being a carer)
Their social circiumstances (e.g. relationships and social capital, housing, legal status, etc)
Their economic circumstances (e.g. employment status, income, welfare benefits, debt)

Be sure to catch festival follow ups: They include mental health

Over the next 2 months, the home pages on this MHFE website and the equalitiestoolkit and healthy FE websites will contain a series of different Festival of #Identities follow-up box sets. Each explores a different aspect of identities through a pan-equalities lens and will be on show for 10 days only.

Refugee wellbeing and mental health 12.30 on 1 July 2016

Will you be joining colleagues who have already booked to attend 'Refugee wellbeing and mental health' online session Friday 1 July 2016, from 12.30-1.30pm?

Book now for free at: https://refugee_mental_health.eventbrite.co.uk

My Work With MHFE

I first saw a link to the MHFE virtual secondees project on the NSUN (that’s National Survivor User Network) mailing and was really interested. I am a mental health service user, but had 6 years experience teaching in FE and HE. Funnily enough, I think it was the stress of this work that pushed me to breaking point! I became ill with stress and then after I lost my job my condition deteriorated. As part of my own recovery I completed an MA and then just last year finished an NVQ in Beauty therapy.

Overcoming Barriers Barnsley MIND Video

Rotherham and Barnsley MIND in association with Northern College have produced a short humorous video depicting the first visit to college for a student who has mental health problems. The video, featuring members of MIND and Northern College students, shows, through Michelle's eyes, her first few hours at college and some of the barriers she overcomes.

This film was a small part of the MHFE virtual secondee project and sought to involve learners with mental health problems in identifying and overcoming barriers to returning to learning and encourage others to do so.

Effective learning opportunities for Young Adult Carers

Research conducted by NIACE and others, and widespread anecdotal evidence, suggests that young adult carers are prevented from effectively engaging in learning as a direct result of their caring responsibilities.  The consequences of this are severe, both at an individual level, for society and the economy.

New NIACE survey finds disabled learners at risk

Following concerns earlier this year from learning providers , NIACE conducted a survey to establish a clearer picture of changes in provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and  entitlements to learn and planned changes in eligibility for automatic fee remission.

Shift website and resources

This link will take you to the main Shift website. Shift  was set up in 2004  to tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues in England. It  built on the mind out for mental health campaign, which ran from 2001 to April 2004 and was part of the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU). NMHDU and Shift ceased on 31st March 2011.

Shift's work and the resources it produced focused on the following:


Key useful resources produced included:

Take Ten People (TTP): ten people's stories

Archived resource

Part of the Take Ten People box set - a collection of resources designed to support:

DfE Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability'

Described as 'the biggest programme of reform in the education and health support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities in 30 years, this much awaited Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability' was published today for consultation. It seeks to address:


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