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Research/evidence re: benefits of learning outcomes

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Findings from the DfE community education research

Findings and outputs from the research

Back on Track Past Students' Success Stories

Part of the Back on Track box set, this video includes interviews with past students about how Back on Track helped their recovery by enabling them to acheive in learning.

This video is made available on our MHFE YouTube Channel with permission from the Highbury College/Headspace partnership that created Back on Track - thank you to Pam, Sue and the learners who share their stories.

Winning Hearts and Minds

Winning Hearts and Minds is intended to provide you with all the information you need to win over the hearts and minds of managers, practitioners, learners and funders to the idea of 'Prescriptions for Learning.

DfE Community Learning Mental Health Research 2015/16

Official BIS Briefing (October 2015)


  • The Autumn Statement announced £20 million over two years (£5m 2015-16 / £15m 2016-17) to pilot courses to help adults manage mild to moderate mental health problems.
  • We invited bids from directly-funded Community Learning providers (mostly Local Authority adult education services and FE colleges), which developed their proposals in conjunction with local mental health partners.

Recipe for Success - Advanced Techniques

This extract from the Recipe for Success e-resource contains our initial analysis and conclusions based what we learned by working with the group of FE colleges who contributed to the resource.

Continuing the recipes analogy we had used to review and present different colleges ideas and provision,  we explored key ingredients (or components) that appeared to be shared across all of the colleges and then examined some of the issues that providers are currently facing.  

Recipe for Success - Hackney Community College

Image showing the cover of Hackney Community College section in Cooking up a Storm

This page contains  Hackney Community College's recipe and additional information from the college as part of the Recipe for Success e-resource

Back on Track Current Learners' Stories (2010)

This second Back on Track video from the Highbury College/Headspace partnership in Portsmouth includes interviews with:

Back on Track: Using the QCF to fund provision for students with mental health difficulties

Using the QCF to fund Mental Health Projects - supporting students with mental health difficulties

Powerpoint presentation given at the AOSEC Learner Support Services (IAG) Network meeting at West Kent College on 10.5.2011.

This presentation is part of  the LSIS/Highbury College/NIACE initiative to further support young people and adults with mental health difficulties in further education.

Transformation Fund: Disabled learners

This is one of  9 supplementary reports about projects funded in 2009/10 as part of the Labour government's £20 million ‘Transformation Fund’ (TF) to support innovative informal adult and community learning projects across England. Each report captures  outcomes for different learners, in different settings, enagaged in all sorts of learning opportunities. More than a million people participated in a wide variety of learning activities.  


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