Kate Parker

How FE is giving homeless learners a second chance

Colleges and charities are joining forces to provide bespoke courses for people on the streets, enabling them to gain the skills and qualifications they need to get their lives back on track. Kate Parker reports

How FE is giving homeless learners a second chance

A year ago, Paul was living on the streets. Every morning, at around 8.30am, from a secluded corner at the top of the high street, he would watch dozens of teenagers pile off the city bus and head into the local further education college.

Seeing the students, Paul would think about his own lack of qualifications and imagine how different life might be if the circumstances surrounding his education had been different.

A year later, Paul no longer sits and watches the students go into college every day – he is too busy going to college himself.

Paul’s story may seem unusual, even ...

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