Study deal on wheels;FE Focus

20th March 1998 at 00:00
A college in one of the most remote areas of England and Wales has decided to take its courses to the people - with the help of a pound;125,000 classroom-on-wheels.

Up to 12 students can be catered for in the bus where everything from basic-skills training to sophisticated computer courses is on offer. Most students previously had never met their tutors.

Staff at Northumberland College decided to set up the bus after conducting research into how it could provide training for people in isolated areas. The bus took to the road for the first time last week and will operate in areas north of Alnwick up to the Scottish border.

In its first week the bus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art laptop computers, was used for lessons on global communications including the Internet and e-mail.

Patti Budd, the college's director of curriculum, said that this part of Northumberland tied with Powys in Wales as the most thinly-populated area of England and Wales.

She said: "Lack of public transport, unemployment and long travel times to the more populated areas make it very difficult for people in these isolated communities to take advantage of existing learning and guidance services."

Initial fears of poor take-up were quickly overcome as demand may soon outstrip availability.

Cash came from the European Union's Regional Development Fund and Government Competitiveness fund.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now