Durham New College Tailors Provision to Meet Needs of E2E Students

The Entry to Employment programme at Durham New College enrols learners aged 16-19 throughout the year and had over 100 enrolments in 2008-9. The programme includes core modules on personal and social development, including health and safety, first aid, sexual health and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The sexual health course is accredited at Level 1 with the National Open College Network (NOCN North East Region Level 1 Progression Award). The course comprises six to seven weekly sessions and requires 30 hours of learning time. It includes modules on relationships and sexuality, the law, contraception and STIs, local services and communication. As well as learning about local health services, tutors introduce the facilities available on the college site including a counselling service and sexual health drop-in clinic.

The programme is delivered by one of the E2E tutors and includes specialist input from the college Youth Development Officer. This module is a standard part of the E2E programme as the college recognises that young people on this course may have missed out on sex and relationships education at school. The Youth Development Officer provides a link for E2E learners to participate in college life, for example, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, learners can volunteer to take part in college health events including World AIDS Day.

Progression rates on the E2E course have doubled in the last three years and the recent Ofsted report remarked on the excellent pastoral support for these learners and the good progress they make in developing confidence and social skills (Ofsted 2009).

A tutorial programme covering a broad range of health and well-being topics including bullying, relationships, sexual health, drugs and alcohol is delivered to all learners aged 16-19 in college. Ofsted commented that: 'group tutorials provide excellent personal and social education' (Ofsted 2009).

For more information contact: Julie Seaton, learning development co-ordinator Email: julie.seaton@newdur.ac.uk

More case studies on this theme can be found in the Sex Education Forum briefing Foundation Learning and Apprenticeships (2010).