Estranged learners

Understanding the barriers to higher education

This project is led by GB Met to develop support for young learners in Sussex who are estranged from their families.  Family estrangement occurs when contact is cut off between family members, it is important to note that this differs from young people who are under the care of and support from a local authority.  The project is a development of the GB Met led research project which aimed to get a better understanding of the barriers young people living in supported accommodation services face accessing higher education (see case study for further information).

The research generated ideas for improving practice and this subsequent project aims to enact those recommendations to improve the experience of young people who are estranged from their families when trying to access and be successful in higher education. The project is working with Stand Alone to support educational organisations offering HE to sign up to the Stand Alone pledge supporting estranged learners.  We are also providing CPD for practitioners supporting estranged learners to understand more about the needs and support these learners may need.  

We have compiled a directory of contacts in education settings across Sussex with named staff who have responsibility for supporting estranged learners which can be accessed here.

Partners:  GB Met

Funding source: Uni Connect (Innovation Fund)

SLN contact: Debra Vice-Holt

Duration: January 2019 to current day

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