Supporting disabled learners to realise their potential: improving disabled learners’ progression through learning in colleges
Recent ECU research highlights that disabled learners in colleges are not progressing as well through SCQF learning levels as non-disabled learners.
ECU commissioned Lead Scotland to:
- find out why disabled learners are not progressing through learning levels as well as non-disabled learners
- identify the learning barriers that disabled college learners experience
- develop recommendations to support colleges in the development of relevant policy and practice to effectively support disabled learners.
Lead Scotland conducted a survey for learners, and a separate survey for parents/carers. 141 learners and 107 parents/carers responded to the surveys.
Follow-up interviews were conducted with 14 parents/carers and 15 learners to allow them to discuss their experiences in more details. Two parents also took part in a focus group discussion.
A telephone interview was also conducted with PAMIS (a voluntary sector organisation working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families). Written comments from the Head Teacher of a special school, and Share Scotland (a voluntary sector organisation operating the ‘Moving on Transition Service’) were also received.
The full report can be found here.
Lead Scotland highlighted a range of key recommendations arising from the research