Hartlepool College helping students get into further education

College head of Engineering Michael Casey uses the Big Picture in a tutorial session
College head of Engineering Michael Casey uses the Big Picture in a tutorial session

A COLLEGE has become one of only two in the region to win a contract to help more people into further 

Hartlepool College of Further Education has won funding to carry out projects which encourage more people to go into further education.

The six-month project has been awarded a grant from the Equality and diversity good practice fund, which is provided by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and managed by Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Thirty projects have been awarded funding.

All the projects will be working directly with learners, making sure their voices and experiences are reflected and their needs are met.

Hartlepool College’s project is called Sharing the Big Picture and it is used to encourage debate and discussion on a range of issues.

They include the Scottish Referendum, the conflict in Syria; the Holocaust and Ebola.

The resource won praise by Ofsted who visited the college in April last year.

Steve Wallis, who is the assistant principal for Curriculum & Standards at the college said: “The Big Picture is a poster campaign, created by Gary Kester in our media team.”

He said its aim was “to support the embedding of equality and diversity in our curriculum”.

“Gary changes the theme monthly and the resources are also uploaded to our digital learning platform for use in tutorials and lectures where appropriate.

“The posters are highly professional and thought provoking; the project is now allowing us to build a dedicated website from which we will disseminate the resource