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Free Thinking

The Northern College Free Thinking Programme:
Education for the survivors of Modern Slavery

Northern College in South Yorkshire has launched a pioneering 'Free Thinking Programme'; this programme, the first of its kind in the UK, will prepare survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery for living and working in the UK. Adult survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery have very little or no access to further education. This lack of access to education could be a significant factor in their re-entry into human trafficking or exploitative work.

Northern College's response has been to develop the 'Free Thinking Programme' for students who have experienced significant trauma through modern slavery and human trafficking. The students will stay at the college for short intensive periods, in a supportive learning environment which allows them to focus on a future of freedom either in the UK or in their country of origin.

About Northern College

Northern College is dedicated to transforming the lives of men and women who are seeking to return to learning and employment through social purpose education. We are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. We also provide training for those who are active in community and voluntary groups.

Northern College is committed to equal opportunities for all, and offers an outstanding learning environment in a residential setting, with a high level of support which enables students to make maximum use of their time and the facilities available.

It has a national reputation for excellence and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted.

We are primarily an adult learning provider with a specialism in working with harder to reach groups and those at some distance from the labour market, as well as in skilling the volunteers and professionals who support them. We offer one-off, non-accredited, residential short courses as well as accredited courses.

We encourage all our students' digital literacy skills by embedding IT in our courses through the use of i-Pads and the students own devices. We emphasize that education is available to all students and endeavour to provide students with chances to fulfil their potential. There is also the potential for courses that last longer and provide nationally recognised qualifications.

Northern College
Wentworth Castle
Stainborough Barnsley
South Yorkshire S75 3ET
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The Northern College for Residential Adult Education Ltd is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 1339524.
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