Newcastle City Learning Citywide

Equalities

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The Newcastle City Learning Code

Newcastle City Learning has a code that we expect all staff and learners to follow as part of our commitment to each other. We are proud of our learning centres. We believe that everyone should be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
• age
• being or becoming a transsexual person
• being married or in a civil partnership
• being pregnant or on maternity leave
• disability
• race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
• religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
• sex
• sexual orientation
These are called ‘protected characteristics’.
You are legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.
If you feel you have suffered from discrimination or have experienced bullying or harassment you can contact your tutor or a manager for help and support.

In 2014 the service was accredited with the Equalities North East Gold award. It has received renewal of the accreditation in June 2016.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy

We are committed to safeguarding vulnerable adults and promoting the welfare of learners. We expect all staff to share this commitment. We want to provide a safe learning environment.

Staff, learners and volunteers are responsible for:

  • Respecting others people's rights to safety.
  • Not hurting or abusing others.
  • Not threatening to hurt or abuse others.

We have a trained Designated Safeguarding Manager who is responsible for all safeguarding matters within Newcastle City Learning. Ask any member of staff for details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prevent Duty

All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their students: Prevent is about safeguarding students to keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The Prevent Duty is not aboutdiscouraging students from having political and religious views and concerns but rather it is about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. Newcastle City Learning is committed to safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm at all times.

Reporting incidents of hate crime

If you believe you have experienced a racist, religious, homophobic or transphobic incident, even if you have no proof, report it to ARCH. ARCH is working to stop hate crime in Newcastle by bringing together different organisations to get the right help for victims, and to take action against the attackers.

Phone free on 0800 032 3288 to report an incident 24 hours a day. You can report something that has happened to you, someone else or about something you have seen. Find out more about ARCH.

E and Qualities Board

NCL has an E & Qualities board which meets monthly and addresses equality issues within the organisation. It includes
• agreement and review of overall performance expectations and identification of gaps both across the service as a whole and by each aspect of our provision
• key plan and goals for further embedding equality and diversity into our curriculum and wider practice
• review and monitoring of Safeguarding (including PREVENT) policy, procedure, action plan and practices
• MATRIX oversight
• Customer Service Excellence oversight

How well are we doing?

OFSTED (the Government body who regulate education) said "The quality of provision is good. Teaching and learning are good. Teaching is generally planned well and tutors use a wide range of effective teaching and learning strategies to motivate learners".

Newcastle City Learning has also holds the Matrix award standard and the Customer Service Excellence award (both successfully reassessed in 2017)

• 99.8% of learners in 2016/17 were satisfied with their tutors’ knowledge of the subject
• 99.4% of learners thought the tutor made the subject area interesting/enjoyable
• 99.1% of learners felt that everyone was treated equally and with respect

Service-wide Equalities targets

 - Continue to embed British Values in teaching and learning
 - Promote the Prevent agenda in T&L
 - Improve achievement for 16-18 (EFA/SFA) to national average
 - Improve male participation to 40% and achievement to 85%
 - Improve achievement rates for learners with dyslexia by 10%
 - Improve retention rates for learners with dyslexia by 4%
 - Improve achievement rates for learners with dyscalculia by 6%
 - Improve achievement rates for learners with Autism by 12%
 - Improve achievement rates for learners with multiple learning difficulties by 11%
 - Transgender- improve accuracy in collecting data
 - Maintain BAME participation at 22%
 - Improve achievement rates for Bangladeshi learners by 3%
 - Improve achievement rates for African learners by 3%
 - Improve recording and collating of data on exact nature of LLDD problems
 - Continue to deliver the Westgate market to ensure all ls participate in developing enterprise skills

Further information on equalities

View Newcastle City Council Equality, Diversity and Citizenship information.

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Get your Learner Handbook now

75Our new Learner Handbook has arrived! Packed with useful information and details of the support that is available, we hope it will help you make the most of your learning experience with us in the new academic year 2017 - 18. Copies are available at our receptions, and will be given out at enrolment and you can download it here too (pdf, 5.07MB)

Enrol from 3rd July 2017

Cover Autumn 17Our new brochure for Autumn 2017 is out on 3rd July and you can download your copy here (pdf, 5.05MB). You can enrol for most of our courses online, and of course, you'll always be welcome in person at one of our centres.

Advanced Learner Loans

learner HE

There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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