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OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016 Creative commons image Charles Rawding under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2016
The Post Office service which delivers lovers alongside love letters; and what is the Named Person scheme? Free learning from across the day.

Free courses for teachers and student teachers

Free courses for teachers and student teachers Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock
Updated 22 Jun 2016
The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher...

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short, exclusive clip Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old School' are unlike any other mentoring project.

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short video Hairy Biker, Si King, touches on how loneliness is combated in an intergenerational project like 'Old School'.

What does it take to mentor young offenders?

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What does it take to mentor young offenders? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
What are the peaks and challenges that face mentors guiding young offenders? What's in like to mentor generally? Explore in our videos with...

Debate: Should we bring the older and younger generations together more?

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Debate: Should we bring the older and younger generations together more? Copyrighted image Copyright: Yurijj77 info | Dreamstime.com
Updated 25 Apr 2016
Do you feel people are unfairly stereotyped on the basis of age? Do you think the older and younger generations have lack or understanding or...

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

Old School With The Hairy Bikers Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society. Can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day Copyrighted image Copyright: ISFW
Introductory level Updated 14 Mar 2016
March 15th is World Social Work Day. Explore social work in more detail with our range of free resources including interactives and free courses.

Do children exercise less in winter?

Do children exercise less in winter? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
New research suggests that when the weather gets colder, and days shorter, children exercise less.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...