The College of North East London is to be featured in a film as part of a project by Haringey Council. The project, aimed at asylum seekers, refugees and people arriving into Haringey, is being funded by the European Refugee Council.

The aim of the film, being made by the Film and Video Workshop - an Educational Charity Video Production company, is to introduce services and primary, secondary and further education available in the borough.

As well as focusing on the various routes into Further Education, the film will feature support provided by local government and government organisations such as Jobcentre plus, Connexions and the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS). As well as funding available from Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA), Minor Awards and other training and financial support.

The film will be produced in a variety of languages including Kurdish, Somali, Turkish, French and Arabic.

The film crew are currently visiting CONEL to film the college facilities such as the library, sports centre, student union and the restaurant, and the learners attending classes. They will focus on the English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), creative studies, hairdressing and construction schools. The film will allow viewers to see the range of courses available to them at the college, as well as getting a feel for the environment and atmosphere. It will also demonstrate the colleges commitment to including all members of society, as it will give examples of students currently attending the college who are from the same background, race, ethnicity and religion as many refugees and asylum seekers.

The School of ESOL is of particular interest to asylum seekers and refugees. This video is a really worthwhile project for young people and their parents, as it will help them make decisions about their present and future educational needs. As the main provider of further education in the borough, it clearly makes sense for CONEL, and the School of ESOL in particular, to be involved and to give these young people the chance to have some idea of the range of provision we have on offer says Bob Eagles, Head of School of ESOL.

The DVD and Video will be released in September and will be made available to people via jobcentres, public libraries, schools, community centres and borough offices. DVD players will be supplied by the project to show the film to people when visiting these places.

Notes to Editors:


  1. For further information on courses offered by CONEL, please visit
  2. For further information on services offered by the Jobcentre Plus, please visit
  3. For more information on the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS), please visit
  4. For further information or guidance as to the qualification requirements for EMA and Minor Awards, please contact Haringey Local Education Authority (LEA) on 020 8489 0000.
  5. For further information on the Film and Video workshop please visit


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