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Second Chance Learning

About Us


The Second Chance Learning Academy (SCLA) is run by women committed to making a real difference in people's lives.

We are committed to enabling second chance learners to thrive - those held back, or set back, by personal challenges, barriers, circumstances or environment.

We collaborate with organisations to improve holistic wellbeing - personal wellbeing - health wellbeing - social wellbeing - financial wellbeing. 


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Board of Directors

Beverley Burton – Founder and Lead Trainer 

Beverley brings vast experience of successful work in education and in the community with second chance learners of all ages and backgrounds. She realised many years ago that knowledge and skills are important, but they don't make the real difference in individuals reaching their potential and thriving. She recognised that Thinking, Attitudes and Behaviours made the real difference and developed the equipped2succeed programmes to enable people to develop these essential characteristics. Beverley has also developed the equipped2succeed Facilitator Training programme which is helping organisations to improve their positive impact. 

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Debbie Clarke 

Founder - debbiedooddah. Debbie's passion is supporting women to build profit-making businesses. She works specifcally with with women in business on digital and social media strategy but does so much more in her coaching and training - working with women on money mindset, confidence, packaging, getting out of your own way, time management, building a brand, creating content, developing a voice, building relationships.

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Harriet Bacon

Harriet has extensive experience in the health and fitness industry in the UK and Australia and has developed the specific health and wellbeing elements of our equipped2succeed programmes. Her project and financial management skills have also enabled her to lead the development of our financial wellbeing workshops. From professional and personal experience, Harriet truly understands the importance of having the tools to maintain holistic wellbeing in order to achieve goals and thrive. 


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Zahra Butt  

ABA Boxing Coach and Health Coach. Zahra believes in holistically developing Emotional, Physical Health and Wellbeing .  

After overcoming Depression, Obesity, PCOS and Endometriosis she has totally transformed her life and specialises in empowering women to reach their full potential in life. Zahra joined our board after seeing the transformation in women during an equipped2succeed for Health and Wellbeing Women's Programme. 

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Advisory Board 

SCLA Advisory Board - respresent diverse communities and communities of need and are committed to our vision and purpose and informing our work 

Karen Simpson – Chair – Lead – Schools

Olivia Wood – Vice-Chair 


Shagufta Ishaq Ahmed – Prommoting equipped2succeed in the community 

Monica Kerr – Lead – e2s Faciliator Associate Network and Mental Health

Damilola Akinsola - Previous SCLA Intern and Ambassador for Employability 

Oley Ceesay - SCLA Intern and Coordinator for e2s Second Chance Friday Network for past equipped2succeed participants in Nottingham. 

Alya Jameel - SCLA Intern - working on implementing equipped2succeed programmes for teenage girls in Nottingham 

Evie India Szpuk - SCLA Intern - Drama Therapy Student supporting development of programmes for girls and young women.



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