We recognise that care experienced students may need some extra support to fully participate and be successful in education. We are committed to ensuring that students in and leaving care are fully supported throughout their time at college to successfully achieve and progress.
Working in partnership with local authorities, virtual schools, secondary schools and wider partner agencies, we are able to identify students who are in care, are care experienced and care leavers.
Transition into college can be daunting and working in a multi-agency way we can identify any barriers and begin the transition-into-college process early to enable the learners to adapt. We encourage self-declaration on all our college application forms and at enrolment.
All care experienced students will have a dedicated pastoral welfare officer. This individual will be responsible for providing pastoral and welfare care, monitoring and intervening when barriers or issues arise, and will the main point of contact for anything that the learner needs help with.
We will provide a high quality Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme (STEPS), supporting and adapting to the differing needs of care experienced young people.
We also offer financial support through the Guaranteed Bursary 16 to 19 Bursary Fund: www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
This is an enhanced support package for ages 16-18 of up to £1200 over 36 weeks and 19+ care leavers could get up to £500, plus other benefits such as travel and kit, depending on circumstances.