Blackburn College receive an Investing in Children Membership Award

Investing in Children Membership AwardBlackburn College has become the first College in the North West to receive an Investing in Children Membership Award which recognises and celebrates imaginative and inclusive practice linked to Student Voice, engagement and student participation. 

Recognised by Ofsted as a Good Practice Resource, full-time Further Education students at Blackburn College have been contributing through Student Voice activities during the 2017/2018 academic year.

Students have been highlighting issues important to the wider student body helping to shape positive change at Blackburn College whilst also participating in fundraising events and staff recruitment.

Lecturer Gretel Redwood said: “This scheme has provided Further Education students with the opportunity to complete a variety of participation activities and to influence decision making within Blackburn College.

“Students have participated in Student Voice activities by providing feedback to their student representative and have also been involved in the recruitment for appointing the Executive Dean of Higher Education at the University Centre at Blackburn College.”

Student representatives from Further Education programmes at Blackburn College attend monthly Board of Studies meetings where they are able to share their peers’ feedback on teaching and learning across the College.

Improvements made as a result of student feedback include the opening of more student social spaces, replacing laptops and providing additional computers to support student learning.

Blackburn College’s Employability and Progression Programme was set up in response to students wishing to broaden their skill sets and increase employability. Students learnt about networking, Apprenticeships, interviews and assessments.

As part of the scheme, students also visited Cummins Mellor Recruitment, attended guest lectures and were interviewed by local employers who advised them on communication and presentation skills.

Two library committees have also been set up in response to student feedback. The committees ensure that stock within Further Education and Higher Education libraries remain up-to-date and relevant to student needs.

Re-useable cups and water fountains have also been made available to students to address sustainability.

Andrew Pickles, Assistant Principal for Student Support and Engagement at Blackburn College said: “This is a very positive achievement as we are the first college in the North West to receive the award.

“Blackburn College will be officially presented with the award in September 2018 and we would like to thank all staff and students that have been involved.”

Gretel added: “The students agreed along with the Investing in Children assessor that Blackburn College should receive this award – having their mark of approval is what makes it so special.”



23 Jul 2018, 09:38 AM

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