South & City College Birmingham has been shortlisted for national recognition in the Best Teaching and Learning Initiative category at the Annual TES (Times Educational Supplement) Further Education Awards 2020. The Awards ceremony takes place in London on the 20 March 2020.
This category recognises a team that has shown exceptional innovation and improvement in the quality of its support to students and in teaching and learning. The award is for the year 2018-19 is open to all further education providers across the UK.
Under the leadership of new Head of School Chrissy Daly and working closely with colleagues in the college’s Quality team, including Director of Quality Sue Gaffey, and curriculum Faculty leads Pauline Harrison and Greg Dugdale, the team re-directed their expertise and passion to redevelop and relaunch their provision. Head of Faculty, Pauline Harrison said that, “It is fantastic to see the hard work, passion and innovation in this team re-ignited to benefit students.”
The team were keen to review and enhance their offer to reflect the changing needs and interests of current and future learners, with a particular focus on students experiencing multiple barriers to learning and progression, in order to access mainstream vocational courses or to move into independent living, supported employment or further training.
Focussing on key areas for improvement through a robust quality improvement plan, helped the team channel their energy into tackling some stubborn issues with attendance and retention of students. The team developed their own strategy and everyone committed to working together with students, parents and guardians to keep learners on track so that they could ultimately progress.
What the team has achieved has had a clear impact on students with 14 having moved on into Supported Internships this year and now undertaking work placements with external employers. The overall success rate for students improved by 35% in one year! The best improvement of any area in the college for many years.
Chrissy Daly, Head of School for Foundation Learning at Bournville says, “The most rewarding thing is to see the students progress and that impacts on the staff who feel motivated, come up with more and more new ideas and who really enjoy supporting students to reach their goals.”
Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Congratulations to all of those who have made the shortlist for the TES FE Awards. The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the brilliant work being carried out every day around the country across the sector.
“You should all be very proud of the work you are doing to support people to develop the skills they need to transform their lives.”
TES FE editor Stephen Exley added: “Making it on to the shortlist is an impressive achievement in itself. We hope you can join us for the awards ceremony to celebrate the life-changing FE sector.”