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Copy of Group Presentation 3

Preston College Ethos and Culture

Ali Harrison

on 16 April 2010

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Ethos and culture @ Preston College …aim to improve students to reach for the stars
…to achieve full potential
..a step stone to a great new future
…gain qualifications for University entry or develop skills to impress future employers

Foreword by Principal Willie Mills
PC student handboook-09/10
PC role today is to help the people of Preston protect themselves against the economic downturn and build a host of skills to enable them to thrive when the economy recovers.

Actively encourage students to aspire towards achieving great things.

Celebrating achievements is central and every opportunity is taken to showcase our students’ successes.

Source-Annual Report 2008/09s
Based on the Skills for Life and Additional Needs Department –Literacy

3 different groups –sub-cultures- a Construction Pathways Diploma, Business Pathways Diploma and a Pre-Pathways Work and Social Skills group.

Catchment area for these learners local Preston and surrounding areas –low to middle income some with Additional Learning Needs –recruited local Special schools.

Ethos and cultures -different –Pre-pathways-no formal exams attendance is key-EMA motivation– slow paced -low ability- process based –social and confidence skills –to function in work and society

The Pathways groups-do exams-continue to higher levels –product based -for exam success and vocational work.
Equal opportunities & Race equality

‘PC seeks to provide equality of opportunity in a way which values people as individuals and treats them with respect and dignity and in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (PC Prospectus09/10)

Others include Health and Safety, Safe guarding learners, Anti-bullying and Tutorial policies among others.
Pick your future……
Be who you want to be…..
Over 400 career & leisure courses to choose from

‘Being a student at PC will open the door to new opportunities and challenges’

PC Prospectus front cover PC is committed to promoting Student Health and Wellbeing – support the ‘Be Healthy’ strand of ECM and a Health and Safety policy.
Safeguarding learners policy and procedures-under current legislature for young people under 18.
Elaborate students services, additional support teams and tutorial programmes.
All learners have an LCM responsible for supporting their progress and welfare.
Student union-students voice
Supportive and vibrant venues-Libraries and learning centres- including E-learning
The Ofsted Report recognised that the College had many key strengths such as high pass rates, good support for learners, staff development and social inclusion, as well as an extensive range of external links and a clear strategic direction.

A huge amount of effort has gone into ensuring the provision meets the need of employers. Full-time students develop skills that make them excellent recruits for local businesses, while employers look to the College to train their existing workforce in new skills.

The College is a key player in economic regeneration and development. According to the 4 functions of culture-PC succeed in providing a common language, criteria for inclusion and exclusion, success and failure and social guidelines.

Summary The College’s report on highlights from the academic year 2008/9.
Performance on all fronts was more than satisfactory, and consistent with the vision we have of
becoming a truly outstanding college by 2012.

Through the efforts of staff in inspiring learners, student success rates on courses at all levels increased.

Links with local schools have been strengthened by collaborative work in developing new Diploma courses for 14-19 year olds.


Whilst our recruitment targets for 2008/09 were challenging, the performance of our employer responsive audience and 16-18 year old school leavers audience was strong. However, the adult learners market continues to be a challenge in the current economic climate. With potential learners researching their best options for training, we have seen great success in our Train to Gain provision. Preston College aims to develop provision that meets the needs of the community.

Annual Report 2008/09 PC has a vibrant and wide range enrichment programme to gain new skills, pursue hobbies, experience new culture, meet new people and make most of their time.

Opportunity to access all these activities at the annual enrichment fair held in the first week at College

Preston College student triumphs with Skillbuild success, which is organised by Construction Skills, the Sector Skills Council for SkillBuild on 22nd April 2009 at Preston College.

Vocational Qualifications achievements day 2009- PC toasted the success of their vocational students with a celebration on 24/06/2009

A student survey -questionnaire-based on NSS
Small scale-one of my groups- Skills for Life
Findings-not taken seriously by some- same number entered for all areas, not a true representation.
Interpretation of the figures-generally students were positive about their college experience rated as 3-5- agree- in most cases-3 for neither- interpreted as low.
Areas common on 3 were -communication/adequate advice on exam criteria, specialised resources when needed, some teaching not made interesting.
3Widening Participation Watch Me 2Preston College role and student succes- 4 Groups & Backgrounds 9 Ofsted say about Preston College... 6 Links to Policies 8 Learner Enrichment 1 Preston College targets 5 Case study 7 6ECM/Inclusion ‘The culture of a college is the key to successful improvement … ’

(Hopkins, Ainscow and West , 1994) 10 Mission Statement
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