Care Experienced Students

Barton Peveril College is committed to providing a learning environment that is considerate to the circumstances of our care experienced students, supportive in overcoming any barriers to learning but also challenging to ensure all of our students achieve their academic potential.

Transition process

As part of the transition process from school to College, we work closely with the associated virtual schools to identify applicants who are then interviewed and supported through the process by our designated teacher.

Where possible we attend the final Year 11 PEP meeting of applicants to offer guidance on post-16 choices and ensure transition information is clear and understood. This support continues through Taster Days, pre-visits and then Enrolment to make sure that all relevant support is in place for the start of the First Year at College.

We are developing partnerships and pathways for our care-experienced students from local virtual schools through to our excellent local higher education providers whilst also supporting our young people if they choose to explore options further afield.

Financial support

There are two forms of bursary for 16 to 19 year olds that the Government provides via the College. The Guaranteed Bursary is an annual sum of £1,200 paid to care leavers or learners who are looked after by the Local Authority. This is allocated towards travel expenses and then six half termly payments which can be incentivised by attendance and progress if necessary.

There is also a Discretionary Fund that can be used for subject specific materials, contributions towards trips etc as well as funding requests made through virtual colleges and children’s services.

We also signpost to ‘free college meals’ provided by the local authority.

Student support

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who they see weekly. The allocated Student Progress Advisor, who has a role similar to a year leader, is also the designated teacher in College. This is to ensure continuity of care throughout the process of applying to the College, completing studies and then moving to a positive destination post-College.

In partnership with virtual colleges, we follow a monitoring process that can involve post-16 PEP meetings and regular feedback opportunities, particularly at key moments in the year such as following assessment points.

Pastoral support

The College has a strong ‘Health and Wellbeing’ team that includes a Counselling Team, Nurse and other associated partners that support care-experienced students when necessary. This may include negotiating the impact of trauma or mental health or signposting to other agencies with more nuanced experience and support available.

Careers support

Our careers team can be accessed throughout a student’s time at college and can support students in investigating a range of destinations following the completion of level 3 qualifications. They can also facilitate work experience and provide a range of services supporting UCAS applications, advising on the nuances of progression. We have a designated member of the team to support care experienced students. All first year care experienced students are invited to a careers meeting in their first half term for an introduction to the service and an early insight into future plans.

COLLEGE CONTACT

Steve Froud fulfils the role of the college’s designated teacher. Steve is the point of contact for students both prior to enrolment and throughout their time at the College. You can contact Steve on sof@barton.ac.uk or 02380 367200.

NNECL

The College is a member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers. Partnering with NNECL, the College is committed to supporting care experienced students through further education and onto a positive destination. Barton Peveril has been awarded NNECL’s Quality Mark accreditation for our work with care experienced students.

“NNECL was delighted to work with Barton Peveril College, one of the first sixth form colleges to achieve our Quality Mark. The College provides a high level of personalised, all-round support for care experienced students, taking into account their individual needs and aspirations.”
– Patricia Ambrose, NNECL Director”

USEFUL LINKS

If you need help completing these forms please contact sof@barton.ac.uk or call 02380 367200.

Moving on Up Network

Barton Peveril is now a member of the ‘Moving on Up Network’, accessing resources and opportunities for our care leaving students considering apprenticeships as their post-college destination.

USEFUL LINKS

Moving on Up Network: Amazing Apprenticeships

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