Cambridge Regional College achieves AoC Beacon Standard


Tuesday 22 January 2019



Cambridge Regional College (CRC) has received high recognition for its work with Looked After Children, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Care Leavers; having been acknowledged as a Beacon Commended College for its innovative and appropriate wraparound support programme.

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK FE colleges. It is awarded by the Association of Colleges; the national representative body for further education, sixth form and specialist colleges.

CRC’s programme of support is designed to ensure that barriers do not hold students back from achieving their potential. Wraparound support for Looked After Children studying at Cambridge Regional College includes early enrolments, corporate parenting events, bespoke taster sessions and individual career development plans. The College has also tackled a hidden but prevalent barrier for Looked After Children whereby past experiences and immigration statuses, have prevented access to crucial work-related opportunities.

Supported students are provided with one-to-one support throughout their College journey, either from a designated Careers Advisor or the Looked After Children Coordinator, Sarah-Jo Jefford, giving them the opportunity to explore their options and enabling them to leave CRC equipped with the skills employers demand.

Emily Bennett, Director of Student Support Services at CRC, said: “Cambridge Regional College is committed to transforming the lives of every student and ensuring that those who have some of the biggest barriers to overcome are supported to achieve.”