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Bournemouth and Poole College

 At Bournemouth and Poole, there are three strands of enrichment within the college.

  • Student-led enrichment that includes clubs and groups like table tennis or games.
  • Cross-college enrichment with trips and activities such as youth social action.
  • Curriculum-based enrichment linked to the world of work and employability.

Each term, enrichment has a key focus. The first term will focus on team building and building up cohorts of students, the second will look at resilience, and the third will celebrate the successes of the year.

The college hosts an annual student conference with workshops, seminars and networking sessions for students to engage with which provides students with the opportunity to experience a professional conference. The Student Exec team run the conference and decides on topical themes for workshops and seminars that change each year. This ensures that the conference is from the students, for the students.

Bournemouth and Poole College have extensive support from the senior leadership team and board who understand the value of enrichment and encourage new and innovative approaches to enrichment. However, direct funding is a challenge. The college’s centralised team ensures that by working closely with curriculum teams they can group students or themes of activities together to avoid duplication of trips and get better rates for bigger groups.

The college has a Youth Social Action Apprentice and this year there have been eight student-led projects delivered including a baby bank collection, raising money and items for a charity and then signing up to volunteer for the day.

Through enrichment, students develop their soft skills, learn to be active members of society, widen their social interactions, and deepen their understanding in their curriculum areas whilst having fun and learning new skills.