Support for Students Award - Barking & Dagenham College Case Study

The Barking and Dagenham innovative ‘Ring of Steel’ of support has been recognised by Ofsted as exemplary practice. This integrated cross-college strategy ensures that every learner is supported.

Our highly skilled team of professionals work in close collaboration with curriculum teams, providing timely targeted intervention and personalised support for all. Roles such as the opportunities coaches and progress coaches play a key part in maximising retention of high risk learners through ongoing coaching techniques like motivational dialogue.

Our pioneering approach to learner support has been highly effective in enhancing the retention, success and progression of students at all levels including SEND, Looked after Children, Care Leavers, Care Experienced, Offenders and Ex-Offenders and learners ‘At-Risk’.

Our ‘Ring of Steel’ is fully embedded into college life: ‘P-Coaches’ deliver tutorials to all 16-18 students from Entry to Level 3 and provide a dual role in the delivery of tutorial and in-class support for theory sessions, working seamlessly with Opportunities Coaches in identifying and supporting ‘At-Risk’ learners.

Our closely linked, carefully managed ‘Ring of Steel’ support services are aligned to provide an extensive and comprehensive support structure, ensuring no learner is left behind.