Support for Students Award Keighley College Case Study

Keighley College embraces new approaches to support students. Central to this was the ‘I’m in’ campaign which focuses upon restorative practice and changing the culture of the college.

To support our students we introduced Student Relationship Officers (SROs) who refer to themselves as ‘Mum and Dad’ of the college. Students are greeted each morning by the SROs and the new college dog Chummie. A free breakfast is offered to all students regardless of age or mode of delivery.

The behaviour of students has improved significantly. Attendance rates have improved by 8%, as SROs follow students with poor records. Chummie brings a smile to student and staff faces each morning, especially those with mental health needs. SROs run a variety of events throughout the week including team challenge.

The college through SROs will further develop enrichment activities through New Opportunities Funding to enhance learning experiences. A focus will be placed upon students from deprivation postcodes with low aspirations. Chummie will continue to write his blog encouraging students to participate in new opportunities and support the new wellbeing group.

We are proud to announce that through innovative approaches achievement rates have improved by 5% and survey results show our students are very happy.