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Blackburn College has developed a set of policies and statements, procedures and other documents that describe how it operates to meet regulation requirements, improve the student experience and governance.

Policies and procedures are monitored and regularly reviewed.

Policies and Procedures for Conducting College Business

Policies and Procedures Relating to Academic Services

Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Services

Policies and Procedures Relating to Human Resources

Details about current vacancies are available on the jobs and vacancies page, and are advertised in local and national press.

Policies and Procedures Relating to Governance

Freedom of Speech

Equality and Diversity

Health and Safety

Compliments and Complaints Procedure

Records Management and Personal Data Policies

Charging Regimes and Policies

Freedom of Information: Much of our information is available free of charge. However because of the costs involved in locating or copying what you need, Blackburn College retains the right granted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to charge fees where necessary and these will be in accordance with the Act and any other relevant legislation.

Where compilation of data is in our view particularly onerous it will be our intention to charge an additional sum of £25 per person hour to cover locating documents, copying and postage (up to a maximum of £450 as defined by the Act.) As soon as it is established that a charge will be sought, this will be advised to the requester for approval before any further work is undertaken.

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Gender Pay Gap Reports

Trade Union Facility Time Data

16 to 19 Tuition Fund Statement

The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund is a Government initiative which mitigates the disruption to learning caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding is provided to support small group tuition for 16-19-year-old students in English, Maths and other courses where learning has been disrupted.

Blackburn College will be providing mandatory extra tuition sessions for eligible students over the course of the academic year. Eligible students who meet Government guidelines are those aged 16 to 19 on a full-time study programme who did not have a grade 4 English and/or Maths GCSE at the age of 16. Young people aged 19 to 24 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will also be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund, as will students who have achieved a grade 4 but live in certain postcodes (top 27% most economically deprived areas).

There may be some scope for students who have gained grade 4 in their Maths and English GCSEs to receive some limited tuition sessions, however, as per the Government scheme, students who have yet to gain a grade 4 GCSE in their Maths or English qualifications will be prioritised. For students outside of the eligible criteria any tuition sessions will be based on base line assessment data and will be at the College’s discretion.

Tuition sessions will be timetabled throughout the course of the year and eligible students will receive tuition sessions based on their needs – these will be assessed at the start of the programme and throughout the year. The majority of Blackburn College tuition will be for the development of Maths and English skills, but tuition for the development of a study programme and/or personal development skills may also form part of the tuition programme depending on the needs of the individual. In addition, Blackburn College is offering catch-up sessions for selected students on Technical and Vocational courses.

Tuition sessions will be small group sessions only, with no more than seven students in each group. Most sessions will be an additional one hour session timetabled at regular intervals throughout a student’s timetable. There may also be additional tutorial sessions at key points throughout the year, such as prior to assessments or exams.

These sessions will be in place to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from Coronavirus and to support a student in order to develop their skills which they need to progress through College or into a workplace environment. They will be mandatory and every effort needs to be made to attend the College’s extra support sessions.

Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual needs assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.

Our commitment

The College is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:

  • producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
  • publishing this guidance on the College website
  • recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided
  • delivery the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds during the current academic year
  • notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed