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The Manchester College commended for its support of students

The Manchester College’s Student Support and Safeguarding Team have been recognised for their student support services by industry representatives the Association of Colleges (AOC).

The College was entered into the Support for Learners category of the AOC Beacon Awards by College Principal Lisa O’Loughlin and received ‘Beacon Award Commended College’ status for demonstrating “a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability”.

The team regularly receive specialised training and work with over 50 separate external agencies and organisations to meet the safeguarding and wellbeing needs of students and, where appropriate, their children and wider families.

Lisa O’Loughlin said: “I want to thank the Student Support and Safeguarding Team for the compassionate and caring work they do with our students every single day. They really make a difference to people’s lives and it’s great to see them being recognised nationally.”

In addition to one-to-one support, students benefit from diverse events that educate them on the consequences of risk taking behaviours and the changing nature of risk.

Some features of our enrichment programme that really have a positive impact on our students include behavioural mentors and human libraries. These innovative approaches allow students access to real people who understand or have experienced the consequences of ‘risk taking’.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, Lord Agnew, said: “The College deserves great credit for how it demonstrated the provision of intensive support to safeguard individuals in challenging circumstances.”

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