Bradford College is celebrating after receiving an Association of Colleges' Beacon Award at a presentation ceremony in Westminster on 10 February for its innovative approach to developing and embedding Functional Skills in the curriculum alongside the introduction of the Foundation Learning Diploma.
Bradford College was presented with the OCR Award for Functional Skills by Kevin Brennan MP, Minister of State for Further Education. The Award recognises best practice in the delivery of Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and IT.
The College has worked with a consortium of schools on the development of Functional Skills as part of the Creative and Media Diploma and has also focused on staff training and development. The students clearly benefit from this approach to embedding these skills across the curriculum. The AoC Beacon Award assessors commented on the students' enthusiasm and their enjoyment of the Diploma and Functional Skills programme.
Further Education Minister Kevin Brennan said: "The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the greatest successes of the Further Education sector in responding to the needs of students, local businesses and the communities they serve. Colleges are vital to giving people the skills and qualifications they need and play an important role in creating partnerships with employers. It is right that these institutions are recognised for their hard work."
John Plunkett, Stakeholder Relations Manager at OCR, said: "Bradford College demonstrated its use of embedded learning and the range of the College curriculum to provide good progression opportunities for a diverse student population. We viewed the commitment, enthusiasm, strong leadership and capability of the teaching team dedicated to Functional Skills development as a key strength.
"On the day OCR visited the College an obvious rapport was present between students and staff, who are experienced and respected tutors. The students were extremely articulate and positive about what they did at the College and about the value of learning about Functional Skills that they can use in their work and life situations."
A full list of award winners is available on the AoC website