Sheffield College gets quality mark for student support

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The Sheffield College has received a national quality mark for its commitment to supporting young people in care.

The Buttle UK Quality Mark For Care Leavers recognises the commitment of colleges and universities supporting young people who are either in or leaving care.

There is about 60 young people who are in care or who have left care studying at The Sheffield College.

To receive its quality mark, the college had to demonstrate it has a robust strategy in place to ensure that students from a care background can access educational, financial and pastoral support.

Bill Jones, executive director of student experience at The Sheffield College, said staff were delighted with the award.

He said: “Young people either in care or leaving care face huge challenges that can have a significant and adverse impact on their attendance, concentration and performance at school and college – which then affects their long term success.

“Often lacking family support, suffering financial disadvantage and struggling to find somewhere to live, applying for and succeeding within education is a real achievement.”