Across its three campuses in Hampshire, Fareham College supported 98 per cent of its students into employment, higher education or work-related learning in 2015-16.
This success was down to a series of teaching, learning and assessment measures. The strategy included a commitment to spend 1 per cent of turnover on staff development, and the holding of an annual “star awards” event to celebrate staff achievement.
Recent teacher-led initiatives have seen the development of innovative projects such as www.teacherstakeaway.co.uk, a website designed to increase the amount of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment. The college’s dedication to staff wellbeing led to it being highly commended in the “most improved” category in the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2017 competition.
The college prides itself on its support for careers education, and 75 per cent of students undertook meaningful, curriculum-relevant work placements during 2016-17.
Its military mentor programme gives young people at risk of becoming Neet (not in education, employment or training) the essential skills for military and uniformed careers, while its civil-engineering training centre connects up to 140 apprentices with dozens of local businesses. The www.fareham.social app is designed to encourage communication among students.
The judges said: “The college has shown an innovative approach to the curriculum and to engaging with industry in a growing area, also adding to the educational provision in the area in a complementary way and growing its market.”