The College Student Services, Personal Tutors, Learning Mentors and Counsellors are here to support you with those problems...no matter how big or small.
student progress officers (SPO)
Every student has a SPO assigned to them as they are here to help you stay on track and achieve your potential. You will have a 1:1 meeting each half term with your SPO. The purpose is to check on progress against your target grades and what can you do to achieve these.
'Check-in' happens once a week with a member of the SPO team. It provides everything you need to know about what's going on in College and helps you to settle in. Support and guidance is offered so that you make the very best of your experience with us.
These sessions are crucial to your success at College. It is vital for you to attend and we will consistently chase up absences if we have not been informed of a students absence.
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLAN (ILP)
Your Individual Learning Plan is your personal, on-line record of information relevant to your work at College. You can log-in to your ILP to see your timetable, attendance, exam entries and records of your discussions with your tutor and your individual subject teachers. You should use your ILP to check your progress and your attendance record on a weekly basis.
There may be times when you are experiencing a difficult situation, have work issues, relationship problems, bereavement, depression or anxiety. The Student Services team, based in Room 15, are able to give objective and confidential advice about a wide range of issues, regardless of whether the problem is related to personal circumstances or College studies. If you have concerns about housing, finance, benefits, course fees, child care, home or work issues, transport or employment there is someone here to help you through it.
The College offers a referral system to counselling services to promote the health and wellbeing of all students. We are fortunate to have the services of independent counsellors on-site on a regular basis.
The mentoring service is for students who are struggling to progress with their courses for specific reasons. Your teacher or 'check-in' tutor might recommend you for specialist mentoring. This service is run by Alison Ray and based in Student Services.
Arrangements can be made to cater for the needs of individual students during examinations. Your claim will be submitted to the examinations board(s) and will need to be supported by medical evidence or a report from an educational psychologist. If you qualify, examination support might include extra time, a reader, a scribe, use of a word processor or full amanuensis.
Safeguarding & Prevent
Portsmouth College recognises that the Governors, members of staff and students have a statutory and moral duty to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults receiving education, training and care at the College. The College’s policy is that the safeguarding of all of its people will be central to all that it does. This covers all matters connected with learners and staff having a safe learning and/or working environment, ensuring that they know how to keep safe and that they feel safe. It is also concerned with the legal duty to report any instances in which there are grounds to suspect a child or vulnerable adult is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
The College Aims to:
- Provide a safe environment for all learners
- Promote safe practices and challenge poor and unsafe practices
- Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult and take appropriate action to keep them safe
- Aid the identification of children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of significant harm and provide procedures for reporting concerns
- Prevent unsuitable people working with any of our learners
- Train staff through induction and inset to safeguard all learners
- Develop a culture in which both learners and staff are aware of the actions they need to take to become and remain safe
- Contribute to effective partnership working between all those providing services for children
- Inform parents and carers that the College has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and, that in order to do this, we may need to share information with other agencies
- Look for signs of potential radicalisation of young people; train staff appropriately and report as per the “Prevent” agenda.
All staff working at Portsmouth College must be familiar with, and follow, the College’s procedures and protocols for the safeguarding and welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the College, and know who to contact to express any relevant concerns. They should also be aware of additional policies such as Health and Safety Policy, procedures for dealing with incidents, first aid arrangements and mechanisms for protection of information and data.
If you, as a student at the College have any concern about your well being, safety or rights, then you should:
- Talk to your Teacher
- Talk to a member of the Room 15 team
- Contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads- see below.
Simon Barrable - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sue Churches - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Adam Court - Safeguarding Officer
Leah Kirk - Safeguarding Officer
The Room 15 Wellbeing Team
If you are a parent / carer, or a member of the public, and are concerned about the welfare, safety or rights of a student at the College, then you should contact one of the designated safeguarding officers above.