Hereward College News

Monday, 27 February 2012

Outstanding Performance Indicator Scores for Hereward College!

FE Choices (formerly Framework for Excellence) have recently released the performance indicator scores for 2009/2010/2011. The publication updates the information available on Success Rates and Learner Satisfaction.

FE Choices is the official site for comparing the performance of further education colleges and other organisations that receive Government funding to educate and train people over the age of 16.

Geoff Russell, Chief Executive Skills Funding Agency, said:
"The publication of FE Choices is an important feature of the Government’s approach to working in partnership with the sector to develop a new sector-led FE Public Information framework.

"This information will allow learners and employers to make informed choices about which course or provider will best meet their learning needs. It will also provide valuable information to help providers assess their performance against others in the sector and to improve their quality and services." 

The data below shows how we compare with the FE colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire:

 Organisation Name
FE long courses
The percentage of qualifications successfully achieved in the full year 2009/10
Learner satisfaction
How learners rated this organisation during 2010/11
Hereward College of Further Education
8.4 out of 10
City College, Coventry
8.2 out of 10
Henley College Coventry
8.2 out of 10
Warwickshire College
7.8 out of 10
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
7.8 out of 10
Stratford Upon Avon College
7.9 out of 10

From the data provided, it can be seen that Hereward College has the highest rate of qualifications successfully achieved for FE long courses, with 86.2% learners passing their courses (6th overall out of all General FE Colleges in UK). 

Jac Wales, Vice Principal (Quality and Curriculum), had the following to say:
‘This is a great result and shows that our learners receive first class education and training and achieve their goals at Hereward. We have excellent success rates as a result of the commitment and effort we put into sustained improvements in student support and teaching and learning methods.‘

Moreover, Hereward highly values its reputation as a provider of a caring, learning environment where students’ individual needs are the highest priorities (hence the tagline: Promoting Individual achievement). The reputation is highlighted by the 8.4/10 learner satisfaction (which is well above the national average and highest among FE colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire) and by our latest Ofsted Report. Both Investors in People and our students have praised the strong guidance and support for students from our enthusiastic, helpful and friendly staff  and the opportunities offered to develop the skills they need to become as independent as possible.

Jon Clugston, Vice Principal (Student Independence and Transition) wanted to add that:
‘Hereward is committed to making our courses as rewarding as possible. When students look back on their college days, we want them to remember them as amongst the best days of their lives, where they managed to achieve their qualifications, while making lots of friends and gaining the skills and confidence needed to start the journey on their chosen career.’

Hereward College is still recruiting for a range of courses starting in September 2012, so don’t hesitate to look at our prospectus and apply as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

From hating school to teacher training: one student says how Hereward College changed his outlook on education

A Hereward College student, Martin Berisford has spoken passionately about how a specialist college has changed his life. Martin admits that his school experience was poor, but Hereward College has had such a positive impact he wants to make a difference to others by teaching adult learners.

Martin says that his school was unfortunately ill equipped to support his needs. He was not always able to communicate well and to understand instructions from his teachers and the tuition he needed could not always be given. All in all, his educational experiences up until joining Hereward College had been very negative saying “I felt quite detached from everything”.

Hereward College, located in Coventry, is very different from most secondary schools and other colleges. In addition to offering a range of academic and vocational courses it prioritises independence skills in its curriculum, so that students can become more active members of society and can manage future challenges.

Upon starting at the college, Martin immediately sensed that Hereward was very different from his school environment. His new class contained only six other pupils, compared with over 25 at school. This provided a much better place for him to learn because he received more support from teachers “The staff were friendly, approachable and quick to offer a hand” and a calmer environment allowed him to focus on his work.

Like many students at other colleges across the country, Martin has also been given valuable work experience opportunities. Once a week he works in the technical resource department at Hereward College and has supported its Human Resources staff.

These placements will help him in landing his dream job in education but in the meantime he has secured a place on the PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector). Reflecting on his achievements on training to teach adult learners, Martin says “In a few short weeks, I will be doing a micro-lesson to a class. I’m nervous, yes but excited. It is another achievement. I can’t believe I have come this far.”

This article has been written in collaboration with Further Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) . The Further Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) has been established as a sector-led group, to enhance the national reputation of further education (FE).  Their vision is for the FE sector to be recognised nationally, regionally and locally as a confident and high performing sector and as the powerhouse for delivering the skills that are needed to sustain an advanced and competitive economy.

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For Hereward College Students!

We need your help to make this year’s Leavers’ Ceremony bigger than ever! As you might have heard, Jenna Kearns (Louiisee), a student at Hereward College, will be performing a song about ‘Life at Hereward’ which was written by her!
She will need your help, though, and here’s how you can help. While Jenna will be singing, a big screen will be displaying pictures of students during their lessons or during their leisure time at college. That’s why we need you to send us all your pictures during lessons or while you’re having fun with your student mates! Pictures should be sent to

Don’t hesitate and help us make this year’s ceremony something special!

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