NPTC Group of Colleges has successfully secured a grant to promote activities supporting and developing pedagogies for social mobility for their Higher Education courses.
Working with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Wales as an access partner, the money will be used to fund workshops and develop teaching strategies that will support underrepresented students who are local to the College. The successful grant comes just in time as the College has recently employed a new Widening Participation Officer, Sarah Bonell, who will work with the local community to encourage students from underrepresented background into both Further and Higher Education.
The grant application followed an exciting ‘Pedagogies for Social Mobility Summit’ hosted by HEA Wales, where all partners explored the concept of developing teaching strategies to ensure that HE is available to all, and so, strengthening the links with local communities.
Richard Tong, Assistant Principal for Higher Education, was delighted with the grant success stating that:
“NPTC Group of Colleges is a dynamic and forward-thinking College which is continuously looking to improve pedagogical practices and show how different teaching methods impact on our students; an approach that was recognised by achieving Silver in the UK government’s new ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’.
“The TEF framework in particular highlighted the success the College has in attracting and retaining students from non-traditional backgrounds supporting and inspiring them to realise their potential through higher education study. This successful grant will now help to continue this work.”