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Our Strategy

Our Vision
Inspiring people and changing lives through excellence in education and training


College Values
Excellence in everything we do
Respect
for individuals, enabling equality, diversity and inclusivity
Innovation in how we work, develop and continuously improve
Celebration of the success and achievement of our students and staff
Ambition
 for the College and its students to be the best they can
Support for students and staff by providing care and promoting well-being and resilience in a safe and protective environment

Furness College Strategy 2021-2024


Objective 1: Inspire
To inspire individuals through a rewarding, supportive, safe and inclusive environment

Success Factors

  • Through the College’s vision and values, and that of its Multi-Academy Trust, be a driving force in raising aspirations and instilling a passion to improve education across South Cumbria
  • Gauge and act upon the views of stakeholders, and provide easy access for students to provide feedback to ensure the College continuously improves
  • Regularly review the curriculum and develop the team in order that the College meets the current and future skills and employment needs of students, and supports local and regional economic growth
  • Further develop the diverse and inclusive culture to create a positive learning environment which is committed to equality, maintaining a zero-tolerance approach to all harassment and discrimination
  • Develop the resilience of students and staff by actively supporting mental well-being and promoting a culture of openness and understanding which develops positive team-working
  • Advance students’ employability skills and foster a culture of innovation and enterprise, alongside academic and vocational excellence
  • Celebrate the achievement and progress of our students, employers and colleagues, creating a reputation of excellence at local, regional and national level

Objective 2: Succeed
To raise individual aspirations, create opportunities and promote personal development and progression by delivering high-quality inclusive education and training

Success Factors

  • Undertake rigorous self-assessment, set challenging targets for improvement, measure progress and take actions to achieve excellence and improved student outcomes
  • Deliver an exceptional face-to-face and remote learning experience and first-class resources, maximising opportunities to share excellence between campuses and with South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
  • Deliver an innovative and engaging remote learning offer, building on current excellent practice and maximising the emerging demand for online and blended learning programmes
  • Ensure high performance through excellence in teaching, learning and assessment and have high expectations for students by setting aspirational targets, measuring progress and challenging learning, to ensure they achieve their full potential
  • Foster an awareness of the range of aspirational career opportunities by providing information, advice and guidance across South Cumbria and beyond
  • Provide the highest level of support to students in order that they secure successful destinations and achieve their aspirations

Objective 3: Contribute
To contribute to the success of Furness

Success Factors

  • Deliver a flexible, demand-driven and growing programme of training for employers, including apprenticeships and professional courses, and maximise funding opportunities
  • Contribute to and be a collaborative leader in regional economic growth through a high-quality, demand-driven curriculum offer which is developed through actively gauging the needs of individuals and employers
  • Continue to be the lead provider of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills training in Cumbria, whilst promoting creativity and the broadest curriculum offer, including through involvement in wider engagement activities
  • Liaise with employers to maintain a comprehensive student entitlement to high-quality and meaningful industry placements and work-related activities
  • Through the College and its MAT, work closely with local and regional organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, schools, universities and local authorities, and contribute to the development of skills in the workforce and address current and future skills shortages
  • Support the wider community to develop its well-being and economic success
  • Maintain the successful partnership with BAE Systems and other key employers, expanding into new programme areas

Objective 4: Prosper
To be financially successful through efficiency, cost-effectiveness and the delivery of sustained income.

Success Factors

  • Maintain the College’s strong financial health and future prosperity through maximising opportunities to grow income and bringing about the necessary efficiencies in the delivery of the College’s curriculum and services
  • Develop new programmes in line with business need, including apprenticeship standards, T levels and professional programmes, attracting funding and full-cost income
  • Foster a culture of innovation, enterprise and measured risk which leads to demand-driven curriculum development, appropriate diversification, sustained income and improved work practices
  • Focus on partnership opportunities, working with other high-quality providers and employers in the region
  • Continue to invest in the development of the staffing team and cutting-edge facilities and resources to maintain the College as a leader in the provision high-quality education and skills training, both in STEM subjects and the wider creative industries
  • Provide regular and robust performance data to the Corporation, including forecasts, emerging risks and opportunities, enabling the required level of scrutiny to inform leadership actions
  • Promote the College to all employers and the wider community, ensuring they have a good understanding of how the College can positively impact their business

Channelside
Barrow-In-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 2PJ
Rating Lane
Barrow-In-Furness
Cumbria
LA13 9LE
Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
Business Support Tel: 01229 844 836
Email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk
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