Everything we do has a learner focus, and our core values are:
- Responsibility and Accountability
Our Public Values Statement:
Croydon College is ambitious for its community and seeks to provide outstanding education and training opportunities for all. We strive to raise aspirations and change lives of the people living, working and learning around us. Our focus is on actively working in partnership to invest, grow and shape the services within our community, supporting economic growth through delivering skills for employment and enterprise.
These college values were proposed and agreed in consultation with students, staff and governors to reflect the values which are most important to the college community.
The British Values:
In 2011 the Government set out their definition of British Values as part of the Prevent Strategy. In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in modern Britain.
The British values are as follows:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
These new regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all educational institutions. Croydon College works to promote the Prevent Agenda and safeguard our students through a whole college and proactive approach developed and delivered through highly effective partnerships.
Unicef Rights Respecting College
As the only Unicef Rights Respecting FE College, our students are actively encouraged to promote an ethos in the College community that fosters cohesion and a sense of belonging. This includes the promotion of British values linked with the college values:
- The right to education – All curriculum lessons provide the opportunity for students to challenge stereotypical perceptions and generate healthy discussions about the importance of shared values as well as key aspects of the Rights Respecting ethos. The Curriculum Enrichment programme includes regular sessions focussed on the value of social action and bringing about positive change through a comprehensive programme of citizenship learning which fosters an environment for the development of critical thinking skills. Good working relationships in the classroom promote effective learning. Students, through the process of empowerment, play an active role in the life of the College and its wider communities, nurturing a culture of respect, responsibility and shared values.
- The right to freedom of speech – The Curriculum Enrichment programme includes regular opinion finder activities and discussion on controversial issues that nurture the ability to give constructive views with clear justification of these views. Regular open forums for discussion and debate about a wide range of issues are organised. These forums challenge extremist narratives whilst developing critical thinking skills and political literacy. This encourages students to become more resilient and able to make informed decisions in the event of potential targeting by any extremist groups. Students are required to listen to the views of others in a respectful manner and to behave with a clear understating that it is acceptable to ’agree to disagree’.
- The right to be protected from all forms of violence – Students lead on projects including domestic violence youth ambassadors, anti-bullying group and healthy lifestyles group. All students receive regular sessions around the Prevent agenda including conspiracy theories and use of social media. Students modified the College Student Code of Conduct to include both rights and responsibilities.
- The right to freedom of thought, belief and religion, including the right to belong to ethnic, religious or linguistic minority groups – Students develop a clear understanding of the importance of difference and similarities. Cross college schedules include high profile external speakers and workshops focussed on the equality and diversity strands to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) month, black history month, safer college week, healthy lifestyles groups and disability. The Curriculum Enrichment programme is responsive to student needs and currently includes a young parents group, the equality and diversity advocate group, the Christian union and the LGBT group.
- The right to a voice – Each tutor group has a democratically elected course representative who attends school committee meetings with the Head of School. At this meeting student parliament representatives are democratically elected to sit on the Student Parliament with senior management. All students as part of the representative structure are supported with regular training sessions to develop their skills. This right includes the right speak, but with the responsibility of not making comments that are offensive to others. It is acceptable to ‘agree to disagree’ and to hold strong opinions, but any views should be expressed in ways that are respectful and non-intimidating. Students are also encouraged to justify their opinions.
- The right to the goals of education – Students are encouraged to develop their talents and abilities to the full in preparing for the world of work. This includes regular reflection on their skills development with the exploration of future aspirational educational and career choices.