Trine Powell, Bradford College IAG Manger

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Bradford College has been awarded the prestigious Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of its commitment to young people in and leaving care.

"I am delighted that Buttle UK has awarded their Quality Mark to Bradford College in recognition of the support we offer to Care Leavers."

Trine Powell, Bradford College IAG Manger

Created by Buttle UK - the largest grant-giving organisation in the country directly supporting children and families living in poverty - the charity awards the Quality Mark to colleges and universities which commit to support a young person who has been in care, to access further and higher education and successfully complete their studies and achieve their ambitions.    

The challenges facing young people leaving care are enormous.  They are one of the most under-represented groups in education in the UK.  Often lacking family support, suffering financial disadvantage and struggling to find somewhere to live, applying for and being accepted for further and higher education is a real achievement.

To receive its Quality Mark Bradford College had to demonstrate that it has a robust strategy in place to ensure that students from a care background can access a package of support – financial, pastoral and educational.   

"The college has amply displayed its dedication and initiative to helping young people leaving care to receive an education and have the opportunity to succeed and move on to the next stage of their lives."

Susan Mueller, Buttle UK Quality Mark Manager

To date, more than half the universities in the UK hold the Buttle UK Quality Mark, together with a rising number of colleges.

Susan Mueller, Buttle UK Quality Mark Manager, says: “We are very pleased with the success of this award and are delighted to extend it to Bradford College. The college has amply displayed its dedication and initiative to helping young people leaving care to receive an education and have the opportunity to succeed and move on to the next stage of their lives.

Buttle UK Quality Mark“Our Quality Mark is also a clear way for Bradford College to demonstrate its credentials to partners, funders, inspectorates and the wider community – and importantly to the young people from care themselves.”

Commenting on the award, Bradford College IAG Manger, Trine Powell said: “I am delighted that Buttle UK has awarded their Quality Mark to Bradford College in recognition of the support we offer to care leavers. I am particularly pleased that the awarding panel has recognised and highlighted our examples of best practise.”

The award of the Buttle UK quality mark is a result of the dedication and ongoing commitment by all teams across Student Services, working together to remove barriers to progression and support our care leavers to achieve their full potential.

To find out more about the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers visit www.buttleuk.org