Askham Bryan College awarded Matrix Accreditation
Date: 1st December 2020
Re-accreditation awarded by matrix Standard for our high-quality delivery of information, advice and/or guidance (IAG) to current and prospective students from cross-college services.
Askham Bryan College has received re-accreditation by the matrix Standard for its high-quality delivery of information, advice and guidance (IAG) to its current and prospective students from its cross-college services and offering. The standard, designed to help providers improve their services by benchmarking against best practice, is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver IAG, either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering. The accreditation assessment review takes place triennially; this is the third consecutive time the college has been awarded the certificate.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Tim Whitaker, CEO and Principal, Askham Bryan College said:
“We pride ourselves on the excellent information, advice and guidance we give to all our students, so we are very grateful to receive this re-accreditation. Our highly qualified staff ensure our learners are on the right course that suits them and helps them to achieve their career aspirations through informed decisions so when they complete their studies with us, they’re ready for the next exciting step towards their future. This certification reflects our ongoing commitment to keep students at the heart of everything we do and have maintained that, even in the most challenging of times, we explore opportunities that positively and constructively contribute to their experience and development.”
The assessment review evaluated data and online interviews with college staff and college partner organisations across all levels, from senior management to support as well as students, and examined a cross-section of IAG areas at the college including Student Recruitment, Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Learning Support, Foundation Learning, Prince’s Trust and Flex programmes. Notable praise was given to the college’s operative response to deliver suitably adapted services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, plans to link to the new college corporate strategy, inclusive practices, and an increase in student achievement compared to last year and above the national average. *
Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Askham Bryan College and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available. The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas. With their accreditation success, Askham Bryan College is working to provide the best possible support to their students.”
*Data of IAG performance improvement:
Level 2 achievement rising from 85.4% to 91.7% over the three years to 2018/19, moving from 1% below the national average to 4% above it
Level 3 achievement rising from 93.9% to 95.2% over the same period (from 3% above national average to 7% above).
The latest figures for Level 2 apprenticeship achievement show 75.8% achievement, above the national average of 65.8% and above the 68.3% national average for specialist colleges.
81.4% of 2018/19 leavers also have a positive destination.
Targets specific to Student Services include 80% satisfaction with Careers, with the actual figure has now risen to 92%, and 89% saying the Careers Team prepared them for their next steps.
Prince’s Trust and Flex programmes have now reached 91% achievement, up from 73% and 88% respectively just two years previously, attributed significantly to strengthened IAG interventions.