Student Induction Policy

 

 

Introduction

The College regards student induction as an essential element of all courses. The aim of induction is to enable students to settle into the College quickly and help them to succeed in their chosen course.

1.1 The College’s Student Induction Policy is informed by its Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to prepare students for empowerment and flourishing lives, successful careers and social commitment through excellent innovative and entrepreneurial-enriched teaching in a strong community of mutual respect based on our Christian ethos and identity

1.2 Students embark on their studies at the College from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds, with a wide range of learning experiences.  Therefore, induction aims to:

  • Make clear the College’s expectations;
  • Establish students as part of the College community;
  • Introduce students to the skills, knowledge and demands of their programme.
  • Introduce student to the College, environment, departments and method of study
Scope of the Policy

The Student Induction Policy will apply to all courses delivered by the College. The process of the induction will normally involve face-to-face activity, but where appropriate induction may also be supported by intranet based learning materials.

2.1 Pre-Enrolment

2.1.1 To introduce students to their possible subjects and the College environment through Introduction Day.

2.1.2 To introduce parent/carers to the College at information evenings during the summer term.

2.1.3 To ensure that transition plans are in place, if appropriate, for students with learning difficulties or disabilities.  Transition plans are agreed by the Additional Learning Support Manager in liaison with the student, parent/carer, and external agencies where appropriate and may involve additional visits.

2.1.4 To screen students to identify skills needs and possible learning difficulties, give further opportunities for disclosure, induct into the use of any adaptive technologies, and arrange support and guidance for staff as appropriate.

2.2 In Subjects

2.2.1 To introduce each student to the skills, knowledge and demands of their subjects and to provide them with access to course information including details of the delivery and specifications of individual courses.

2.2.2 To make students aware of any health and safety issues and procedures specific to their subjects.

2.2.3 To enable students to track their progress and attendance on their courses via the Individual Learning Plan (ILP), with an early individual subject review.  In consultation with their tutors, students review their progress, measure their achievement against their target grades, analyse their effort and agree targets for improvement.

2.2.4 To review induction on courses formally through student feedback.

2.3 In Tutorial

2.3.1 To introduce students to Personal Tutors at a Meet the Tutor evening and to provide them with information about the College’s Pastoral Support services.

2.3.2 To enable students within the tutor group to get to know each other and develop their abilities to work with others through the first half term’s tutorial sessions.

2.3.3 To introduce students to how they will review their progress at College with their Subject Tutors and Personal Tutor through reviews and the action planning mechanism of their ILPs.

2.3.4 To assist students in developing independent learning skills and taking responsibility for their own learning with sessions on target setting, time management and study skills.

2.3.5 To inform students about policies, procedures, health and safety, communications systems and support services through a variety of activities and the Student Handbook, Planner and other publications.

2.3.6 To ensure students are inducted into the Virtual Learning Environment and communication systems such as the Bulletin and email.

2.3.7 To introduce students to the College’s Equality and Diversity Policy and their role in promoting an inclusive College culture of awareness, understanding, tolerance and respect.

2.3.8 To make students aware of their rights and responsibilities and the College’s expectations under the Student Charter and Code of Conduct.

2.3.9 To introduce students to the Student Services and the ways in which students’ views are represented in the College.

2.3.10 To give students opportunities for active participation in the affairs of the College.

2.3.11 To review induction in tutorial formally through student feedback.

2.3.12 To  introduce students to the arrangements for reporting absence, making  complaints and made aware of the College punctuality and attendance standards.

General IT Induction

Students will hear a general talk regarding the IT systems and the necessary rules and regulations. IT staff members will be introduced.

Hands-on IT induction

  • Students will be given a hands-on IT induction in order to acquaint them with the IT environment at the College and enable them to utilise IT help desk support in the future.
  • Students will be given their College identity card and their IT account details, plus advice and rules on the use of computer rooms and IT labs.
  • Students will be requested to sign an acknowledgement of receipt of this information stating that they agree to abide by the rules for the use of the computer rooms/ IT labs and by the JANET Acceptable Use Policy.