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Strategic Plan

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Our strategic plan

Our strategic plan outlines what we will strive to achieve to realise our ambition to be the best and most authoritative post-16 educator in the south east midlands so that we can help individuals, communities and society flourish through education by raising aspirations and reducing inequality to create a sustainable future.

Our values underpin this desire and are threaded through all that we do.

You can read our full ‘Skills for a Sustainable Future: Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027′ below:

Strategic Plan 1 page document

This is the first strategic plan since we became The Bedford College Group, following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College in 2017.

We now have nearly 15,000 learners studying with us. Our strength as the largest further education (FE) college in the region along with the volume and pace of change within our sector, provides new opportunities which we want to develop, in addition to greater risks, which we will mitigate.

Our new strategic plan maintains our previous focus on building and maintaining financial strength and developing consistent high-quality education, but is even more ambitious. Our aims include being an educational leader and a civic leader too, making a vital contribution to a net zero economy and the levelling up and Covid-recovery agenda. We will focus more sharply on the quality of education we provide and further develop the curriculum to help people in our communities flourish.

In essence our new strategic plan looks to establish The Bedford College Group unarguably as the best and most authoritative provider of post-16 education in the region.

OUR PURPOSE, VISION AND VALUES

Our purpose:

To help individuals, communities and society flourish through education by raising aspirations and reducing inequality to create a sustainable future.

Our vision:

To be the best and most authoritative post-16 educator in the south east midlands.

Our values:

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Student centred:

At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.

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Educational excellence:

We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

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Teamwork:

We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.

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Continuous improvement:

We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.

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Caring:

We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.

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Inclusive:

We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.