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Weston College Foundation Learning Receives the Association of Colleges Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sport Award

Weston College's Foundation Learning Team is thrilled to announce that it has been honoured with the prestigious Association of Colleges Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sport Award. This recognition acknowledges the college's unwavering commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in its sports programmes, enabling learners with a diverse range of barriers to learning to thrive and achieve their aspirations. 

Foundation Learning at Weston College specialises in providing personalised study programmes for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including those with severe, profound, and complex learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health, physical impairments and barriers to learning. Many of these learners have faced previous educational setbacks and require specialist support to prepare for higher level courses, employment and independent living. The college's highly inclusive curriculum design fosters self-esteem, confidence, and self-awareness among learners, empowering them to overcome societal barriers and actively participate in managing their own challenges. 

Within this specialist area of Weston College, sport and enrichment activities play a pivotal role and the positive impact is evident through a wide range of learner led achievements and initiatives. The college's partnership with Somerset Cricket Foundation has facilitated coaching packages in table cricket, promoting access to cricket for all. Recently, the College’s Sports Academy emerged victorious in the County championships of table cricket, underscoring the success of this collaboration. Additionally, the College’s Football Academy represented the South West region in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport National finals, becoming unbeaten champions and contributing to the South West's winning of the esteemed Wilkinson Sword Trophy. These accomplishments reflect the Academy's dedication, teamwork, and commitment to fair play. 

Beyond competitive tournaments, the Foundation Learning team actively participates in the South-West pan-disability league, fostering teamwork, physical literacy, and inclusivity. The college's sports programmes transcend boundaries and provides opportunities for learners from socially deprived backgrounds who may face financial constraints in accessing sporting activities within their communities. By offering accessible and inclusive sports opportunities, Weston College empowers learners to develop their skills, pursue their sporting interests, and experience the life-changing benefits of engaging in physical activities. 

Weston College's commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion extends across all provision, with a whole college approach that ensures the diverse needs of learners are addressed in all aspects of college life. The coaching methodology follows the principles of open games, parallel games, and disability games, with sports coaches collaborating closely with Foundation Learning SEND specialists to deliver inclusive coaching sessions adapted to individual learners' requirements. Learners and staff actively promote social inclusion, problem-solving skills, and communication through physical education, fostering resilience and cohesion within teams. 

Principal and CEO of Weston College, Sir Paul Phillips CBE, expressed his pride in the remarkable accomplishments of learners and staff: "Our success in the Association of Colleges Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sport Award is a testament to the unwavering dedication, teamwork, and celebration of diversity that underpin our sports programmes. We are proud to create a safe and inclusive environment where all learners can flourish, regardless of their background or barriers. This recognition further motivates us to continue evolving and embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion into all that we do." 

Weston College Foundation Learning's outstanding achievements in promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion through sports exemplify the positive impact of inclusive education and sporting opportunities. The college remains committed to creating brighter futures, nurturing talent, and ensuring that everyone can access and enjoy the benefits of sports. 

If you are passionate about education and are looking for an opportunity to join the staff team at a leading college, then look at the latest job vacancies available at Weston College here. You can find all the latest job opportunities that Weston College has to offer, with a commitment to providing quality education for learners and a focus on continuous professional development for staff, Weston College is an excellent place to work and grow in your career. 

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