Canterbury College’s “outstanding” Children in Care team has been shortlisted for a second national award.

The National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) takes place next month and the College has been selected for the Student Services Team of the Year category.

It comes after the team was shortlisted for the Times Education Supplement (TES) FE Awards – a national competition celebrating the achievements of exceptional further education establishments.

The three-strong team have been recognised for their improved success and retention rates, as well as the work they do to help students along the way. They provide a single point of contact ensuring students aren’t passed along to different departments, making everything simpler.

They maintain regular contact with the students throughout the year, working to resolve personal, financial or accommodation issues to help support them.

Information, Advice and Guidance Manager, Richard Dean, said: “I think the team being shortlisted for two prestigious national awards is more evidence of what an exceptional job they do for students who are in care or are care leavers.

“The College can be really proud that we do so much for these vulnerable students and they achieve so well and are so successful here.”

Ofsted noted: “Safeguarding of learners is outstanding. Managers, teachers and support staff work assiduously to ensure that all learners, including those who have been in care, are safe and receive excellent support.”

The gala dinner for TES will be held this month in London and the NAMSS awards will be held in Liverpool in March.