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Advice, Guidance & Pastoral Support

Personal Progress Tutors

All students are assigned to a Personal Progress Tutor, who will monitor their academic progress and support the student throughout their time at Joseph Chamberlain College. Your tutor will have an overview of your academic and personal development to ensure you are achieving academically. All students will have a range of informal and formal conversations with their Personal Progress Tutor, including weekly group tutorials and regular one-to-one sessions as part of the College progress monitoring process.

Careers Advisor

All students have access to impartial, one-to-one careers advice. We have a Careers Advisor based within the College, with whom you can discuss future plans, what to study at university or get advice in finding employment or training.

Work Experience

Our work experience team will help you find placements in a number of different areas and industries. Placements are available to all students throughout the year and we encourage all students to gain some work experience during their time with us.

Academic Mentoring

• Academic skills workshops
• Support students, one-to-one and in groups
• Offer academic advice, including UCAS application

Counselling Team

In addition to your Personal Progress Tutor, all students can be referred to a confidential counselling service if necessary.

Student Finance Team

Students aged 19 or under may be able to apply for financial assistance, dependent on your circumstances. Available support includes our Student Finance Bursary Scheme and Free Meals schemes, open to those with a low family income; and Special Bursaries, open to students who are either: in, or have just left, council care (i.e. cared for by social services); or are currently claiming benefits in their own name.

For more information, visit our page on Student Finance.

Links with Birmingham Social Services

The College will refer concerns that a young person might be at risk of significant harm to Birmingham Social Services. All staff have a duty to safeguard children and a responsibility for the active protection of children from harm. All teachers and support staff receive appropriate training so that they can carry out this duty as required.

You can read our full Safeguarding Policy here.