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British Values at Harlow College

Our College reflects British values in all that we do. We want all of our students to grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our students to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our community and the wider world.

We actively promote British values in the following ways:

Democracy

  • All students are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the College.
  • Students have their voices heard and acted on through our Student Ambassador programme and regular surveys.
  • The principle of democracy is explored through our curriculum as well as through events.

Rule of Law

  • Our rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
  • The Disciplinary and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence.

Individual Liberty

  • Our students are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Respect is one of the core values of our College – we encourage our students to respect their own, as well as other cultures and ways of life.
  • Staff and students are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Through our curriculum we discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
  • We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum.

 

Safeguarding and Prevent Policy
Equality and Diversity Policy

Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy

Data Protection

Introduction

Harlow College is committed to keeping your personal data safe and will work within the Six Principles of Data Processing in the General Data Protection Regulation. This will ensure that we have a fair and lawful basis for all data processing and we uphold the rights of data subjects.

The College needs to keep certain information about employees, students and other users to allow it to monitor for example performance, achievement and health and safety. It is also necessary to process information so that staff can be recruited and paid, courses organised and legal obligations to funding bodies and Government complied with.

The College’s registration number is: Z9209363. See the ICO’s website for registration details.

Please see below for more information regarding how we ensure personal data is kept safe.

Privacy Statements

Mailing List and Enquiries

Privacy Statement for Mailing List Sign-ups

Harlow College is committed to keeping your personal data safe and will act within the latest legislation regarding data protection (General Data Protection Regulation). The data that you have provided in this form is used to process and assess your enquiry to Harlow College or for any other legitimate reasons such as compliance with relevant legislation. All data will be stored securely and retained in line with the College's Data Protection Policy. We do not share this data with any external organisation unless we have a fair and legitimate reason to do so. You will remain on this mailing list until three months after the end of the academic year, after which you will be contacted to join the following year’s list.

Should you wish to unsubscribe, details on how to do so will be found in all communications you receive.

Students

Privacy Statement for Comments/Enquiries 

Harlow College is committed to keeping your personal data safe and will act within the latest legislation regarding data protection (General Data Protection Regulation). The data that you have provided in this form is used to process and assess your enquiry to Harlow College or for any other legitimate reasons such as compliance with relevant legislation. All data will be stored securely and retained in line with the College's Data Protection Policy. We do not share this data with any external organisation unless we have a fair and legitimate reason to do so. We will only use this information to effectively process your comment/enquiry and will be retained for a maximum of three months after the end of the academic year in which you enquire.

Privacy Statement for Course Application Form

Harlow College is committed to keeping your personal data safe and will act within the latest legislation regarding data protection (General Data Protection Regulation). The data that we collected in this form is used to process and assess your application to Harlow College or for any other legitimate reasons such as compliance with relevant legislation. All data will be stored securely and retained in line with the College's Data Protection Policy. We only share this data with your previous school where detailed in your application or where we have a fair and legitimate reason to do so. For learners who will be aged 16-18 at the start of their course we will share your data with your parents/carers and your local authority.

Student Enrolment Privacy Statement

View Student Enrolment Privacy Statement

Staff

This Privacy Notice covers external applications only. For internal applications and for those that are successful in securing employment with Harlow College, please refer to the Privacy Notice for all Harlow College Staff. 

The General Data Protection Regulations: How will your information be used? 

As your potential employer, Harlow College needs to keep and process information about you to enable us to recruit and select applicants for jobs. The information we hold and process will be used for our management and administrative use only. 

We will keep and use it to enable us to run the College and manage our relationship with you, lawfully and appropriately, both during the recruitment process, and if you are successful in getting a job, whilst you work for us, and for 6 years after your employment ends, or for as long as there are specific criteria identified to retain your data for a longer period, such as for safeguarding purposes. 

We do not collect more information than we need to fulfill the purpose of administering job applications and will not retain it for longer than is necessary.

What information do we ask for and why?

The information we ask for is used to assess your suitability for employment. You do not have to provide what we ask for but it might affect your application, if you do not. 

Application stage

If you complete a job application, this information will be collected and stored on our HR system and files.

We ask you for your personal details including name and contact details. We will also ask you about your previous experience, education, referees and for answers to questions relevant to the role you have applied for. Our HR team and hiring managers will have access to all of this information.

You will also be asked to provide equal opportunities information. This is not mandatory information – if you do not provide it, it will not affect your application. This information will not be made available to any staff outside of our HR team and hiring managers, in a way which can identify you. Any information you do provide will be used only to produce and monitor equal opportunities statistics.

Shortlisting

Our hiring managers short list applications for Assessment Centre/ Interview. They will not be provided with your equal opportunities information if you have provided it.

Assessments

We might ask you to participate in an Assessment Centre; complete tests and/or to attend an interview – or a combination of these. Information will be generated by you and by us. For example, you might complete a written test or we might take interview notes. This information is held by the HR team.

Conditional offer

If we make a conditional offer of employment we will ask you for information so that we can carry out pre-employment checks, prior to you commencing employment at the College. You must successfully complete pre-employment checks to be confirmed in post. 

You will therefore be required to provide: 

  • Proof of your identity – you will be asked to attend our office with original documents, we will take copies.
  • Proof of your qualifications – you will be asked to attend our office with original documents, we will take copies.

Employers

Employer Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to us.

We use your data we collect to operate our business, to make and receive payments from funding bodies and employers and to advertise apprenticeship vacancies.  We may use your data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your employment vacancies, your account, our procedures or payment information. We share your data when required by law and/or to respond to legal processes and with designated third party agents (e.g. auditors, funding bodies) in fulfilling Harlow College’s corporate responsibilities as well as to apprenticeship and work placement applicants and their parents if applicable.  We may share your data with service providers such as the bank, card payment processors, advisors and consultants in order to support Harlow College’s business operations.  We contractually require that these recipients use the data for the intended purpose and that they destroy or return the data when it is no longer needed.

We keep your data for the prescribed period in our Retention Policy for the purpose of fulfilling legal obligations.  We will not share your data for marketing or commercial purposes without your consent.

You can request to view or edit your data by contacting Management Information Systems

Read our Policies

Data Protection Policy

Information Security and Compliance Policy

Data Retention Policy

Data Protection Contact: To contact the Data Protection Officer for Harlow College please email

Useful Links

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We're an Apple Distinguished School

What is an Apple Distinguished School?

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology - and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world.

How did we achieve this status?

The Apple Distinguished School programme is by invitation only for schools that meet the current programme qualifications. Recognition is for two years, with an opportunity to renew each invitation period. The invitation process starts with school leaders from primary and secondary schools and further education colleges requesting an invitation to apply for recognition as an Apple Distinguished School.

Requests are reviewed by Apple to ensure that the educational establishment meets the necessary requirements. Harlow College is the first FE college in the country to be awarded Apple Distinguished School status.

Requirements:
  • Established one-to-one programme
  • Innovative use of the Apple platform
  • Staff proficiency with iPad or Mac
  • Documented results

Learn more (PDF)

Opportunities for school leaders

The Apple Distinguished School programme supports school leaders through leadership events, opportunities to engage with experts, and collaboration with peers who share an interest in innovative learning and teaching.

What does this mean to our students? How does this impact staff?

Apple Distinguished School leaders, teachers and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.

How has it impacted learning, teaching and assessment?

Achieving ADS status has meant that our staff are committed to developing their use of technology/Apps and learning tools within the classroom. The strategy at Harlow College is that the use of technology is embedded seamlessly within the curriculum, and that teachers use technology in the classroom when it can improve LTA. The use of digital technology and tools within the classroom has broadened the toolkit that a teacher has and allows for more effective communication with student groups. The teacher can deliver innovative sessions within the classroom and use activities that impact on the students’ progress and learning.

 

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Harlow College

Tim Cook with coders

On Friday 19 January Harlow College was delighted to welcome Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, to meet staff and students to see how we are adding coding and app development to skills for our students in their future careers. 

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Digital Support

The Digital Support app is designed to help teachers and students using digital technology for teaching and learning at Harlow College

If you have any questions or queries please contact Digital Support

Short how-to videos provide support for teachers and learners using apps in the classroom. PDFs are also provided as guides.

Here's a quick video showing how it works: