BLACKBURN College has become the first college in the North West to receive an Investing in Children Award which recognises imaginative student participation in its activities.

The scheme is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people.

In applying for the award Blackburn College had to demonstrate dialogue with young people leading to change with its students providing the evidence.

Andrew Pickles, Assistant Principal at Blackburn College said: “This is a very positive achievement as we are the first College in the North West to receive the award."

Lecturer Gretel Redwood said: “This scheme has provided students with the opportunity to influence decision making within Blackburn College."

Student representatives attend monthly Board of Studies meetings.

Improvements made as a result of this feedback include the opening of more student social spaces, replacing laptops and providing additional computers to support student learning.

Two library committees have also been set up.