Shadow Education Secretary visits our Strategic Partner Chichester College and says it’s a ‘model for further education’
Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, was taken on a tour of Chichester College on Tuesday 3 June and saw the positive impact the Further Education establishment had on students and the local community.
Mr Hunt, MP for Stoke-On-Trent Central, described his visit as ‘amazing’. Arriving with his entourage of advisors and journalists, he was greeted by Chichester College’s Principal, Shelagh Legrave, who gave him a tour of the College during the three hour visit.
The tour began with a visit to A-levels, where Mr Hunt observed a Science class and an Adult Maths class. The Shadow Education Secretary was impressed to see the Science students making paracetamol and the Maths students discussed how they want to further their skills to get a high quality job.
As the afternoon began, Principal Shelagh Legrave showed Mr Hunt a Football Coaching class, Engineering class and was taken to Chichester College’s brand new G-Block, the home of Construction courses, and it was here Tristram Hunt was truly amazed by the vocational courses that are on offer to students. He visited Carpentry and Joinery, Upholstery and Electrical and spoke to students about how an Apprenticeship has given them the chance to ‘earn while they learn’ and receive excellent training.
The three hour tour ended with a number of students meeting Tristram Hunt to voice their opinions on the education system. They spoke about careers advice lacking in schools and not being told enough about other options away from A-levels such as vocational courses or Apprenticeships and that Chichester College had provided these choices.
Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, believed his visit to Chichester College was enlightening, he said: “Chichester College is a model for further education. Inspiring leadership; high standards and expectations; engaged learners; and a curriculum fit for the 21st century. We need a revolution in vocational education if our economy is to succeed in the future. Chichester College is leading from the front. It lives up to its Outstanding judgement.” (In April 2014, Chichester College was announced as an overall Outstanding further education establishment by Ofsted.)
Chichester College Principal, Shelagh Legrave, said: “I was delighted that Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education chose to visit Chichester College to celebrate our outstanding Ofsted and see vocational education in action. He had an easy style and engaged with many students studying A Levels and vocational qualifications. He particularly focused on the lack of advice and guidance in schools on career options and this was confirmed by the students he met. He left better informed about the options for vocational training and skills.”
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