OSFC awarded Teaching School status
We were delighted to receive the news during a Ministerial visit to the College on Thursday 6 July that OSFC has been successful in its application to become a Teaching School. This means the college will be able to help train teachers of the future and support existing teachers to become great leaders. The move will help drive further improvement in schools across Oldham alongside a programme of work underway to improve opportunities for children in the town.
This fantastic news follows on from and builds upon OSFC’s recent success at the Educate North Awards in April, when the college won the Social Mobility Award for closing the attainment gap and our subsequent recognition as winners of the Sixth Form Colleges Association award for Governance in June.
Speaking at Oldham Sixth Form College during a visit on Thursday 6 July, Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:
“Improving social mobility means raising every student’s aspirations and making sure they get the best education, advice, and encouragement to achieve their full potential, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds do not enter higher education, which allows them to deepen their knowledge and give them access to rewarding careers. I’d therefore like to congratulate Oldham Sixth Form College for winning the Educate North Social Mobility Award, for their work to raise aspiration among secondary-age pupils and support progression to further and higher education, including the University of Manchester, and top performing universities.
“This is why I’m delighted to announce today that Oldham Sixth Form College is becoming a Designated Teaching School, which will support teachers and educational leaders from across Oldham; it is the mission of every teacher to improve pupils’ lives and outcomes, and I’m so pleased Oldham Sixth Form College will be spearheading that mission here in Oldham.”
Jayne Clarke, Principal of OSFC, said:
“This is excellent news and we are delighted that the DfE has approved our bid to become a designated Teaching School.
“As we move forward in September to establish a Multi Academy Trust with Hathershaw College, we are now in a strong position to work even more closely with other schools and colleges for the overall benefit of young people in Oldham and the local area. Our planned Teaching School Alliance will be cross-phase, working with a number of local secondary and primary schools.”
Oldham Sixth Form College has a strong record of helping their disadvantaged students enter Higher Education: 70% of OSFC’s disadvantaged students who left in 2015 progressed to higher education, compared to an average of 36% across all colleges. 10% of disadvantaged students progressed to a Russell Group university, compared to an average of 3% across all colleges.