Minister for Children and Families visits Oldham Sixth Form College
On Thursday 23rd January, Oldham Sixth Form College welcomed Michelle Donelan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families). Minister Donelan’s visit follows on from the visit in October 2018 by Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, again focussing on the upcoming T Levels pilot, which OSFC is the only sixth form college in Greater Manchester and one of first providers in the country to be offering, as well as finding out more about OSFC’s successes in social mobility in the Oldham Opportunity Area.
OSFC is excited to be offering the Digital strand of the first wave of T Levels in September 2020, and delighted that Jonathon Barker, Digital T Level Tutor and Development Lead, is part of the panel developing the Digital T Level with Pearson, the awarding body. This places OSFC at the forefront of the new T Level qualifications, putting the college in a great position to also offer T Levels in Health and Science when the programme is rolled out further in 2021.
During her visit to OSFC, Minister Donelan was met by Executive Principal Jayne Clarke, Acting Principal Peter Roberts, Vice Principal Suzannah Reeves and Assistant Principal and T Level lead Chris Arnold. Tutors and students teaching and studying vocational courses at OSFC also had the opportunity to speak to the Minister and tell their success stories, demonstrating the exciting opportunities that vocational study offers.
Amelia Birchall, studied Level 2 Health and Social Care alongside GCSE Maths at OSFC and has now progressed onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at the college. Vocational education opens so many doors and for Amelia that is a place to study Psychology at Northumbria University. Level 3 Applied Science student, Gheorghe Nica, is also excelling on a vocational programme at OSFC and has secured a place to study Medical Science at Bangor University, highlighting that the best vocational education does have parity with a purely academic route.
Minister Donelan, greatly enjoyed her visit to OSFC, “It was amazing to visit the college today. The college has an excellent reputation, and it was brilliant to hear how they are preparing for T Levels and hear about the opportunities that are available for students. It was fantastic to hear the students’ inspiring stories; some of them came to OSFC with none or hardly any qualifications and are now taking away amazing qualifications and are going on to great destinations, from universities to apprenticeships.”