Awareness Campaigns To Celebrate Colleges' Week 11/10/2018


Stanmore College is running a number of awareness campaigns during Colleges Week.  

Stanmore College is a vital part of North West London community, supporting over 1,300 16-18 year old learners and 800+ adults to learn, train and get on.

The College has gone from strength to strength in recent years as follows:

  • Stanmore College received a 'GOOD' Ofsted Grading in February 2017.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), inspecting the College's higher education courses, awarded the highest possible judgement of 'Confident'.
  • RCU MiDES, a service developed by RCU Limited and the Association of Colleges (AoC) for member colleges which provides in-year benchmarked intelligence reports, indicated that Stanmore College was in the top 25% of colleges nationwide for Added Value.
  • Stanmore College's results this year are way above the national average.

Colleges' Week takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and is part of the 'Love Our Colleges' campaign, seeing colleges across the country hosting events to showcase the brilliant stuff they do, day in and day out, as well as national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October. 

The 'Love Our Colleges' campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

Whether it's through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 - whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. 'Love Our Colleges' is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years. It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.

Sarbdip Noonan, Principal at Stanmore College, said: "While we are very proud of our fantastic results, which are improving every year and are above the national average for other colleges, our young people are being short-changed compared with their counterparts in other countries and compared with previous generations. The hours of teaching and support, the choices they have and the enrichment they are offered have all reduced as funding cuts have bitten. This cannot continue if we are to secure the future of our nation."

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: "Every single day colleges like Stanmore College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.

Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible.  It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it."

For more information please see www.aoc.co.uk - the Association of Colleges' website.

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