Published on: 12 Nov 2014

Liverpool leads on vocational pathways



Shadow Education Minister visits The Studio and Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

On Wednesday 12 November, The Studio and the Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College (UTC) welcomed Kevin Brennan, the Shadow Minister of State for Schools, to see their new model of learning geared to the 21st century economy. Mr Brennan was joined by the local MP for Liverpool, Riverside, Louise Ellman, for a visit organised in conjunction with GL Assessment, the largest provider of formative assessments to UK schools.

The MPs visited The Studio and the Life Sciences UTC in order to fully understand how schools can offer a variety of educational pathways for students. Mr Brennan and Mrs Ellman were given a tour of the campus, met students and teachers, and spent time with the industry sponsors of the two schools.

Opened by the Northern Schools Trust in 2013, a projected spearheaded by the Trust’s Chair Nigel Ward, the Life Sciences UTC focuses on science and healthcare and The Studio on gaming and digital technologies. The schools are supported by a large number of partners, including the University of Liverpool, Royal Liverpool NHS Trust, RedX Pharma and 2Bio.  They aim to re-shape the provision of vocational education and resultant career pathways for young people in the North-West.

The Northern Schools Trust has worked closely with GL Assessment to create a rigorous assessment programme for the schools. The assessments help teachers to understand the potential of their students and to identify the most appropriate vocational pathways for them to take.

Kevin Brennan MP commented:

“It was a pleasure to be able to visit this innovative campus. There is a clear need for our education system to offer a variety of pathways for young people. The Studio and the Life Sciences UTC are two outstanding examples of this model, demonstrating that if a young person’s potential and specific skills can be identified, they can then be guided in the most appropriate direction for them. I warmly congratulate all involved with these institutions.”

Louise Ellman MP commented:

“I am very pleased that the Studio and Life Sciences UTC are based in my constituency. This link between schools and industry opens up a valuable route to jobs for young people across Liverpool. Today I have seen at first hand how the Studio and Life Sciences UTC operate.”

Nigel Ward, Chair of the Northern Schools Trust, commented:

“Today was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what we have achieved at The Studio and Life Sciences UTC in a relatively short period. By building links between industry, the schools and the local community, we have established clear vocational routes for local families. I hope that today’s visit has provided Kevin and Louise with an excellent example of this process which can be replicated elsewhere.”

Greg Watson, Chief Executive of GL Assessment, commented:

“GL Assessment has supported The Studio and the Life Sciences UTC from the outset, helping it to create a comprehensive assessment programme that supports its students in pursuing the vocational pathways most appropriate for them.  It was a pleasure to see the schools’ first year of success crowned with a visit from Mr Brennan and Mrs Ellman.”

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Notes to the Editor

About Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC is the first school in the UK specialising in Science and Health Care for 14 to 19 year olds. The UTC provides outstanding academic and vocational education by working closely with local employers to create the next generation of scientists, healthcare practitioners, engineers and entrepreneurs.

About The Studio

The Studio opened in September 2013 and is the first of its kind in the North West. It is educating young people for success in a digital world and, in particular, for employment, entrepreneurship or further study in the digital media sector. Some students will apply their skills directly in the gaming, animation, digital marketing and computer technology sectors, others will work for businesses and other organisations that use digital media to develop products and services and connect with clients, consumers, patients and citizens.

For photographs of the visit or further information, please contact:

Emily Huxley, Northern Schools Trust

Danielle Morgan, Communications Manager, GL Assessment
Tel: 020 8996 3632 / 07740 393448

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