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WSFC students participate in Political Speed Dating event!

Worcester Sixth Form College hosted a political speed dating event on Thursday, 25th May with four of the local candidates being challenged on their pledges. Robin Walker (Conservative), Joy Squires (Labour), Stephen Kearney (Liberal Democrat) and Louis Stephen (Green) met with students eager to hear their responses to questions on a range of pressing issues that are important to them in the run up to the General Election. The event was organised in conjunction with BBC Hereford and Worcester and students flocked to participate in the event which gave them 3 minutes with each of the candidates. Joy Squires was asked whether Labour’s pledge to scrap tuition fees by September was realistic and she was challenged on Labour’s foreign policy on Palestine and Syria. Robin Walker was asked whether his privileged background meant he could really represent his constituents and Stephen Kearney was quizzed about proportional representation, and why the Liberal Democrats had not formed a ‘progressive alliance’ with the other parties. Louis Stephen responded to questions about the Green Party pledge to scrap Ofsted and whether the party were really that different from Labour. All of the candidates were asked about school funding, sustainability and Transformation Plans (the NHS’s plans for making hundreds of millions of pounds of efficiency savings across the country between now and 2022) and possible cuts to community hospitals. Dr Matt Hall, Head of Humanities, said: “Events such as the Political Speed Dating are essential if we are to engage young people in the political process and political participation more broadly. In an era where concerns about participation levels amongst 18-24 year olds are widespread, this gave our students the opportunity to engage with and question candidates from a range of political parties on a variety of issues. The students benefited greatly from this, as did the politicians who came, I'm sure.”
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WSFC student wins Video Competition

Congratulations to A level student Nina Sobierajska who won the College’s website video competition. Nina was awarded a voucher worth £100 for her excellent entry which aims to give potential students an insight into life at Worcester Sixth Form College.

The judging panel agreed that Nina's entry fully met the brief and she was a very well-deserved winner. When asked about the competition, Nina said: "I was so thrilled when I found out I had won the competition that I jumped with joy - literally!"

She adds: "When I entered the competition, I knew that I would have to dedicate a certain amount of time and effort to creating the video, which meant ensuring that the quality of the footage was up to the best of my ability whilst meeting the set deadline. I study Media Studies and found that being equipped with the appropriate film-making and editing skills benefited me greatly."

Nina meticulously planned the video's production to capture as many of the aspects of being at College as possible and we are grateful for her hard work and dedication. She has kindly agreed to assist further in developing more video content for the College website and for our visits to local high schools.

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