Worcester Sixth Form College joins ‘Young Carers in Schools’ programme
On Monday, 20th April, Julie Ferman (Head of Year) and Liz Cole (College Counsellor) attended the second annual YSS (Youth Support Services) Worcestershire Young Carers conference. The conference, which was held in Hartlebury, was organised by the young carers themselves with the support from the communications agency DRP. HRH The Princess Royal attended the conference as patron of YSS and gave a keynote speech to promote the work of YSS. The conference also launched the county’s new ‘Young Carers in Schools Programme’ which aims to identify young carers in schools and colleges and awards good practice. Julie Ferman, Head of Year, said: “It was a truly excellent and informative day. The personal journeys of the young carers were both humbling and inspiring. I am delighted that Worcester Sixth Form College has joined the Young Carers in schools programme to ensure that this vulnerable group of young people have every chance to succeed at College and beyond.” Worcester Sixth Form College is one of the early implementation schools in the Young Carers in School programme and the only 16-19 provider currently doing this award. Julie was presented to HRH The Princess Royal and spoke with her about the support for young carers in the College. Julie said of HRH The Princess Royal: “She was extremely knowledgeable about the demands that are placed on young carers, who are juggling home responsibilities and their college studies. She was keen to hear about the strategies that the College is putting in place as a result of the schools programme in order to ensure that this vulnerable age group can achieve and have positive life chances. I also spoke to her about the transition to university or into employment”. A number of other partners in the county also attended the conference and have since liaised with the College and plan to work together to support young carers. These include the University of Worcester, the British Red Cross Young Carers service, Worcestershire school nurse team and Nunnery Wood High School. Julie adds that she is also hoping to widen the contacts with College through network meetings with local high schools and further afield, through the schools award programme, to share good practice. The College offers a wide range of academic and pastoral support to students who have been identified as young carers which may include financial support, counselling, a College support group and specialised careers advice. Michael Kitcatt, Principal, said: “We are proud of our involvement with the programme and of the achievements both inside and outside College of the young carers within our student body. We are committed to supporting young carers in all ways that we can.”
Worcester Sixth Form College quiz local parliamentary candidates
On Wednesday, 29th April, Worcester Sixth Form College hosted a ‘hustings’ event for local parliamentary candidates and approximately 120 students posed questions and contemplated the responses from each candidate. Robin Walker (Conservative), Joy Squires (Labour), James Goad (UKIP) and Louis Stephens (Green Party) were all in attendance and the event was successfully organised and chaired by Dr Matt Hall, teacher of Politics at the College. The format followed that of recent live debates on television and the candidates were probed on a wide range of topics. Dr Matt Hall said: "Prior to the General Election on Thursday, 7th May, it was beneficial for the College’s students to engage in such a lively and probing debate with four of the Parliamentary Candidates for Worcester. Through a series of hugely rewarding exchanges the students quizzed the candidates over issues including the renewal of Trident; global poverty; human rights; university education and inequality in UK society."