Shadow Education Minister visits Liverpool schools

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.

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.

Kevin Brennan MP said: “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.”

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.”

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