Shadow Education Minister visit

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and The Studio have welcomed Kevin Brennan, Shadow Minister of State for Schools, to see their new model of learning geared to the 21st century economy.

Mr Brennan was accompanied by MP for Liverpool, Riverside – Louise Ellman on a visit organised in conjunction with GL Assessment, the largest provider of formative assessments to UK schools.

The MPs visited the campus to better understand how schools can offer a variety of educational pathways for students. Mr Brennan and Mrs Ellman were given a tour of the building, met students and teachers, and spent time with the industry sponsors of each school.

Launched by the Northern Schools Trust in 2013, Life Sciences UTC specialises in science and healthcare while The Studio focuses on creative and digital technologies. The schools are supported by a large number of partners including the University of Liverpool, Royal Liverpool NHS Trust, RedX Pharma, 2Bio, Sony, Liverpool Vision and Lucid Games. They aim to re-shape the provision of vocational education and resultant career pathways for young people in the North West.

The 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 follow.

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.
Kevin Brennan MP

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.
Louise Ellman MP