Focus put on diversity at college

Daily Echo: Students from Winchester University Eleanor Liverakos and Akil Morgan (front) with Tim Manthorpe and Jesse Millikin, perform Brazilian martial art Capoeira Students from Winchester University Eleanor Liverakos and Akil Morgan (front) with Tim Manthorpe and Jesse Millikin, perform Brazilian martial art Capoeira

A SOUTHAMPTON college hosted a launch event to showcase its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The event at Richard Taunton College on Hill Lane was attended by a number of community organisations, religious groups and charities and was held as part of the college’s bid to achieve an Investors in Diversity award.

Students also attended workshops during lunchtime and tutor sessions all themed around diversity.

There was also the opportunity to take part in a quiz and activities staged throughout the day including music and dance sessions.

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6:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

forest hump says...

They ought to focus on Education, the good old fashioned 3 Rs. Never mind the diversity claptrap. This country is going down the drain and our educational institutions are partly to blame
They ought to focus on Education, the good old fashioned 3 Rs. Never mind the diversity claptrap. This country is going down the drain and our educational institutions are partly to blame forest hump
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12:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

StephanieMillard says...

We would like to reassure Mr Hump that ‘Education and the 3 Rs’ are indeed our focus and our very good results last year are testament to this.

Ofsted rated us ‘Good’ in October 2013 because “Success rates for students on A-level and advanced level vocational courses have improved since the last inspection and are now high. A high proportion of A-level students achieve a high grade and students with relatively low levels of attainment at GCSE achieve well.” They also noted “A high proportion of students on advanced level courses progress to higher education.”

Additionally, students in our Sixth Form Academy achieved 99.4% pass rate in their A levels. It is clear that we DO take ‘Education’ very seriously here.

As for recognising and celebrating our diverse community of students, staff and governors, Oftsed said “Students’ behaviour is exemplary and students treat each other and staff with a high degree of respect.”

We believe the reason for such respect is because we work hard to encourage greater understanding (in students and staff) of the differences between us and know that these differences are the things which offer the best opportunity for creativity and innovation to enable us to continue the improvements we have made over the last 5 years.

Stephanie Millard,
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
We would like to reassure Mr Hump that ‘Education and the 3 Rs’ are indeed our focus and our very good results last year are testament to this. Ofsted rated us ‘Good’ in October 2013 because “Success rates for students on A-level and advanced level vocational courses have improved since the last inspection and are now high. A high proportion of A-level students achieve a high grade and students with relatively low levels of attainment at GCSE achieve well.” They also noted “A high proportion of students on advanced level courses progress to higher education.” Additionally, students in our Sixth Form Academy achieved 99.4% pass rate in their A levels. It is clear that we DO take ‘Education’ very seriously here. As for recognising and celebrating our diverse community of students, staff and governors, Oftsed said “Students’ behaviour is exemplary and students treat each other and staff with a high degree of respect.” We believe the reason for such respect is because we work hard to encourage greater understanding (in students and staff) of the differences between us and know that these differences are the things which offer the best opportunity for creativity and innovation to enable us to continue the improvements we have made over the last 5 years. Stephanie Millard, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College StephanieMillard
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