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Love is in the air as campaign gains momentum

A heartfelt message from staff and students is being sent to the government this week as Havering Sixth Form College embarks on a week of action to support the #LoveOurColleges campaign.

The campaign, spearheaded by the Association of Colleges (AoC), aims to persuade the Treasury to provide meaningful and sustainable investment in colleges across the country.

Beginning Monday, 13th May and ending on Friday 17th May, the week - more details can be found at https://www.loveourcolleges.co.uk/ - will raise awareness of the fact that over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically.

This has resulted in finances being strained and fewer hours of teaching and support for young people. It will ultimately impact upon businesses, communities and the wider economy.

The campaign week will culminate in a roundtable discussion between Principal Paul Wakeling and Hornchurch & Upminster MP Julia Lopez, where current and former students, local employers and staff will discuss how best they can work together to persuade the government to increase funding.

Paul Wakeling, who was interviewed on local radio station Time FM on Monday, said: “The #LoveOurColleges campaign is also an opportunity to highlight the brilliant work that goes on in colleges, and the fantastic staff that make it all possible.”

Over the week, Havering Sixth Form is using social media to highlight what students love about this College. There are videos and quotes being posted and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Emails have also been sent to MPs, local school head teachers, parents and prospective students to raise awareness of the situation. And current students are being invited to take part in a prize draw to win a £50 LoveToShop voucher by writing down and submitting why they love their college.

Paul Wakeling added: “It is important for us to support this campaign because colleges transform lives. We help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and we drive social mobility. Colleges are an essential part of England’s education system and they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth.”

 

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