During October 15th-19th, Joseph Chamberlain College campaigned as part of national Colleges Week.
The Love Our Colleges campaign highlights the passion and amazing work that goes into our Post-16 education system by staff and students alike. Colleges Week calls upon the government to invest more money into colleges and pay staff fairly. There is currently a vast disparity in funding received by colleges, compared to schools, as they’ve been hit with a 30% cut in funding over the last decade. Furthermore, funding cuts potentially mean reduced teaching hours, larger classes, fewer new staff, a decline in adult learning courses and years of teacher pay freezes.
Our students lead a variety of events to raise awareness for the campaign. The week revolved around a visit to Westminster for the National Day of Lobbying and meeting Hall Green MP, Roger Godsiff. Mr Godsiff has been supportive of the campaign and will continue to push for government funding. Additionally, events on campus throughout Colleges Week included making protest placards, petitioning, and filming student opinions.
Principal Elly Tobin, commented:
“If we want to build a future economy where young people with the right skills are confident and able to be successful, we need to educate the whole person. We must be able to offer a variety of experiences that enhance their learning beyond their subject choices. Funding cuts mean colleges cannot offer this wider experience as running costs soar and many struggle to remain financially viable.”
This situation is not fair or sustainable, damaging our communities and the wider economy. Therefore, colleges across the country joined forces this week to campaign for fair funding. Staff and students will continue to fight cuts until our voices are heard. To support the Colleges Week campaign, please sign this petition: petition.parliament.uk.