Government announces 15 new Studio Schools

The Government has today given the go ahead for 15 new Studio Schools to open in 2013 and 2014. By September 2013 it is expected that 30 Studio Schools will be open across England.

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the plans this morning, saying:

“Studio Schools benefit both business and young people – they are a brilliant way for employers to become involved in helping give young people what they need to get good jobs. They are aimed at children who learn in more practical ways and offer good qualifications alongside the kind of skills employers want.

“Studio Schools teach a rigorous academic and vocational curriculum in a practical way. They equip young people with the qualifications and skills to help companies prosper, and offer paid work experience.

“It is fantastic that so many successful employers are getting behind the Studio School movement.”

Studio Schools have been developed by the Studio Schools Trust, a joint venture between the Young Foundation and the Edge Foundation.

Stephen Twigg, Shadow Education Secretary, said:

"I am a strong supporter of Studio Schools, and am pleased that eleven new schools have opened this September across England. By working closely with employers and businesses, Studio Schools will help students gain a broad range of employability skills and work experience, as well as the key qualifications that they need to succeed. "

David Frost CBE, Chair of the Studio Schools Trust and former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, commented:

“I am delighted that the government has approved another 15 Studio Schools, and that interest is continuing to grow as we expand our network of Studio Schools across England.”

“Studio Schools are playing a vital role in equipping young people with the skills and experience that they need to succeed in a competitive jobs market, through combining mainstream qualifications with real experience of the world of work. Employers are keen to help prepare young people for the workplace, and Studio Schools allow them to get involved in all aspects of school life - from designing the curriculum and delivering masterclasses, to providing paid work placements and mentoring students. With enterprise and entrepreneurialism at the core, many Studio Schools will run their own social enterprises, and students will run their own businesses, therefore helping to strengthen the economy and community in their local area.

“I look forward to working with the 15 new Studio Schools as they prepare to open.”

Simon Tucker, Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, said:

"In the face of recession and rising youth unemployment it is more important than ever to nurture within our young people with the transferable employability skills and enterprising behaviours they will need to thrive in the adult world. I am delighted that the DfE has approved the next wave of Studio Schools to join the existing Studio Schools in focusing on this vital issue. More students will now have the opportunity to develop these skills in addition to academic or vocational qualifications following the success of the existing Studio Schools. I'm pleased to see this concept developed by the Young Foundation now going to scale."

Jan Hodges, CEO, the Edge Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted that the opening of 15 new Studio Schools has been approved. Their unique education model is a vital tool in helping young people achieve their potential and contributing to the UK’s workforce, which needs to be equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern, global economy.

“Edge believes that “learning by doing” should be valued equally with academic learning and that all learners should experience a mix of both. There are many pathways to success.”

Schools approved today:

Application name Curriculum Focus
Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio Business administration, Retail, ICT, Recreation, Leisure and Tourism
Liverpool Tourism and Culture Studio The Visitor Economy – hospitality, tourism and culture
Health Occupations Studio, Bradford Health Occupations
Film, Theatre and Costume Studio, Bradford ‘Backstage’ industries within these areas
The Create Studio, Goole Three specialist areas: Ports and Logisitcs, Green Energy and Business Enterprise.
Stoke Studio College (MaDE) Advanced Manufacturing
Midland Studio College, Nuneaton Enterprise and Advanced Transport Systems
Walsall Studio School Social Enterprise
Waverley Studio College, Birmingham Health, Sport and Craft
Kajans Hospitality and Catering Studio, Birmingham Catering
The Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise, Letchworth Creative Industries
New Campus Basildon Studio School Health and Social Care, Sport and Leisure
Rye Studio School, East Sussex Creative and Media
Southampton Studio School Cruise and marine industries
Devon Health Studio, Torquay Health, Social Care and Early Years


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