We were delighted to welcome a host of employers and industry specialists on campus for our annual B6 Vision Day. The purpose of Vision Day was to give students the opportunity to learn more about the many careers in Health and Social Care and Children’s Play, Learning and Development, by engaging with universities, training providers and current practitioners.

Over 100 students took part in a carousel of engaging activities and workshops. Sessions included insightful talks on paramedic science, midwifery, clinical psychology, and teaching, and was delivered by leading universities such as Edge Hill, Leeds, Cumbria, and the University of Central Lancashire.

As part of the day, it was wonderful to welcome back former Children’s Play, Learning and Development students Emma Stott and Olivia Maloney.  B6 alumni Emma Stott, graduated from The Sixth Form in 2020 and progressed on to Edge Hill University to study Working and Teaching in the Early Years.  The former Thornleigh Salesian College student is due to begin her PGCE in September with aspirations of qualifying as a Primary School teacher in the near future.

Emma returned to The Sixth Form to inspire others and to share her experiences with the current students.  Emma talked about her journey onto university through the vocational pathway, and how the experiences she has had prepared her for university life.

Speaking of her time at The Sixth Form, Emma said:

“The Children’s Play, Learning and Development course at The Sixth Form was fantastic for my confidence, and all the work placements gave me so many new experiences.  The teachers were a real inspiration to me, they we so knowledgeable and supportive, they genuinely wanted me to achieve and supported me when I needed it the most.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my amazing teachers”.

B6 alumni Olivia Maloney, also a former student of Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton, joined Emma in delivering to our students and sharing her career journey into teaching.  Olivia has recently achieved her first-class honours degree in Early Years Education at Edge Hill University.  Having achieved her teaching status, Olivia is now honing her craft through working as a supply teacher in a Primary School.

Olivia returned to the Sixth Form to encourage the Children’s Play, Learning and Development students to pursue a career in education.

“My time at The Sixth Form was crucial for me with regards to achieving my career goal. I had never considered university, or that I could become a teacher. I want other students to know that they too can do it, if they work hard enough, listen to their teachers and put the extra work in, that it will all be worth it in the end.”

A big thank you to all those who contributed to this inspirational day.  For out more about out Vocational Social Sciences courses here.

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