Nick Gibb visited DLD College London on Monday 12th March in order to discover about teaching and learning at this highly successful college. He was accompanied by Baroness Pauline Perry, who chairs the House of Lords Education Committee.
The pair spoke to A Level and GCSE students and teachers in a wide variety of classes, including Mathematics, Economics, Art & Design, History, Chemistry, Biology and Photography. Students were asked questions about why they had chosen to come to DLD, where they had studied before, and what was special about the College. They were also questioned on their A-Level subject choices and career ambitions. Students were upbeat about DLD – they felt it was a better place to study than their former schools, (which included some well-known names). Students enjoyed the personalised approach and the friendliness of DLD as well as the chance to feel more ‘in the driving seat’ for their studies. Popular university and career choices were Economics, Business and Management as well as Medicine and Engineering. Arts and Humanities programmes were also favoured by DLD students.
Nick Gibb was keen to learn about the new university links made by Abbey DLD colleges, including the Business & management Foundation and degree programme with the University of Buckingham at Abbey London and the Music Foundation Programme with Trinity Laban Conservatoire at DLD.
Baroness Perry asked the College’s international students what had attracted them to DLD College and students said that studying at DLD was a good way to help them to enter top UK universities. The College could help students to prepare successfully for entry into competitive degree programmes such as Medicine, Law and Economics, guiding them into good study habits as well as managing the whole UCAS process.
After visiting the classes a meeting took place with Graham Able, CEO of Alpha Plus and Richard Purchase, Director of Development and Colleges. Graham spoke about the important challenges posed by globalisation and the ways in which education needed to respond. He mentioned offshore initiatives such as a new Business Foundation in Hong Kong and support for a new school in Yangon.
Both Baroness Perry and the Rt Hon Nick Gibb enjoyed their visit and said that they were impressed by the students and teachers they met.