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Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education, visits Newham College

Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education spent the morning of the 29th March at Newham College’s East Ham campus meeting students and staff to find out about the exciting work taking place there.

Mr Slater was welcomed by the College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Stephen and Janet Gardner, Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality. He was then given a tour around the College, where he spoke with staff and students across a wide range of different subjects. That was followed by a working lunch with students, apprentices and supported interns to find out more about life as a Newham College student. 

Some of the department areas that Mr Slater attended included ESOL, Maths, Hospitality & Catering, Hair and Beauty and Fashion and Tailoring, as well as the College’s FOCUS classes for its SEND students.

Jonathan Slater said:

 “I was delighted to visit Newham College on Friday and learn about the excellent work taking place there, particularly the focus on helping adult learners get back into education. It was inspiring to see how passionate the teachers are at the college and their commitment to getting the best out of the students while making sure they are happy and motivated.”

Paul Stephen, Newham College Principal and Chief Executive said:

“Newham College provides courses and teaching that lead to great careers for great local people. The College has strong links with employers, is one of London’s largest apprenticeship providers and has recently received Matrix accreditation for its careers information, advice and guidance. We were delighted to welcome Jonathan Slater to the College and give him the opportunity to meet our truly inspirational staff and students.”

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