Truro And Penwith College News December 2014

Top performing Higher Education student begins valuable work placement


Ben Sanders (Lecturer in Computing and ICT, Truro & Penwith College), Lauren Cook (2nd Year FdSc Web Technology Student) and Mark Grice (Managing Director, Digital Web Media).

Top performing Computing student Lauren Cook will shortly begin a placement at web development agency, Digital Web Media, during her second year on the Web Technology Foundation Degree course at Truro and Penwith College.

Digital Web Media (DWM) is a successful web development company that has been providing clients with outstanding web solutions for over fifteen years. A well-known and respected web company in Cornwall, DWM provides bespoke solutions to a wide ranging number of clients across a multitude of development platforms. Lauren said: “This opportunity is going to have great benefits, as I get to learn about the industry and gain expert knowledge, which will help in my quest to build my career in web development.”

Mark Grice, Managing Director of DWM, added: “With the ever changing world of digital and the web it’s important for the education sector to harness the knowledge of web agencies. It ensures that graduates are coming out of Higher Education with highly employable skills. There is currently a national shortage of web developers in the UK so to inspire students at placement stage is critical for the industry.”

Through collaborative partnerships with local employers, Truro and Penwith College is able to provide these unique work experience opportunities for students. These opportunities are both invaluable for student development as well as benefitting local businesses. Moreover, these collaborations bridge the gap between educational theory and the practical skills required for employment in Cornwall’s IT industry.

Ben Sanders, Computing & IT Lecturer at Truro and Penwith College, said: “Working in collaboration with successful local companies such as Digital Web Media provides our students with invaluable opportunities to put their skills and knowledge into practice. I am very proud of what Lauren has achieved on the FdSc Web Technology course and I am confident that the collaboration between Truro and Penwith College and Digital Web Media will provide an opportunity to help ensure that our graduates possess the requisite skills for employment both within Cornwall and beyond.”

Lauren plans to continue her studies on the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies top-up degree course, also available at Truro and Penwith College, from September 2015.


Gold award for Truro College

(L-R) Fabian Hamilton MP (IAB Honorary President), Nikki Masters and Lindsay Geach from Truro College with their Gold Centre award, and Janet Jack (Chair of the IAB).

(L-R) Fabian Hamilton MP (IAB Honorary President), Nikki Masters and Lindsay Geach from Truro College with their Gold Centre award, and Janet Jack (Chair of the IAB).

Truro College has been recognised for its outstanding work in training the bookkeepers of the future with a Gold Centre award from the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB).

The College has been an IAB accredited centre for 19 years, and has been commended for its consistent high performance, based on an overall assessment of pass rates over an extended period of time and across a wide range of IAB qualifications.

“As an organisation we are committed to promoting the highest standards of competence and excellence among bookkeepers, a body of professionals who play a key role in the day-to-day management and financial health of businesses of all sizes,” said Malcolm Trotter, Chief Executive of the IAB. “Our accredited centres play a crucial part in our work, and those that have received Gold Awards have demonstrated consistently strong results over a long period of time.”

Nikki Masters and Lindsay Geach attended the House of Commons representing the Business, Administration and Law department at Truro College and were presented with the Gold Award at a prestigious ceremony hosted by Fabian Hamilton MP, IAB Honorary President.


A celebration of languages at Truro College

Truro College Language Ambassadors Nathalie Lloyd-Cope, Dani Jeffries and Lysette Turner.

Truro College Language Ambassadors Nathalie Lloyd-Cope, Dani Jeffries and Lysette Turner.

Over 100 Year 11 students from Pool Academy, the Roseland Community College, Brannel School, Humphry Davy School, Truro High School, Richard Lander School, Budehaven Community School and Penrice Academy, with their respective teachers, participated in a celebration of languages hosted by Truro College.

The aim of the celebration was to inspire students to learn foreign languages by providing a scenario where students had to work in teams to achieve targets set within a strict deadline. All groups showed great ability and organisational skills to complete their research, translation, interpreting, marketing and micro-teaching assignments in a total of 40 workshops in German, Italian, French and Spanish. This was part of this year’s ‘Languages at University and Beyond’ event which all schools in Cornwall are invited to participate in.

Apart from the College’s Modern Foreign Languages team, including foreign assistants and student Language Ambassadors, Dr Cunico and James Perryman (a former student at the College) visited from Exeter University to give a presentation on the importance of learning foreign languages. Dr Cunico revealed some astonishing statistics, including the fact that 75% of the world population do not speak English at all, as well as that British businesses lose billions of pounds every year because their employees cannot speak a foreign language. On the lighter side, James Perryman shared his exciting experiences on his year abroad whilst studying Law at the University of Exeter.

Truro College Language Ambassador Lysette Turner said: “I came to this event last year as a student and it opened my eyes about how bad we are in terms of language learning compared to other countries. Fortunately, events like this show us that there are more and more of us who want to change that.”

At the end of the event, visiting students received a certificate outlining their achievements and left the College with a positive feeling about the prospects that learning a language could offer, as well as the opportunities and excitement they could bring to their lives.

Students can apply for A Level and International Baccalaureate language courses in German, Italian, French and Spanish at Truro and Penwith College.


Launch to improve Mathematics teaching in schools and colleges across Cornwall and West Devon

Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum at Truro and Penwith College, Dee Passenger, Oldway Primary School, Jenny Blunden, Teaching School Director and Chris Gould, Headteacher at Chacewater Primary School.

Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum at Truro and Penwith College, Dee Passenger, Oldway Primary School, Jenny Blunden, Teaching School Director and Chris Gould, Headteacher at Chacewater Primary School.

Teachers and leaders from educational institutions across Cornwall and West Devon attended a launch of the Maths Hub at Truro and Penwith College. The College was selected as one of only 32 schools and colleges in England to take the lead role in a new network of school-based centres designed to improve maths education for children and teenagers of all ages.

Over a hundred and thirty delegates attended the launch, Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum gave a brief introduction and explained that the project was responding to the national priorities and challenges in education today and that this event would provide an opportunity to share expertise and experience in helping teachers improve the effectiveness of maths lessons, in primary and secondary schools across the region. The launch involved twelve workshops across a range of teaching and leadership themes involving local higher education partners from Exeter University and Plymouth University.

Truro and Penwith College is working in partnership with Pool Academy and schools from early years, primary and secondary phase and covers a large area including all of Cornwall and much of West Devon.

Chris Gould, Headteacher at Chacewater School near Truro and Dee Passenger, Teacher at Oldway Primary School, Paignton gave a presentation on their teacher exchange experience in the ‘China-England Research and Innovation Project’. They visited Shanghai in September to begin a teacher exchange to learn how the Chinese achieve some of the highest results in mathematics internationally. The different approaches will be put to practice back in the South West in February and March next year when two Chinese teachers visit England for a month. They will work intensively with our teachers locally to teach maths in primary schools to see what approaches are transferable.

Jenny Blunden, Teaching School Director and lead on the Maths Hub commented on the event:

“We are delighted that so many schools and colleges have taken this opportunity to be part of the launch of the Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub. The Maths Hub will work to improve effectiveness in maths teaching across the region, encourage a wider range of maths related enrichment opportunities and provide new materials for teaching and learning. One of the national priorities is to encourage more young people to study mathematics beyond age 16 and the College is working in partnership with secondary schools across the region to both develop mathematics through challenging and innovative teaching and also to demonstrate the value of maths in a wide range of future careers with the children and young people themselves.”

For details of all Maths Hubs, go to or contact Rachel Coker, Maths Hub Administrator for more information e:


Shelo Foundation fundraiser

Staff and students from Community Studies presenting a cheque to the Shelo Foundation’s Kathryn Ecott.

Staff and students from Community Studies presenting a cheque to the Shelo Foundation’s Kathryn Ecott.

Students from the Community Studies Department in Truro College raised £170.61 for the Shelo Foundation by hosting a cake sale at the College over two days last month. Students and staff from the department made cakes, fruit loaves and flap jacks to sell and raised the money to help sponsor six children who are supported by the Foundation.

Kathryn Ecott from the Shelo Foundation was presented with the cheque by lecturer Josephine Orme who helped organise the event, supported by Elizabeth Phillips, the Department Team Leader, and the rest of the team who encouraged students to sell cakes to other students in their free time.

The Community Studies team decided that to provide funds to enable children access education in Africa would be a continuous commitment until the children complete their education, in the hope that it will empower these children to become independent adults who are able to support themselves and contribute to their local communities.

The Shelo Foundation is run by junior doctors with a branch working at Treliske Hospital. The money raised pays for the children to access education and provides for some essential medical care. It is hoped that links with the Shelo Orphanage will grow and students will be able to write letters to the sponsored children and find out about their progress in the future.