The Stratford Campus
Cherie meets the students
In the Catering Department
I believe the Sir John Cass School of Education will be a catalyst for major change in the education landscape across London.
On Thursday 8 October, Cherie launched the University of East London's new Sir John Cass School of Education, where she made a speech and unveiled a plaque to officially open the school.
On her arrival Cherie was met by UEL's Chair of Governors, Mark Stephens and Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Price, who gave her a tour of the impressive facilities. The Mayor of Greenwich, Allan Maccarthy, Deputy Mayor of Waltham Forest, Peter Woolcott and Deputy Mayor of Havering, Melvin Wallace were also present at the event, accompanied by a number of teachers, students, head teachers, college principals and education directors and trustees of the Sir John Cass's Foundation.
In her speech Cherie said "Having been given a tour of the great facilities on offer here I believe the Sir John Cass School of Education will be a catalyst for major change in the education landscape across London. Education transformed my life, without my education I would not have become a barrister or met Tony, which means I would not be standing before you today. Teachers do make a difference so it's fantastic to be here where you are training the teachers of tomorrow."
Costing £1 million and located on UEL's Stratford Campus, the building accommodates almost 2,500 students. It has a remarkable range of facilities including research and specially equipped teaching areas, a kitchen, a music, dance and drama studio, an ICT area, science labs as well as an art, design and textiles studio. The building received a major grant from the Sir John Cass Foundation, whose chairman Kevin Everett believes the school is part of the organisations 'legacy' and a milestone in the work of their foundation. Ann Slater, Dean of the Sir John Cass School of Education said: "I am delighted to be here today to see our new School of Education become a reality. We greatly value the support of the Sir John Cass Foundation in completing the school."
The Sir John Cass School of Education is already one of London's leading centres for teacher training and now its undergraduate courses will include Early Childhood Studies, Special Educational Needs, Youth and Community Work and foundation degrees for Teaching Assistants. Many of its alumni are already working in local schools and it is a Category A provider for Secondary teacher training. Ann Slater, the school's dean, plans to make the new centre of education at the university into a beacon for aspiring teachers throughout the area.
Lecturer Patricia Walker said it was important to realise the new centre was dealing with education as a whole rather than simply teacher training and she emphasised that they want to make it a centre of excellence for people who want to go on and work with children and young people. "UEL has deep roots with the community and it's great to see so many people from different backgrounds here it's important to inspire everyone. Let me congratulate you for being a beacon in your communities." Cherie Blair
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