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Local Pearson Teaching Award Winner in-line for UK Gold National Teaching Award

23/10/2014
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The Engineering Team at Coleg y Cymoedd is off to London to attend the star studded UK final of the Pearson National Teaching Awards hosted by TV historian Dan Snow.

Back in May of this year, members of the Engineering Team were recognised for their exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 59 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK.

On Sunday 26th October, the Engineering Team and the other Silver Award winners, will attend a glittering ceremony at London’s Guildhall Great Hall, to find out which of them has been selected to win a National Pearson Teaching Award, also known as a Gold Plato Award.  The ceremony, hosted by Dan Snow, and filmed by the BBC, will see the announcement of just 11 Gold Plato award-winners, representing the very best of the UK’s teaching profession.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognize the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 at 6pm on 2nd November as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

The Engineering team comprises 24 staff with a range of exceptional expertise in aeronautical, electrical and mechanical engineering; their team is united in their clear vision, "to be the best provider of engineering apprenticeship training in Wales". There are currently over 300 full and part time learners enrolled on Engineering programmes ranging from entry level qualifications to a Foundation Degree in Aircraft Engineering. Many of these learners are apprentices and many are sponsored to attend college by their employer. The team is committed to providing the highest quality educational standards in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for their students.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said, “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards.  I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

President, UK and Core Markets, Pearson, said: “Everyone can remember a teacher who inspired and challenged them so it's important to say thank you.  It is great teaching that makes the biggest difference to learning and that's why great teachers must be recognised”.

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