Evripides Evriviades was named Tutor of the Year at the 2020 Festival of Learning Awards, which were held virtually on 3 November. The award, which is sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives.
Evripides works for Derby Adult Learning Service teaching English and maths from entry level through to level 2. His innovative, creative and functional lessons have supported many vulnerable and marginalised people to reach their potential and surpass their own expectations.
He began his career in a young offenders’ institute, where he set up a new education service in partnership with probation to give people another option as part of their community service. Today, he teaches a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and cultures. He works with patients with mental health problems and people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
His nomination cited his unstinting dedication to empowering adults, his commitment to his own continuing professional development, and the work he does supporting and coaching his colleagues and mentoring newly-qualified staff.
Evripides believes giving his learners self-confidence is the most important thing he does:
“I think the main difference I make is empowering people to have self-belief, and to influence their own future. It is important that learners overcome negative beliefs and see that they can be successful. Education is a great vehicle for social inclusion.”
Introducing the award, ETF Chief Executive Officer David Russell said:
“We are delighted to sponsor the Tutor of the Year Award again this year. Of all the things we think matter in adult education, the role of the teacher is the thing we think matters the most. Our congratulations go to this year’s winner, Evripides Evriviades.”
Full details of all of the winners are available on the 2020 Festival of Learning Awards website. The Festival of Learning is organised by the Learning and Work Institute.