The ETF congratulates Silver Winners of National Teaching Awards

The National Teaching Awards help to raise the profile of the teaching profession and highlight the positive impact teachers have on their learners and communities, so the ETF is delighted to see such a strong cohort of Further Education and Training organisations and individuals alongside others celebrated from across the education sector: 

Kalam Neale, Barnsley College – The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year  

Kalam Neale, Esports Programme Lead at Barnsley College (our corporate partner) since 2018, designed, created and delivered the country’s first ever BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Esports. His leading-edge work has ensured that Barnsley College has become a sector leader in the field and has granted him a position of expert in educational digital technology. Kalam’s evident knowledge and passion is shown through constantly sharing best practice with his peers and hosting various sporting events. Barnsley college is a Corporate Partner of the Society for Education and Training (SET), our membership organisation and the only professional body for educators in the FE sector. 

Sean Patterson MSET QTLS, Farnborough College of Technology – The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year  

Sean Patterson is a chef lecturer with many years in the catering industry under his belt and has worked at Farnborough College of Technology since 2017. On top of delivering a range of courses to catering students (both school leavers and adults train at the College at all levels), he also trains them for various competitions in his own time. His passion and determination contributed to securing external funding twice to improve the College’s kitchens and restaurant. Sean is also a SET member.  

Dominic Whelan, Sandwell College – The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year  

Dominic Whelan, lecturer in the automotive department and personal tutor for over 80 full-time learners, has been an inspiration to hundreds of students at Sandwell College. From sharing powerful stories from his time in the RAF to establishing a group to give students a safe space to talk about issues, he is viewed as a role model by many. 

Ivor Neill, North West Regional College, Derry – The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year 

Ivor Neill, sports lecturer at North West Regional College, has been using his life experiences to ensure that his lessons stay active and engaging. After a long career in the industry, his contagious motivation and vivacity has granted him recognition from his colleagues and respect from learners.  

Jacqueline Turner, North West Regional College, Derry – The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year 

Jacqueline has worked at North West Regional College as a Health and Social Care Lecturer since 2015. As a registered nurse, she uses her skills and compassion to make sure that her students’ physical and emotional wellbeing are being cared for, as she truly believes they go hand in hand with academic success. 
Steph Lee-Vae, The Bedford College Group – The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year 

Steph Lee-Vae, Art & Design lecturer at Tresham College (part of The Bedford College Group), has been committed to giving their students more opportunities with innovative ideas. During lockdown, they successfully founded Art Mesh, a creative arts digital magazine so that students were still able to showcase their work in exhibitions.  

The NWRC Pearson Diploma in Health Studies Team, North West Regional College – The Award for FE Team of the Year 

This teaching team, consisting of health professionals (including nurses and midwifes), is committed to assisting their students to reach their full potential and professional goals. The team’s unique experience, along with its passion, introduces learners to the kinds of working practices that they can expect in a career in the Health Services.  

The Motor Vehicle Team, The Bedford College Group – The Award for FE Team of the Year 

The team worked hard on keeping their students engaged during lockdown. They shared their experience through a dedicated YouTube channel and redeveloped a new Centre in Bedford to lead the way in offering cutting-edge training in electric vehicle maintenance for local school leavers, adults, and employers.  

The Additional Learning Support (ALS) Team, The Oldham College – The Award for FE Team of the Year 

The Additional Learning Support Team (with over 50 staff) has one goal in mind: develop innovative ways of supporting students to reach their true potential. Thanks to a successful strategy in sharing expertise across the College and the team’s continuous support, SEND students excelled post-pandemic, despite the challenges and barriers they faced. 

At the ETF, through our support to the sector, especially through our membership organisation, SET, we are committed to the development of teachers, leaders and trainers, and we love to celebrate their success. 

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