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16th September 2020

Selected from thousands of nominations, the NSCG Stafford College Sport & Public Services Team has been announced as one of just 76 silver award winners across the country in The Pearson National Teaching Awards. The team were honoured with a silver award in the category ‘Further Education Team of the Year’, for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the learners they work with every day.

The team have seen a number of successes over the past few years, despite challenges with delivering practical sessions at a site 2.5 miles away from the main campus in academic year 2019/20. Aside from purely teaching, the team put together an exciting and varied enrichment programme to appeal to all students including links with Staffordshire Police, The Armed Forces, Stafford Sports Performance and Dance Academy, Stafford Special Olympics and Stafford Town F.C.

The team is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional teaching staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NSCG - Stafford College, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the NSCG Sport and Public Services Team has been recognised as a silver award winner in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. Since the merger between Stafford College and Newcastle College in November 2016 the Stafford College team has gone from strength-to-strength with fantastic growth in student numbers, achievement rates and learner outcomes. Despite facing a number of challenges last year, the team always maintained a relentless focus on delivering a first rate experience for students and dedication to delivering the NSCG ethos ‘committed to excellence’. I was extremely proud and honoured to present the silver award to Curriculum Manager, Mark Kent and his team earlier today on behalf of Pearson UK.”

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:

“Over the past year, we have, all of us, come to appreciate and respect the value of teachers. They have so often been taken for granted. Not any more. Parents know now what it takes to teach, and teach well, and how much commitment, dedication and enthusiasm and knowledge and understanding, yes – and patience.

“Children know it too, if they didn’t before. So many missed their teachers as well as their friends. We all honour them today. Let’s now praise them, wish them well and above all, thank them.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:

“Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners for their commitment, dedication and passion for their work. Despite the incredible challenges they have faced over the past few months, school staff have risen to the occasion time and again.

“It is so important to recognise and celebrate teachers, teaching assistants and lecturers for the impact they have on our young people every year, and that is why Pearson is delighted to support these Awards.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“My warmest congratulations go to all this year’s silver award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students.

“Teachers and school staff up and down the country consistently go above and beyond for their students, and this is especially true over the past few months. It is down to their hard work that schools have been able to open their gates to all pupils again for the start of the new term, and I cannot say thank you enough for everything they have done.”

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