The passion, commitment and enthusiasm of our teaching has been recognised with a place in the finals of The Skills Awards 2019.
Course Leader for Functional Skills English, Louise McPhee, has been shortlisted for the title of English Teacher of the Year.
Nominated by fellow team members, Louise said: “When I was told that I had been nominated I was really quite humbled and shocked. I am part of a fantastic team and so to be singled out to be nominated was an honour.”
To go on to be shortlisted, she said: “It is honestly really flattering to have got this far. I am really proud and happy.”
First launched last year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Skills Conference, The Skills Awards offer an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of educational establishments along with great teaching.
Celebrating outstanding, pioneering and innovative work in the development of English and maths skills, there are three categories this year:
• Provider of the Year
• English Teacher of the Year
• Maths Teacher of the Year
Winners will be announced at The Skills Conference, hosted by bksb, on Tuesday March 12 at The King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Nominating Louise for the award, Stockton Riverside College’s Programme Area Leader for English and Maths, Leanne Hill, said: “We have a brilliant team that wants the best for our learners.
“Louise and the team go above and beyond for their students and it really makes a difference in ways that sometimes can’t be seen or measured by data.”
She said: “Louise adopts a range of methods to ensure her learners reach their potential. Her lessons are engaging and dynamic and take into account the interests of the learners. She aims to empower her learners to believing they can do something which formal exam results have previously implied they can’t.”
Rebecca Matthews, Head of Department for English, Maths, ESOL and Alternative Provision, added: “Louise is a hard working member of the team who goes above and beyond to support both learners and staff, which is evident in the results she and the team achieve.”
Hoping to be able to bring the title of English Teacher of the Year back to Stockton, Louise said: “I love making a difference to young people and that has been my drive since I started in education 16 years ago. It is all about being able to have that positive influence, not just getting the qualification but also helping them to gain confidence.”
She said: “If the learners are enjoying the experience they are having then the rest takes care of itself. If they come to class and do the work then they are going to achieve.”