Pearson Teaching Awards 2016 Winners

Somerset College Lecturers Win 2016 Pearson Teaching Award

The Computing and Games Team at Somerset College, Taunton, Somerset has today been announced a Silver Teaching Award Winner, in the Award for Further Education Team of the Year in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.

Somerset College’s team of Computing and Games lecturers have been selected from thousands of nominations as one of the winners of the prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards that are presented to outstanding local heroes of education.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam; they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach. The award will be presented to the Computing and Games Team at Somerset College today, 17 June 2016, as part of celebrations across England, Ireland and Wales on ‘Thank a Teacher Day’.

The Somerset College Computing and Games team have been described as ”an inspiring and highly motivated team who energise one another – are strong individually, but formidable as a whole”.

Joanna Burford, Vice Principal Curriculum & Quality at Somerset College says:

“All the team’s activities have a core aim of enabling the student to thrive and flourish by being relevant and engaging. Each of the team has evolved and developed their own particular strengths, whilst ensuring their knowledge is shared and enhances the student experience”.

The Computing and Games Team have excelled through developing diverse and innovative delivery methods, such as “build a computer against the clock”, inspired by the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme tune, or creating three dimensional models of gaming consoles. Examples of how the team design, develop and deliver an engaging and highly successful curriculum model.

Joanna says: “The Pearson Award is recognition to the lecturers work tirelessly to develop engaging and commercially relevant materials for their students, ensuring that that the individual needs of the learners, some of whom exhibit traits of autism, are able to realise their full potential.”

“The team thrive on success and challenge, and are entirely student centred.
Everyone at Somerset College is immensely proud of them and their students’ achievements and we congratulate on winning this national award”.

The Computing and Games Team at Somerset College consists of:
Stephen Fletcher
Richard Willis
Ben Thain
Dave Matravers
James Shaun
Amber Shah
Thomas Bull
Lucy Fortt
George Seba

In addition to receiving their award today at Somerset College, the Computing and Games Team will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on 23 October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plate Award. The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock.