The expertise, passion and dedication of the Tutors at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre has been recognised with a place in the finals of the prestigious Educate North Awards.
The College was shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Award at the ceremony which recognises teaching excellence in the Further and Higher Education sector.
The College attended a glittering awards ceremony in Manchester, hosted by Jim Hancock, former political editor of Granada TV and BBC North West. The college was the only educational establishment to be recognised for the strength and depth of its entire teaching team, with the award on the evening being presented to an individual Tutor - Professor Howard Williams, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester
College Principal Karen Buchanan said she was proud to be in the finals of the prestigious awards which celebrate the people and initiatives at the very best further education institutions in the North.
The College's award nomination which impressed the judging panel said: “Each and every Tutor at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre shares a commitment to provide excellent teaching for students, whatever their aspirations. A Level and Vocational programme tutors alike are united in their determination to use the full extent of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from their academic training; their in-depth research into pedagogy and extensive industry experience to see students accept places at the UK’s top universities; enjoy fulfilling careers and take their place as confident members of society.
“Tutors take pride in the achievements of all students and celebrate their successes; they are mentors and role models who take time to offer individual support to students and create diverse learning opportunities that are engaging and fun.”
The focus on teaching excellence saw the College achieve its best ever results in 2018 with a 99.5% A Level pass rate; 64% of A Level students achieving at least one A*-B grade; 91% of A Level students achieving at least one A*-C grade; 100% Advanced Vocational pass rate for 15 years with 93% of students achieving at least one Distinction*-Merit grade and more than 500 students progressing to top universities.
Reaching the finals of Educate North is the latest in a line of recent successes for Burnley College, including being ranked second in the country in Government league tables, being named the North West Aerospace Alliance’s New Talent Skills Champion for the second year running and gaining the Association of Colleges’ Beacon College status. Individually, staff and Tutors gave also been recognised nationally and internationally for their skills, talent and knowledge, including Neil Burrows, head of the Centre for Engineering Excellence and Advanced Maufacturing who reached the finals of the SEMTA Engineering awards in the Skills Champion category; Charlotte Williams, a Sports student and member of the College's Elite Athlete Programme who represents GB in the hammer and Themis Apprentice Tyler Atkinson who is a finalist in the WorldSkills contest, competing against the best metal workers in the world, in a competition in Russia.