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College scoops 2nd TES Award
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Pembrokeshire College was recognised again at the latest TES FE Awards, this time picking up the award for Outstanding Teaching and Learning Initiative.
The only College in Wales to pick up an award at this year's event, this is the second year running that the College has been recognised at the TES FE Awards having picked up the award for Outstanding Human Resources Team at last year’s ceremony.
The College were awarded the prize for an initiative that has seen student retention increase to a staggering 98 per cent through the use of innovative teaching methods.
Within the first week of starting the level three health and social care course, new learners are asked to sit a psychometric test, giving tutors an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. This also allows students to gain an insight into their own learning and behaviour. As a result, grades rocketed.
The structure of the programme was also overhauled. As part of their second-year project, learners now write and deliver their own lesson plans and schemes of work, helping to reinforce their understanding of crucial modules such as health and safety.
The course’s original block workplace placement was also broken down to become one day a week and embedded projects with St David’s Care in the Community giving learners greater exposure to individuals with learning and physical disabilities over a longer period.
The judges were impressed with Pembrokeshire College’s “innovative approach to overcome a distinct challenge – retention (and success) rates on a particular course, with demonstrable success.”
The College’s victory was witnessed by over 500 people gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, on Friday 28 February.
Other awards at the glittering black-tie event, hosted by Jo Brand, included prizes for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, FE Provider of the Year and Outstanding Use of Technology for which we were shortlisted.
Now in their third year, the TES FE Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the wide range of providers working in learning and skills. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 13 categories to recognise achievement in employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.
For more coverage of the awards, full lists of winners, and photos from the evening, please visit www.tesfeawards.co.uk or pick up a copy of TES, available in newsagents from 7 March.