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Gold Plato for Mike
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Pembrokeshire College lecturer, Michael Butcher, became one of just a handful of FE lecturers across the UK to be awarded a gold Plato Award for teaching at the recent Pearson Teaching Awards.
At a ceremony celebrating the crème de la crème of the UK teaching profession, Michael was one of just 10 teachers from across the UK to win a prestigious gold Plato Award in front of an audience of hundreds at the Guildhall in London and now joins just a handful of FE lecturers to have been recognised with this coveted award.
Michael was nominated for the accolade by learners, parents and colleagues from the College. Based at the College’s equine centre Michael works primarily with learners who have a wide variety of physical and learning disabilities. Success rates for his courses are amongst the highest in the College at 95 per cent, with attendance also at 95 per cent.
Back in 2012, Michael helped introduce show-jumping as a new discipline in Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK). After years of planning, show-jumping is now delivered at over 11 centres across the whole of the UK.
Hosted by the actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, star of ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘Mock the Week’, the ceremony also saw awards handed out across categories such as Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement. Hugh commented: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be hosting this year’s ceremony. The inspiration and support of my fantastic teachers got me to where I am today, and it’s great to be able to join in and celebrate other teachers’ incredible achievements as well.”
The Pearson Teaching Awards is 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.
Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK, said: “A huge congratulations to the 2016 Teaching Award winners. Pearson is so proud to sponsor this celebration – great teaching makes the biggest difference to a child’s education and it’s incredibly important that we take this moment each year to recognise that.”
Parents and students alike can recognise the teachers who are making a difference by visiting www.pearsonteachingawards.com to thank a teacher. Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.