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Pembrokeshire College lecturer gets Royal approval
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Crowned UK FE lecturer of the Year at the Pearson Teaching Awards, Pembrokeshire College equine lecturer Michael Butcher was recently re-presented with the gold Plato award for teaching by HRH Princess Anne at the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) AGM.
Michael was originally presented with his award in late October at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, London where the crème de la crème of the UK teaching profession were celebrated. Michael was one of just 10 teachers from across the UK to win a prestigious gold Plato Award in 2016 and now joins just a handful of FE lecturers to have been recognised with this coveted award.
Nominated for the accolade by learners, parents and colleagues from the College, Michael was one of more than 4,000 applicants to the awards. 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.
Michael has worked in the FE sector for over 21 years, and is a British Showjumping Level 3 UKCC Coach and the lead coach for Dyfed Area 36 and a BHS registered instructor. In 2012, Michael helped to introduce show-jumping as a new discipline in RDA and after years of planning, show-jumping is now delivered at over 11 centres across the whole of the UK.
After seeing his success televised as part of the BBC documentary ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’, HRH Princess Anne made contact with Michael and asked to meet him at the RDA AGM to congratulate him on his award.
Michael commented: “To have been recognised for the work I love doing fills me with pride, each day I am lucky to be in a position to help inspire, engage and fulfil each learner’s ambitions.”
A spokesperson from the Pearson Teaching Awards commented: “Working alongside learners with a varied range of physical and learning disabilities, through building learners trust Mike allows them to achieve a level of riding ability, skills and knowledge and to achieve industry recognised qualifications that many of the learners and their families would have believed to be beyond their grasp. Throughout his teaching career Mike’s commitment to both his learners and his profession has been unparalleled.”
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.”