The Sports and PE department of New College Pontefract have been presented with the Pearson National Teaching Award’s FE Team of the Year by the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards, which feature on the BBC’s One Show every year, represent the highest award available for a teaching department and the Gold Award reflects a decade’s worth of success for the PE team, both with high quality educational outcomes and with supporting their students in engaging in voluntary work in the community.
“It is a huge honour,” said Tom Shepherd, Director of Sport at New College. “The award is for the whole team, and rightly so. All of them have given many hours of their time above and beyond their core jobs, to help students access additional training, gain volunteer experience and work with primary pupils here and abroad. We are still on a high from the event, and meeting the new Secretary of State for Education was really interesting!”
Vicky Marks, New College Principal, added, “This award is so well deserved. The entire PE department work so hard at engaging all our students and staff in physical exercise and sport. Their approach to equality, working with Paralympic sports such as boccia and wheelchair basketball, speaks volumes about the college’s commitment to being a welcoming and supportive community. We are delighted with their success.”
This is not the first time that New College Pontefract have won a Pearson National Teaching Award. Last year the college’s senior leadership team won the Silver Award in the same category, FE Team of the Year.