Prestigious awards for Weston tutors

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 June 2015

Weston College principal Paul Phillips with Scott Austin and Jerry Nightingale.

Weston College principal Paul Phillips with Scott Austin and Jerry Nightingale.

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TWO Weston College tutors who work with plumbing students and offenders in prison have won national awards for their work.

Plumbing lecturer Scott Austin and offender learning lecturer Jerry Nightingale were picked out from tens of thousands of nominees from across the country to win silver in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015.

Now the pair are set to attend a glamorous event in London which will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

Mr Nightingale said: “I’m shocked to have won this award.

“Working in the prison service, my work is often only seen by management. It’s fantastic to have this recognition for the work that my colleagues and I do.”

The college’s executive director Fiona Quick, who oversees the offender learning programme, said: “This award is a great achievement for Jerry and truly shows his commitment to creating brighter futures.

“All of our teachers have a consistent and hugely positive impact on the lives of offenders in the South West and it is wonderful to gain national recognition for this.”

The pair will now go to an event dedicated to Britain’s classroom heroes which will be held in Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House in October.

Mr Austin said: “To get this far with the college’s support has been fantastic and a great honour.”

The college’s principal Paul Phillips said: “This result shows that college teaching is at the top of its game.

“I am very proud of the contribution that our staff make to our learners’ journeys.”

The awards have been running since 1999.

Pearson’s president of core markets, Rod Bristow, said: “We believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teaching and the heroic efforts of all teachers to help improve the life chances of the next generation.”

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