Weston College scoops Beacon Award

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 February 2013

Matthew Hancock presents Beacon Award to Principal Paul Philips.

Matthew Hancock presents Beacon Award to Principal Paul Philips.

Weston College

College staff, including Principal Paul Phillips, travelled to London to receive a Beacon Award for staff development.

The award, given by the Association of Colleges and sponsored by City & Guilds, was for the college’s foundation degree in inclusive practice.

This course, which was started in 2007, was the first qualification of its kind in the country and was set up to meet the needs of staff working with those with learning difficulties.

Almost 50 Weston College staff members have taken the qualification, with a 100 per cent pass rate.

Weston College is nationally recognised for its exemplary practice in autism, and plans to build on its reputation by opening a dedicated centre this year.

Dr Phillips said: “We have long understood the importance of meeting the needs of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and this award shows how seriously we take staff development in this field.

“I would like to pay tribute to the entrepreneurial talent of Jacqui Ford and Barbara Titmuss at Weston College who brought a concept to reality.”

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