The Isle of Wight Council’s family learning team has been short listed for a national award at the first annual Times Educational Supplement (TES) Further Education Awards.
The team is one of six organisations in the running for the outstanding contribution to the community award. It stood out from hundreds of nominations for its creativity, originality and passion.
The family learning team works with parents, grandparents and carers to provide an opportunity to return to learning whilst supporting a child’s education. The team’s work involves raising the profile of learning in the community, helping to raise achievement in schools, build the skills of the local community to assist in regeneration and to provide opportunities for families to learn together and build confidence and self esteem.
Cllr Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “I am delighted that the work of our family working team has been recognised by the TES. The team makes a real difference to families on the Isle of Wight and I congratulate them on being short listed for this prestigious award.”
Commenting on the awards, Gerard Kelly, editor of The TES, said: “The TES FE Awards are an opportunity to recognise the dedication and expertise of staff in FE who transform the lives of learners. These nominees represent some of the best of this amazing and dynamic sector.”
The six organisations shortlisted for the outstanding contribution to the community award are:
* Workers’ Educational Association/Bumble Bees Barbarians – inclusive rugby for adults of all abilities.
* City College Brighton and Hove – city jobs initiative
* Isle of Wight Council – family learning team
* Media Academy Cardiff – work with disaffected young people
* Prospects College, Essex – takeover of a deprived secondary school
* St Mary’s College, Blackburn – work on family learning
The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on 11 November in London along with the winners of eleven other categories.