Award milestone for Hull College

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Hull College has become the first educational establishment in the country to have two teaching staff shortlisted for the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015, which was celebrated earlier this week.

Dubbed the “Oscars for Teachers”, the Pearson Teaching Awards celebrate and recognize the country’s outstanding educational professionals.

Hull College Construction Tutors Mike Abel and Darren Storrer joined 67 finalists who were selected from over 20,000 applications and named “stars” of the education profession for 2015.

Hosted at London’s Royal Opera House, accolades were presented by stars and celebrities including Prime Minister David Cameron and Awards President, Emma Thompson.

Mike and Darren were shortlisted for two different categories; The Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education 2015 and The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year 2015.

CEO of Hull College Group, Gary Warke said:

We are delighted that Darren and Mike’s teaching has been recognised by the Pearson Teaching Awards.

To be shortlisted to the final from over 20,000 applications is a phenomenal achievement for them both personally, and for the Group, particularly as recognising two teaching individuals from the same establishment is unheard of.

We are very proud of what they have achieved.

Darren Storrer is the curriculum leader for 14-16 in construction, professional construction studies and painting and decorating. He is also the mastermind behind the 14-16 job club for construction students which develops employability skills and readiness for work and formed part of his nomination

Darren said:

The Pearson Teaching Awards event in London was an outstanding evening, and to see some of the winners was a very humbling occasion – one which I will never forget.

Myself and Mike are very proud to have been part of the awards and to represent the College.

Mike Abel is the curriculum leader for the Construction Department at Hull College and has presented up and down the country on Digital Technology in Teaching; being regarded as one of the leading figures in this work. He has been with Hull College for 18 years and has been nominated for and won the Association of Learning Technology (ALT) Award in 2013 and the Times Newspaper Magazine (TES) Award in 2014.

Mike said:

I love to use new technologies and innovative ways within my classroom settings.

Both I and Darren are very proud to have been a part of the Pearson Awards and we thank Hull College for all their support and kind words which have made it such a special occasion for us.

The ceremony, “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be broadcast on BBC2 at 6pm on October 25.