Learners Choice for Tutor or Group of Tutors

12th June 2015 Date of publication

Learners Choice for Tutor or Group of Tutors

Winner - Debbie Rewcastle, Bishop Auckland College

Nominator: Sabrina Chambers, Nikki Richardson, Ashley Seymour and Helen Willey

(Pictured below Debbie Rewcastle receiving her award from Louise Morritt and David Hall from One Awards)

Debbie is a tutor on the Access to HE Diploma at Bishop Auckland College. Four separate learners have nominated Debbie Rewcastle for the Learner’s Choice Award – here is a flavour of what they each had to say about Debbie:

‘Not only has Debbie been the most inspirational teacher and support giver, she has encouraged and enabled me to secure a place at university to study midwifery; an achievement I never thought would be possible.’

‘Debbie has also been a fantastic mentor throughout the course; she has always believed I could achieve my goal and that has encouraged me to move forward, even with the odds stacked against me. The influence Debbie has had on my learning journey has changed my life.’

‘Debbie’s warmth and presence along with her professionalism and clear advice has given me the tools essential to allow me to follow my dream of twenty five years - going into nursing.’

‘Debbie is the most amazingly dedicated tutor, committed to helping every student in all aspects of their lives. She’s been an inspiration to us all!’

‘Debbie is always there when I have problems and her door is always open.’

‘She is caring, compassionate and hard working. Debbie Rewcastle wholeheartedly deserves the Learner’s Choice award for all the hard work she does in college for all the students. She is so special.’

‘Before I began studying Access to Higher Education I was very doubtful of my goal being achievable, I was intimidated by education; now I feel confident in myself and my abilities thanks to the kind and thoughtful input from the best teacher, mentor and facilitator I’ve ever known – Debbie Rewcastle.’

Learners Choice for Tutor or Group of Tutors

Highly Commended - Ros Jackson, Sunderland College

Nominator: Kristos Kabiotis

Ros Jackson is the programme leader for the Access to Education Diploma at Sunderland College. Ros is an inspirational tutor who has motivated and encouraged our whole group with her dedication and brilliance. In addition to her commitment to her teaching Ros has organised events and visits that are way beyond the demands of the Access programme.

In November she organised a remembrance service in the foyer at Shiney Row Centre and at Washington Centres Hub. She wrote the programme, the prayers and the service which was delivered by Access students who were on the education pathway. Students of different faiths were included and involved in this ceremony and students from other courses participated as an audience in the prayers and during the one-minute silence.

In December Ros organised a Carol service, which was led by the students on the Access to Education Diploma. Other students who participated were from a huge variety of backgrounds and gave readings in Italian, performed songs from their own countries and read poetry in their own language.

At Easter Ros organised an Easter service led again by Access students, which involved carrying a cross from the centre of Sunderland to Tunstall Hill. The cross had also been decorated by Access students. Ros not only gives Access students a fantastic educational experience she goes above and beyond the course to give the students a cultural experience during their time on their Access course. She is truly an inspiring teacher and advocate of Access courses and she enables us all to achieve our potential.

(Pictured above Ros Jackson receiving her award from Louise Morritt and David Hall from One Awards)

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