The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Jonathan Wharton

Sunderland College

The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year

Sunderland

In a short time as a lecturer, on a fixed term maternity contract, Jonathan has completely transformed the dynamics within the drama department.

He has created a wealth of opportunities for the learners he teaches, and is highly creative in finding way to inspire and engage everyone. Alongside all the hard work and dedication Jonathan gives Sunderland College, he also works with a local academy, Thornhill, where he delivers free drama sessions to learners who would otherwise not be able to access such activities. This is an enormous help to the community as it gives the learners the chance to be involved and come together as a tighter society.

Jonathan is extremely passionate about the arts being included in education and for the past 8 months, he has implemented programmes to engage learners into seeing creative arts as future employment opportunities. Jonathan’s proactive thinking into how to transform the learning environment to become more stimulating and meaningful has resulted in a more enriched classroom, increased productivity within the department, and inspired learners.