Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

The Essential Skills Team, Belfast Metropolitan College

Belfast Metropolitan College

The Award for FE Team of the Year

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Essential Skills team of Belfast Metropolitan College provides learning opportunities that inspire and give confidence to learners, circa 4,000 annually, who have previously had negative experiences in maths, English and ICT.

This team is at the core of the College’s social inclusion agenda reaching out across the city and offering the life-changing benefits of education and training to every individual and community.

Over the past 5 years the team itself has been on its own transformational journey towards excellence with the interests of the learner as its driver. Teaching and learning has been re-energised by focused team meetings, peer mentorship and mutually supportive team teaching. A shared culture of continuous improvement, high staff morale, excellent collegiate working relations and a willingness to engage in new initiatives now characterise the work ethos.