The TEC Partnership is attending The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes Dinner as one of the Round 14 winners! The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise the hard-work universities and colleges who showcase quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. The TEC Partnership received this award for it’s exceptional approach to using digital technology in an educational setting. The announcement of the TEC Partnership’s receipt of this prestigious award was made in November, by the Royal Anniversary Trust.
This evening, a group of our amazing staff will be representing us at the dinner (held in London) as one of the few shortlisted education providers who are being recognised for their innovative approach to teaching. These awards are the highest national honour for further and higher education institutions, so we’re thrilled to be in attendance and celebrating this milestone achievement.
On Friday, 26 November we celebrated our WorldSkills learner’s achievements with a watch party in the UCG corner lounge, with their friends, family and tutors attending. Steph McGovern made the announcement live on her TV show at 4pm. Read more
Face coverings will be mandatory in all communal areas and classrooms. If you don’t have one, please see a staff member when entering a site.
Face coverings should be worn in communal areas and classrooms. Close contacts of people with the new Covid variant Omicron should isolate for 7 days (or until they have two negative lateral flow tests), regardless of vaccination status. If you have been in close contact with someone with the Omicron variant, you will be contacted directly by NHS track and trace and instructed to isolate. Students should continue to wear face coverings on public and college transport.
We are asking you to wear face coverings in all classrooms, corridors, social areas, food services areas etc and only remove them when you are seated while eating and drinking.
As of 3 January 2022, the key changes relate to face coverings and length of time to isolate which are summarised below:
In addition to face coverings being required in communal areas, the guidance now recommends that learners wear face coverings in classrooms and other teaching areas such as workshops. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example during sports lessons and physical activity.
The latest guidance does not expect teachers to wear a face covering whilst teaching students if you are at the front of the class, to support education delivery.
The 10-day self-isolation period for staff and students who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances unless they cannot test for any reason.
Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.
Thank you for your co-operation as we continue to work together.
On Friday, 26 November 2021 we hosted the much anticipated Trashion Show in the GIFHE Art School Theatre. We welcomed sustainability representatives from NE Lincs Council who discussed all things sustainable. The 17 teams then took to the catwalk, competing for the Trashion trophy. Read more
It is with great honour that we announce that the TEC Partnership has received a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The announcement was made today by the Royal Anniversary Trust, at a reception at St James’s Palace in London. Read more
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (GIFHE) is delighted to announce its latest Fabrication and Welding partnership with engineering group, Worley. Working in partnership with Worley, the global providers of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals, and resources sectors will give learners the opportunity to undertake quality work experience and apprenticeship placements. Read more
The region is poised to benefit from a share of a new £65m government flagship investment programme. Twelve education providers across the Humber, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire are set to receive a multimillion-pound boost as part of the successful TEC Partnership-led bid to join the Skills Accelerator Programme.
Congratulations to inspirational teacher Laura Denton, who has won a Pearson National Teaching Silver Award for FE Lecturer of the Year.
Laura, who is a Travel and Tourism Programme Leader, became one of just 102 silver winners across the country in recognition of her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of young people.
Her dedication to her students across all aspects of their development ensures they leave college in the best possible position to enter employment or progress onto the next level, whilst her experience in the tourism and hospitality industry helps provide the best opportunities and contacts for her students.
She created the ’12 Days of Christmas Kindness’ project after lockdown last year to give back to those who need it most, raising money for 12 different community groups, along with gifts, food supplies and personal notes from students.
Laura also checked in with each one of her students daily during lockdown, to help combat isolation and let them know they weren’t alone.
“This is an incredible achievement within my 10 years working here at the Grimsby Institute,” she said. “I feel very overwhelmed to have won this award and to be recognised for how hard I work with the students, particularly during the pandemic.
“I found the first lockdown incredibly hard, so wanted to make sure my students knew that there was someone there. They needed to know they weren’t alone, even if I couldn’t physically be with them. This win isn’t just for me, it’s for my students. They’re a very big part of my family.”
Following a special reception later in the year, Laura has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC.
Emma Forrest-Leigh, Grimsby Institute Vice Principal, said: “Laura is in the business of changing lives. Her work reaches the hearts and minds of her students, setting alight a fire of ambition that burns through their study journey with her and beyond. Laura empowers people. She helps students to find their voice, develop their skills and become the best versions of themselves. Laura is student centred and dedicated to her craft. She blows us away with her work and the impact she makes across our community. We are beyond delighted for Laura’s work to be recognised with this award.”
Level 3 Travel and Tourism students Chelsea Shire and Henri Ferrand, who were involved in Laura’s nomination, also commented: “Laura is superhuman to us; she goes out of her way to make sure we’ve got everything we need and support us. She did a full check in with each of us every day during the lockdown to make sure we were ok, which meant a lot. She always says college is more than these four walls and the world is our oyster and does everything she can to open up new opportunities for her.It feels amazing to know she’s won; I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. She puts her heart and soul into the course.”
The award was handed out by Chris Turner, Curriculum Development Manager, UK BTEC & Apprenticeships FE Sales at Pearson, to coincide with national Thank a Teacher Day.
He said: “This is an absolutely massive achievement. Laura’s one of only 102 Silver Award winners so she should be very proud. This award is to acknowledge and recognise the support that she has given to her students over the last year, particularly during the challenges of lockdown. The fact she goes the extra mile for her students was very apparent in the application and we’re delighted that she’s been recognised in this way.”
The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK.