Peter Macmillan of Bradford College Students’ Union has been announced as the 2013 Learner Voice Practitioner of the Year.
“The award categories highlight the changing and evolving priorities facing the FE and skills sector. They illustrate a continued commitment to deliver outstanding teaching and learning in the sector, a commitment that has been central to the role of LSIS within the FE and skills sector."
Ann Ruthven, Head of Learning and Learner Support, LSIS
He picked up his award at the fifth annual Leading the Learner Voice Awards which took place in London on Tuesday 18 June. The awards, which are hosted by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and the National Union of Students (NUS) celebrate the significant contributions learners make to the Further Education (FE) and skills sector, and recognise the staff who support them in doing this. The awards are also an opportunity to ensure that good practice is shared and available for others to learn from.
The awards were open to learners, staff and providers in the FE and skills sector. This includes sixth form and independent specialist colleges for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, work-based learning, adult community learning and offender learning.
The categories highlighted the changing and evolving priorities facing the FE and skills sector and this year there were three new categories: Learning Champion of the Year, Information, Advice and Guidance and Imaginative Approaches to Learner Voice.
As last year the award ceremony was held in central London, and the honours were presented by Rob Wye, Chief Executive, LSIS and Dame Ruth Silver, Chair, LSIS.
The Full List of Winners Is:
- City of Bath College - Imaginative Approaches to Learner Voice
- Rhasan Brunner – Leading Learner of the Year
- Jeni-Marie Pittuck - Learner Representative of the Year
- Monika Paczkowska - Learning Champion of the Year
- Darren Melroy and Samba Matundu – joint winners of Student Governor of the Year
- Pete Macmillan - Learner Voice Practitioner of the Year
- Swindon College - Most Improved Provider of the Year – General FE, Sixth Form, and Independent Specialist Colleges
- Redbridge Institute of Adult Education - Most Improved Provider of the Year – Work-based Learning, Adult and Community Learning and Offender Learning
- Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College – Excellence in Information, Advice and Guidance
- Walsall College - Provider of the Year - General FE and Sixth Form Colleges
- Derwen College - Provider of the Year - Independent Specialist Colleges
- Amanda Burnside - Senior Leader of the Year
Through their closing words Dame Ruth, and Toni Pearce, President of the NUS and a previous winner of an LSIS Learner Voice Award, reminded the learners of the important role they play, and the difference that they can make. Learners were reminded to ’keep talking and listening’ and to ensure that their voice remains heard.
Ann Ruthven, Head of Learning and Learner Support, LSIS said: “The award categories highlight the changing and evolving priorities facing the FE and skills sector. They illustrate a continued commitment to deliver outstanding teaching and learning in the sector, a commitment that has been central to the role of LSIS within the FE and skills sector.”
Since they were first held in 2008, the Leading Learner Voice Awards have provided a strong national focus for the work of thousands of learners and staff across the sector who are actively engaged in leadership for learner representation and participation. The occasion provides an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, individually or collectively, and of practitioners, managers and organisations’ who have shown leadership and commitment to learner voice whether for organisational change and development, or in a wider community, social or political context.