Selected from thousands of nominations, the Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry Team at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. The team was honoured with a Silver Award in the FE Team of the Year category for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the students they work with every day.
The team inspires the next generation in the same way that they were inspired by their own learning experience, with eight out of the nine team members having qualified in beauty therapy at NWSLC’s Nuneaton Campus and returned to teach at the college after working successfully in industry. The team teaches a range of beauty and complementary therapies including spa therapy from Level 1 to Level 3, and make-up artistry at Levels 2, 3 and 5 including an HND in Theatrical Make-up.
The team has a strong track record of success in national competitions including at WorldSkills UK LIVE. They work extensively with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and offer their services free of charge in special schools, and to patients in hospitals and hospices in Nuneaton. Other activities in the community include fund-raising for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust and Macmillan.
The Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry Team has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, as part of a programme due to be broadcast on BBC TV that is designed to celebrate the exceptional school and college staff who have overcome a challenging time for educators across the country.
Marion Plant, OBE, FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “It is fantastic news that the Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry Team has been singled out as the winner of one these prestigious national awards. They consistently go the extra mile to support their students and they are absolutely committed to enabling them to achieve the very best. I wish them luck for the competition final later in the year.”
The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school and college staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers.
New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have developed a newfound respect for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. Around 75 per cent of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.
The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their students on track and using their premises for COVID-19 testing when teaching restarted.
Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said, “After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges. We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”