“Receiving each Award was a source of
tremendous satisfaction and pride for all staff
and students involved and an impetus...
“Warmest thanks to all those colleges that contributed material
towards the production of this brochure. Unfortunately we ...
AoC Beacon Awards –
Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence
Foreward by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP
Secretary of State for Edu...
AoC Charitable Trust
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AoC Beacon Awards - A History
The Beacon Awards programme was established in 1994 under the auspices of
the then Associati...
AoC Beacon Award Winning
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Cardonald          United Biscuits Award for Work Related                    1999/0
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The AoC Beacon Awards 2004-2005 Win
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Winning and Highly Commended Colleges
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Pembrokeshire      British Council Award for International                  2001/2
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Strode              Edexcel Award for English, Social Studies               1998/9
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The Beacon Awards Assessment
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  1. 1. “Receiving each Award was a source of tremendous satisfaction and pride for all staff and students involved and an impetus to continue to strive for excellence.” Coleg Gorseinon “The Award has raised the profile of the College in the FE sector and enabled the further development of project partnerships with professional practitioners, employers and sector colleges. The project work through these working partnerships continues to develop with students being able to widen their experience through community project work, working alongside students from other colleges …” National Star College “The Beacon Award programme provides colleges with a valuable framework for the development and subsequent recognition of new approaches to supporting our learners.” Nelson and Colne College
  2. 2. “Warmest thanks to all those colleges that contributed material towards the production of this brochure. Unfortunately we were unable to use all of the items submitted, but they will be kept on file and may be used in future as examples of the way in which UK colleges are liberating the talents of learners in every region and in every age group.”
  3. 3. AoC Beacon Awards – Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence Foreward by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP Secretary of State for Education and Employment I am delighted to provide a foreward to this document which celebrates the achievements of all those colleges that have won Beacon Awards since 1994. The Beacon Awards have now firmly established themselves as a quality mark for the sector, highlighting the exceptional and remarkable ways in which colleges have developed provision to enhance and enrich the experience of their learners. The statistics speak for themselves; since 1994 there have been nearly 2,850 applications for just over 250 Awards. Across the whole of the UK, 443 colleges Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP have applied, over half of whom have been shortlisted and around 140 have ultimately gone on to win. This in itself not only demonstrates the huge popularity of the Awards, but also reflects how much excellent work goes on in colleges. It almost goes without saying that the winning colleges should be rightly proud of their achievement in reaching the Beacon Award standard. Not only are they being recognised for exemplary and sometimes innovative work, but they are also fuelling curriculum development across the sector as other colleges learn more about the winning projects. I fully endorse the Beacon Awards scheme as one which not only helps to raise the profile of colleges in the further education sector, but also assists the UK as a whole by providing an increasingly skilled workforce thus ensuring that we continue to be one of the world’s leading economic countries. I should like to take this opportunity to thank each of the 60 sponsors who have supported the Beacon Awards over the years. The partnerships you are helping to establish between the business community and the education sector at a local, regional and national level have a hugely beneficial affect on all our post-16 learners. Finally, I should like to thank the Association of Colleges for administering this scheme and for everyone involved in maintaining the high regard in which it is held; including the Chair and members of the Beacon Awards Steering Group, the Assessors, the President and Trustees of the AoC Charitable Trust and the team within the Trust that oversees the day-to-day running of the Awards. AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 1
  4. 4. AoC Charitable Trust Samantha Boggia . . . . . . . . . . . . Work Shadowing Manager, AoC Charitable Trust Dr John Brennan . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chief Executive, AoC, Trustee Peter Brophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance and Administration, AoC, Trustee Sue Dutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deputy Chief Executive, AoC, Trustee Julie Mellor Chair of Equal Opportunities Commission Anna Gillespie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Work Shadowing Co-ordinator, President, AoC Charitable Trust AoC Charitable Trust Julie Mellor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, Equal Opportunities Commission, President Margaret Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair, AoC, Trustee Judith Norrington . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Learning and Quality, AoC, Trustee Debra Stych . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clerk to the Board, AoC Alice Thiagaraj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manager, AoC Charitable Trust, Trustee Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb . . Chair, Beacon Awards Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb Chair Beacon Awards AoC Beacon Awards Steering Group as at November 2004 Mary Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Director – Vocational Assessment, OCR Samantha Boggia . . . . . . . . . . . . Work Shadowing Manager, AoC Charitable Trust Ahmed Choonara . . . . . . . . . . . . Representative, Network for Black Managers Ngaio Crequer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FE Focus, TES Brenig Davies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Principal, Coleg Morgannwg – Dr John Brennan Chief Executive of AoC Wales Representative Trustee Sue Dutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deputy Chief Executive, AoC Olivia Farnesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Communications Manager – Learning, LSC Phil Kilby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head of Public Sector Charities Team, Allied Irish Bank (GB) Wilbert McKee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deputy Director, Upper Bann Institute of F&HE – Northern Ireland Representative Judith Norrington . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Learning and Quality, AoC Sally-Ann Saull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager – Lifelong Learning and HE Division, RM plc Alice Thiagaraj Manager, AoC Charitable Trust Andrew Sich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head of Corporate Affairs, City & Guilds Trustee Debra Stych . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clerk to the Board, AoC Alice Thiagaraj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manager, AoC Charitable Trust Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb . . Chair, Beacon Awards 2 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  5. 5. AoC Beacon Awards - A History The Beacon Awards programme was established in 1994 under the auspices of the then Association for Colleges, at the suggestion of The Partnership Trust. The Partnership Trust had established a similar awards programme for the higher education sector, and following the incorporation of further education colleges, wished to establish an awards programme for the further education sector. A feasibility study was carried out and in 1994 the Beacon Awards were born. The AoC Beacon Awards were set up to recognise and reward outstanding and exemplary teaching and learning practice in further education colleges. The Awards started with just six sponsors in their first year, offering the 13 Awards that were given. A total of 101 applications were received from 61 colleges and the winners were announced at the Annual Conference in Edinburgh. It now regularly attracts over 300 applications a year for around 20-30 Awards. The Awards have been overseen since their inception by a Steering Group and, for the first 10 years of their operation, this was chaired by Geoff Melling. Geoff was a Trustee of the Partnership Trust and later became Director of AoC London Region. Geoff put a tremendous amount of energy and dedication into the development of the Beacon Awards and his contribution helped to firmly establish the Awards as the respected means for recognising the commitment to learners and outstanding achievements of the further education sector. It was a stipulation of the Partnership Trust that the Awards should be open to all further education, sixth form, specialist, agricultural and art, design and performing arts colleges from across the whole of the UK, irrespective of membership of the Association. Applications have been received from Thurso College in the north of Scotland to Penwith College in Penzance and from Pembrokeshire and Fermanagh Colleges to the west in Wales and Northern Ireland to Great Yarmouth in the east. The winning projects over the years have been as diverse as the sector; for example, a project to build a hovercraft, a peer education project to promote health and raise awareness of health issues, a range of courses built on the ideas of the Agenda 21 papers from the Rio Earth Summit, a tutor training project for deaf people and a project to prepare young people for entry into a variety of service industry posts such as retail assistants, resort representatives and cabin crew. The range of organisations that colleges are working with to enhance learners’ experiences is breathtaking – partnerships with local police, agricultural and horticultural bodies, overseas partners, car manufacturers, ship builders, local businesses, the NHS, awarding bodies, schools, universities, other colleges, LEAs, arts centres, shopping centres, broadcasters and national newspapers to name but a few. As the AoC Beacon Awards enter their second decade, the AoC Charitable Trust and the Steering Group will continue to ensure the ongoing development of the awards to reflect the ever changing needs of the sector and of the UK as a whole. AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 3
  6. 6. AoC Beacon Award Winning Colleges 1994/95 – 2003/04 “The annual publication of the profiles of the Aberdeen Aon Award for Lifetime Learning 1996/7 winning projects is particularly helpful. AQA Award for College/School Partnerships 2001/2 These demonstrate both the overall quality of Allied Irish Bank Award for College/Foyer 2003/4 further education provision throughout the Partnerships UK and also let us see the good practice Accrington Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 1997/8 developed by others, giving us a reference & Rossendale Community Care point to pursue developments with Amersham Basic Skills Agency Award for ESOL/EAL 2001/2 colleagues.” & Wycombe Aberdeen College Barking Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Skills 1998/9 Barnet City & Guilds Award for Health and Community Care 1995/6 Barnfield Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 2003/4 Barnsley Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry and Physics 1995/6 EMTA Award for Modern Apprenticeships 1997/8 in Engineering TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 1998/9 CITB-ConstructionSkills Award for Construction 2001/2 Basingstoke TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 2002/3 Bede Partnership Trust Award for Combined, General or 1999/0 Vocational Science Partnership Trust Award for Biology, Botany or Zoology 2001/2 “(winning the ESOL Award) has raised Bedford AQA Award for College/School Partnerships 2002/3 students’ self-esteem and engendered a sense Belfast Institute Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to Enhance 2002/3 of pride in their being part of a successful Teaching and Support Learning team. It has also helped boost enrolments and FENC Award for Blended Learning 2003/4 expand our curriculum offer.” MENCAP and RNIB Award for Students with Learning 2003/4 Amersham and Wycombe College Difficulties and/or Disabilities Bell Becta Award for IT to Support Learning 1995/6 Beverley NEBOSH Award for Teaching Programmes 2001/2 “Tyne Tees Television included an item on the in Occupational Health, Safety and Award … Following the tremendous success Environmental Management of the Biology Department, Bede College has Blackpool & Eversheds Award for New Deal Provision 1999/0 been flooded with requests from colleges all The Fylde Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending 2002/3 over the country … all wanting to know more Participation in Basic Skills about how to liven up their lessons.” LSC Award for Equality and Diversity 2003/4 Bede College Blackpool Sixth Edexcel Foundation Award for English, Social Studies 1999/0 Form and the Humanities Boston AQA Award for College/School Partnerships 2003/4 Bournemouth City & Guilds Award for Hospitality and Catering 1999/0 & Poole LSDA Award for Quality in Staff Development for the 2000/1 Application of ILT Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 2002/3 Bournville BT Award for Distance Learning 1998/9 NCFE Award for Foreign Language Teaching 1999/0 Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable 2001/2 Skills for Industry Bridgend BT Award for Distance Learning 1995/6 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Community Action Award 1998/9 Bridgwater Professor John Tomlinson Award for Inclusive Learning 1998/9 (sponsored by NIACE, LSDA and MENCAP) AQA Award for College/School Partnerships 2000/1 LSC Award for Delivery to Meet Specific 2001/2 Employer Needs “Award money has been used to gain a deeper LSC Award for Innovation in Improving Quality 2002/3 understanding of school issues and identify and Standards new ways of teaching and learning, allowing TES/AoC Award for Staff Development 2002/3 the College to develop more vocational Broxtowe British Council Award for International Student Support 1998/9 programmes and make a huge difference to British Council Award for International Student Support 2003/4 many students.” Bury LSDA Award for Staff Development in ILT 1998/9 Bedford College Edexcel Award for Lifelong Learning 2002/3 4 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  7. 7. Cardonald United Biscuits Award for Work Related 1999/0 ‘Applied’ Education CLA Award for Encouraging Creativity through 2003/4 Copyright (with SFEU) Chesterfield Post Office Award for Special Needs Provision and 1994/5 Basic Literacy Post Office Award for Learning Difficulties 1996/7 Chichester British Council Award for International Student 1999/0 Support British Council (ECS)/Chartered Institute of Marketing 2001/2 Award for International Marketing Christ the King BT Award for Distance Learning in the Provision of A 1999/0 Levels and GNVQs Cirencester United Biscuits Award for Work Related 1998/9 ‘Applied’ Education City College ABC Award for Counselling Education 2000/1 “The impact upon our students of this Manchester BTI Award for International VET Projects 2000/1 continuing project and the recognition of the City of Bath Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 2001/2 project afforded by the achievement of the City of Bristol EMTA Award for Contributions to Modern 1998/9 Beacon Award, has proved to be very Apprenticeships in Engineering significant. The project … plays a major role NCFE Award for Foreign Language Teaching 1998/9 in increasing social awareness and cultural NACETT Award for Delivery to meet Specific 1999/0 diversity.” Employer Needs City of Bath College Clackmannan CITB-ConstructionSkills Award for Construction 2003/4 Coleg Gorseinon Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for the 1999/0 Performing Arts Partnership Trust Award for Science and Mathematics 2003/4 Coleg Llandrillo Edexcel Award for Art and Design 1995/6 LSDA Award for Staff Development in ILT 1997/8 Professor John Tomlinson Award for Inclusive Learning 1998/9 (sponsored by NIACE, LSDA and MENCAP) Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable Skills 2000/1 for Industry TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 2001/2 Eversheds Award for New Deal Provision 2002/3 City & Guilds Award for Teaching IT 2003/4 Coleg Menai BBC Education Award for the use of Television, Video 2000/1 & Audio Media in the Delivery of Distance Learning “The Beacon Awards offer Coleg Llandrillo Coleg Morgannwg Post Office Award for Special Needs 1995/6 the opportunity of taking part in a UK BBC Education Award for Technology to 1997/8 competition. It reflects extremely well on staff Enhance Learning and students to win an Award and is a way of Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Skills 1997/8 highlighting that you are amongst the best in Becta Award for IT to Support Effective Learning 1997/8 the UK. This gives everyone involved a great Edexcel Award for Engineering 2000/1 sense of pride and achievement.” Coleg Llandrillo Coleg Sir Gâr OCR Award for NVQs for Business 1998/9 FENC/LBCNC Award for Land-based Industries 1999/0 Professor John Tomlinson Award for Students with 2000/1 Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (Sponsored by NIACE, LSDA and MENCAP) OCR Award for NVQs for Business 2000/1 LSDA Award for e-Learning 2001/2 Cornwall LSDA Award for College/Employer Partnerships 2002/3 Darlington OCR Award for Delivering Business Excellence through 2002/3 FE Collaboration Deeside TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 1997/8 Becta Award for using ILCT to Support Effective 1999/0 Teaching and Learning LSDA Award for College/Employer Partnerships 2000/1 Derby TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 1999/0 “The Beacon Award was a clear advantage in BT Award for Lifelong Learning 2000/1 the college gaining full status as a Centre of FENC Award for the Effective Integration of Flexible 2001/2 Vocational Excellence in Digital Media Learning and ILT (Production and Design) and in forming other City & Guilds Award for Teaching IT 2002/3 valuable industry partnerships.” Darlington College of Technology AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 5
  8. 8. Dewsbury Partnership Trust Award for Mathematics 1996/7 Partnership Trust Award for Combined or 1997/8 General Science Dudley CITB-ConstructionSkills Award for Construction 1999/0 British Council Award for International Student Support 2000/1 British Council/Chartered Institute of Marketing 2000/1 Award for International Marketing Partnership Trust Award for Numeracy 2002/3 and Mathematics Dundee BT Award for Distance Learning 1995/6 Gardner Merchant Award for Environmental Health 1995/6 in Catering Dunstable Churches’ Award for Sustainable 1999/0 “We are quadruple Beacon Award winners at Community Development Dudley College … The winning of the East Surrey United Biscuits Award for Work Related 1997/8 prestigious awards led to a high profile ‘Applied’ Education dissemination conference held at and hosted Fermanagh FENC Award for the Effective Integration of ILT-based 2002/3 by the college to other providers in the Further Learning Resources into Lesson Plans and Higher Education sector” Filton NACETT Award for Delivery to meet Specific 1999/0 Dudley College Employer Needs Gateshead Post Office Award for Special Needs 1995/6 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Community Action Award 1997/8 Greenhead Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry and Physics 1996/7 Partnership Trust Award for Biology, Botany or Zoology 1996/7 AQA Award for Business Studies 1999/0 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for Colleges Encouraging 2000/1 “The recognition that Beacon Award status Good Citizenship brought has been key in allowing the College Greenwich LSDA Award for College/Employer Partnerships 2002/3 to promote good practice with respect to work Community with the long-term unemployed.” Grimsby BT Award for Distance Learning 1995/6 Hartlepool College of Further Education BBC Award for Learning with the Media 2001/2 Edexcel Award for Lifelong Learning 2003/4 Gwent Tertiary Post Office Award for Special Needs Provision and 1994/5 Basic Literacy Halton Becta Award for Using IT to support Effective Learning 1994/5 BBC Education Award for Multimedia to 1996/7 Enhance Learning “All the staff of the College and the London BT Award for Distance Learning 1996/7 Leisure College are proud to have the City & Guilds Award for Land-based Industries 1997/8 opportunity to showcase the quality and breadth of our work and for it to be recognised Kidsons Impey Award for Finance and 1997/8 via these prestigious awards given annually Business Teaching by the AoC. It represents a quality standard Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry and Physics 1997/8 marker to both our colleagues in education OCR Award for NVQs for Business 1999/0 and to those in the wider world showing that Harrow City & Guilds Award for Health and Community Care 1996/7 our partnership working results in an offer of Hartlepool Eversheds Award for New Deal Provision 2001/2 the best industry linked training available.” Hereward Post Office Award for Learning Difficulties 1996/7 Greenwich Community College Highbury, NEBOSH Award for Teaching Programmes 2003/4 Portsmouth in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management Hugh Baird Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 1999/0 Community Care Hull BT Award for Distance Learning 1994/5 CITB-ConstructionSkills Award for Construction 2002/3 “Celebrating our success with our learners, LSC Award for College Engagement with Employers 2003/4 staff, employers and the local community has Jewel & Esk Valley Post Office Award for Special Needs Provision and 1994/5 helped us reinforce the value of learning, Basic Literacy achievement and excellence in all of our John Leggott British Council Award for International Student Support 2002/3 partners. It has instilled a sense of pride in John Ruskin City & Guilds Award for Health and Community Care 1996/7 the College and spurred us on to greater Joseph Chamberlain Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 2001/2 efforts and challenges.” Community Care Hull College King Edward VI IFA Award for Finance and Business Studies 2002/3 Stourbridge King George V Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry or Physics 1998/9 Kingston Edexcel Award for English, Social Studies, Foreign 2000/1 Languages and the Humanities Partnership Trust Award for Mathematics 2001/2 6 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  9. 9. Lambeth Becta Award for using ILCT to Support Effective 2001/2 Teaching and Learning Leicester Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending Participation 2001/2 in Basic Skills Lewisham Partnership Trust Award for Initiatives in Education for 1994/5 the Health Service and Care Occupations Whitbread Award for Hospitality and Catering 1996/7 Eversheds Award for New Deal Provision 2000/1 TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 2003/4 Lincoln City & Guilds Award for Teaching IT 2001/2 Liverpool Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Literacy 1996/7 Community Loreto Churches’ Award for Sustainable Community 2001/2 Development LSC Award for Improving Quality and Standards 2002/3 Matthew Boulton Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 2002/3 Community Care Mid Kent Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable Skills 1999/0 for Industry “The learners have benefited from the honour National Star Centre Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 2002/3 of achieving the Beacon Award through the Nelson & Colne BT Award for Distance Learning 1994/5 enhanced profile of this area of learning and FENC Award for the Effective Integration of Resource 1999/0 the continued commitment and support of the Based Learning and ILT College and partner organisations … the CoLRiC Award for the Effective Integration of 2003/4 (award) has given the instructors team Libraries/LRC in Curriculum Delivery recognition and credibility for the professional New College Post Office Award for Inclusive Learning 1997/8 support provided for the community…” Nottingham Aon Award for Adult Lifetime Learning 1998/9 Lincoln College New College Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable Skills 1997/8 Swindon Partnership Trust Award for Mathematics 2000/1 Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry or Physics 2001/2 Newark & FENC Award for the Effective Integration of Resource 2000/1 Sherwood Based Learning and ILT “These awards have helped build a reputation CoLRiC Award for Effective Integration of 2001/2 for the college by giving recognition to some Libraries/LRCs in Curriculum Delivery outstanding work undertaken by staff with Newcastle under Partnership Trust Award for Biology, Botany 1995/6 students and others in the local community… Lyme or Zoology our five Beacon Awards have provided Newham Sixth Form Edexcel Award for Art and Design 1997/8 recognition for innovation and good practice, LSDA Award for Employer Partnerships 1998/9 helping the college achieve and often excel in Partnership Trust Award for Combined, General or 1998/9 all aspects of its mission.” Vocational Science Newham Sixth Form College Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 2000/1 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for the 2000/1 Performing Arts North East Institute BBC Award for the use of Television, Video & Audio 1999/0 Media in the Delivery of Distance Learning Becta Award for using ILCT to Support Effective 2000/1 “In 1996 the mechanical section of the North Teaching and Learning East Institute of F&HE was at the point of North West TES/AoC Award for Staff Development 2001/2 shutdown. Many factors, including a new Consortium programme manager, dedicated and highly North West Institute Peugeot Award for Initiatives in Engineering Education 1994/5 motivated staff, a desire to introduce new and Northumberland Aon Award for Adult Lifetime Learning 1999/0 up-to-date curriculum and working practices Oaklands City & Guilds Award for Vocational 1994/5 and a focus to deal directly with the Engineering Education manufacturing industries brought about a change that has seen the section go from Professor John Tomlinson Award for Inclusive 1999/0 strength to strength. Part of this has included Learning for Adults with Profound or Multiple the winning two Beacon Awards that have Learning Difficulties (Sponsored by NIACE, LSDA served to promote the section and encourage and MENCAP) the staff and students to greater things.” Oldham, The Commission for Black Staff in FE and Network for 2003/4 North East Institute of F+HE Black Managers Award for Promoting Race Equality Otley Trident Feeds Award for Animal Husbandry 1995/6 Park Lane BT Award for Distance Learning 1997/8 City & Guilds Award for Hospitality and Catering 1998/9 AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 7
  10. 10. The AoC Beacon Awards 2004-2005 Win Announced at the AoC Annual Conference The CITB-ConstructionSkills Award The ELWa Award for College Engagement The AQA Award for College/School for Construction with Employers Partnerships Award Winner Award Winner College of North West London Pembrokeshire College Award Winner Stanmore College FE Corporation Highly Commended Bury College The FENC Award for Blended Learning Award Winner The Sheffield College The Allied Irish Bank Award for The Churches’ Award for Sustainable College/Foyer Partnerships Community Development Award Winner Joint Award Winners The Jardine Lloyd Thompson Healthcare Newham College of Further Education North Devon College Award for Health and Community Care Northern College for Adult Residential Award Winner Education Bridgwater College Highly Commended Aberdeen College Merton College The Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to Enhance Teaching and Support Learning Award Winner The City & Guilds Award for the Teaching of IT West Nottinghamshire College Award Winner Highly Commended Grimsby Institute of F&HE Oldham Sixth Form College The Learning + Skills Council Award for College Engagement with Employers Joint Award Winners Cornwall College The Commission for Black Staff in FE and Newham College of FE Network for Black Managers Award for Highly Commended Promoting Race Equality Manchester College of Arts and Award Winner The Basic Skills Agency Award for ESOL Technology Hackney Community College Award Winner The Learning + Skills Council Award for Highly Commended Newcastle College Equality and Diversity South Birmingham College Highly Commended Award Winner Exeter College College of North West London South Thames College The Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending Participation in Basic Skills The Department for Employment and The MENCAP and RNIB Award for Students Award Winner Learning Award for College Engagement with with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities Grantham College Employers Joint Award Winners Highly Commended Award Winner Alton College Boston College Newry and Kilkeel Institute of F&HE College of North West London Highly Commended East Down Institute of F&HE The British Council Award for International The NEBOSH Award for Teaching Student Support The Edexcel Award for Lifelong Learning Programmes in Occupational Health, Safety Award Winner Award Winner and Environmental Management Bournemouth and Poole College Havering College of F&HE Award Winner Highly Commended Highly Commended Cornwall College Aberdeen College Coleg Sir Gâr Highly Commended Tameside College Warwickshire College 8 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  11. 11. Winning and Highly Commended Colleges e at a reception sponsored by The Guardian The following colleges are congratulated The following bodies have given for reaching the shortlisting stage for the invaluable support to the Programme in following Awards, the assessors have 2004-2005 which is greatly appreciated: commented on the high standard of all the shortlisted colleges and have greatly The OCR Award for Basic Skills in the enjoyed visiting them. Workplace Aberdeen College Award Winner TES/AoC Award for Staff Development Cornwall College Armagh College Highly Commended FENC Award for Blended Learning Totton College Basingstoke College of Technology OCR Award for Partnerships in Basic Skills Bury College City & Guilds Award for the Teaching The Protocol Professional Award for of IT Art and Design Coleg Menai Award Winner ELWa Award for College Engagement Yale College with Employers Highly Commended Coleg Sir Gâr Aberdeen College CITB-ConstructionSkills Award Cleveland College of Art and Design for Construction Coleg Morgannwg Cornwall College AQA Award for College/School Partnerships Deeside College ELWa Award for College Engagement The RM Award for Leadership in Learning with Employers Award Winner FE Reprographic Managers’ Forum National Star College (represented by Barnet College) Highly Commended CLA Award for Encouraging Creativity Brockenhurst College through Copyright Highlands College Grimsby Institute of F&HE Commission for Black Staff in FE/Network for Black Managers Award for Promoting Race Equality Myerscough College Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to The TES/AoC Award for Staff Development Enhance Teaching and Support Learning Award Winner Coleg Menai New College Durham Highly Commended TES/AoC Award for Staff Development Bournville College of FE North West Institute of F&HE AQA Award for College/School The TES/AoC Award for Widening Partnerships Participation Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College Award Winner RM Award for Leadership in Learning Chichester College South Cheshire College Highly Commended Churches’ Award for Sustainable City of Bristol College Community Development Huntingdonshire Regional College Tresham Institute Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to Enhance Teaching and Support Learning Weston College Ufi/learndirect Award for Delivering The Ufi/learndirect Award for Delivering Learning through learndirect Centres in Learning through learndirect Centres in Colleges Colleges Weymouth College Award Winner British Council Award for International Lincoln College Student Support AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 9
  12. 12. Pembrokeshire British Council Award for International 2001/2 Student Support Partnership Trust Award for Life Science 2002/3 TES/AoC Award for Staff Development 2003/4 Pendleton Basic Skills Agency Award for ESOL 2003/4 Plymouth BT Award for Distance Learning 1995/6 Edexcel Award for Engineering 1996/7 United Biscuits Award for Applied Education 1996/7 LSDA Award for Employer Partnerships 1997/8 Partnership Trust Award for Biology, Botany 1998/9 or Zoology Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry or Physics 1999/0 Allied Irish Bank Award for College/ 2002/3 “The annual Beacon brochure is carefully Foyer Partnerships scrutinised by the managers and various LSC Award for High Performance in Equality 2002/3 projects are highlighted for future Beacon and Diversity consideration, sometimes two or three years in Preston Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 2000/1 advance… Success in the Beacon process Community Care definitely contributes to the impetus for higher CITB-ConstructionSkills Award for Construction 2000/1 quality, to staff satisfaction and to the Queen Elizabeth Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable Skills 1998/9 ultimate benefits of students.” Sixth Form Pembrokeshire College Reading BT Award for Distance Learning 1994/5 Richard Huish Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for the 2001/2 Performing Arts Richmond upon Aon Award for Adult Lifetime Learning 1997/8 Thames Royal Forest of Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending Participation 1999/0 Dean in Basic Skills Runshaw AQA Award for Finance and Business 1998/9 Partnership Trust Award for Biology, Botany 1999/0 or Zoology IFA Award for Finance and Business Studies 2001/2 Salisbury ABC Award for Counselling Education 2001/2 Sandwell IFA Award for Finance and Business Studies 2000/1 Sheffield, The LSDA Award for e-Learning 2002/3 “The Award has acted as a spring board developing relationships with Arts providers Sixth Form Partnership Trust Award for Mathematics 1998/9 and has enabled the College to develop a Farnborough Partnership Trust Award for Chemistry or Physics 2000/1 business plan launching a recording label Partnership Trust Award for Physical Sciences 2002/3 promoting College and local bands. The Skelmersdale NACETT Award for Delivery to Meet Specific 2000/1 quality of our work is now recognised at Employer Needs National level and has helped put Richard Solihull OCR Award for Business Studies 1996/7 Huish College forward as a centre of OCR Award for Basic Skills in the Workplace 2003/4 excellence for the performing arts.” Somerset LSC Award for Delivery to meet Specific 2001/2 Richard Huish College Employer Needs Soundwell NACETT Award for Delivery to meet Specific 1999/0 Employer Needs South Birmingham Basic Skills Agency Award for English as an Additional 1999/0 Language CLA Award for Encouraging Creativity 2002/3 through Copyright South East Essex Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Skills 1997/8 South Trafford City & Guilds Award for Hospitality and Catering 2000/1 Southend Adult Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending Participation 2003/4 Community in Basic Skills Southgate Edexcel Award for Lifelong Learning 2001/2 “Following on from its Beacon Award, the Southwark Protocol Professional Award for Art and Design 1998/9 College was also awarded a CoVE for Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust Award for Combined or 1996/7 hospitality and catering in 2003 and recently General Science launched a new £3.5m Hospitality and FENC and LBCNC Award for Land-based Industries 1998/9 Tourism building together with a and Associated Programmes contemporary public restaurant, Aspire Basic Skills Agency Award for Extending Participation 2000/1 Restaurant Bar. The restaurant has recently in Basic Skills achieved Northern College Restaurant of the Churches’ Award for Sustainable 2000/1 Year status by industry publication, Community Development Restaurant Magazine.” Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 2003/4 South Trafford College Community Care 10 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  13. 13. Strode Edexcel Award for English, Social Studies 1998/9 and the Humanities Churches’ Award for Sustainable 2002/3 “Sharing good practice with other colleges has Community Development been hugely rewarding and we have Marks & Spencer Award for Transferable Skills 2002/3 established on-going partnerships. for Industry Dissemination activities and collaboration Swansea LSDA Award for Staff Development in ILT 1999/0 work have been encouraged both within other Tameside OCR Award for Business Studies 1995/6 areas of the College and with colleges locally, OCR Award for Business Management 1997/8 regionally and nationally.” Telford College of Arts and Technology Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to Enhance 2002/3 Teaching and Support Learning Telford City & Guilds Award for Vocational 1994/5 Engineering Education “The Welcome to Leeds project … was a EMTA Award for Engineering 1995/6 response to the locally identified need to City & Guilds Award for Health and Community Care 1995/6 provide a more holistic and supportive Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Literacy 1996/7 approach to working with asylum seekers and Becta Award for ILCT to Support Effective Learning 1998/9 refugees within the third most deprived ward Basic Skills Agency Award for Basic Skills 1998/9 in Leeds, ranking in the bottom 5% Jardine Lloyd Thompson Award for Health and 1998/9 nationally… The project provided an Community Care infrastructure of language learning tailored to FENC Award for Effective Modularisation & use of 1998/9 the immediate needs of those arriving in Leeds Technology-based Learning Resources and a social support structure including … LSDA Award for College/Employer Partnerships 1999/0 volunteer support for befriending … the Beacon Awards has had a positive impact on LSDA Award for College/Employer Partnerships 2001/2 the college ability to attract additional OCR Award for Helping Business Deliver the 2001/2 contributors funds from single pot and Leeds New Economy Learning Partnership.” Thomas Danby Basic Skills Agency Award for ESOL/EAL 2002/3 Thomas Danby College Thurso BT Award for Distance Learning 1994/5 Totton Churches’ Award for Sustainable Community 2003/4 Development Waltham Forest Gardner Merchant Award for Environmental 1995/6 Health in Catering BBC Education Award for Multimedia to 1995/6 Enhance Learning Warrington EMTA Award for Engineering 1995/6 Collegiate Warwickshire Becta Award for the Effective use of ILT to Enhance 2003/4 Teaching and Support Learning Westminster City & Guilds Award for Hospitality and Catering 1997/8 Kingsway TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 2000/1 Wigan and Leigh MENCAP, RNIB, RNID Award for Students with 2002/3 Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities Ufi/learndirect Award for Delivering Learning through 2003/4 learndirect Centres in Colleges “When we were announced as winners the Wilberforce Partnership Trust Award for Mathematics 1999/0 surprise and delight were immense. But these Wiltshire LSC Award for Delivery to meet Specific 2001/2 feelings don’t last long; what does is the Employer Needs extraordinary pride and confidence which is Wirral Metropolitan Becta Award for IT to Support Learning 1996/7 now evident in the team involved. However Wolverhampton Post Office Award for Special Needs Provision and 1994/5 much they knew they were doing good, Basic Literacy innovative work, the affirmation of this by an Yale Protocol Professional Award for Hospitality 1999/0 independent party at national level really has and Catering had a lasting impact on the large numbers of York TES/AoC Award for Widening Participation 2000/1 staff involved.” Totton College “The award … signifies the college’s commitment for delivering learning through learndirect centres both within the College and its partnership venues. The award also signifies recognition of the work carried out with students, which demonstrates the most innovative provision of learning facilities.” Wigan and Leigh AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 11
  14. 14. NILTA was established in 1989 and is an independent membership body that supports the application of new technologies in lifelong learning. Its objectives are to lead the agenda for e-learning; raise awareness and enhance the reputation of the sector; support members to drive up quality in teaching and learning, engage all learners and raise achievement; and use consultation and communication to inform, influence and invest. AoC and NILTA announced their merger in August 2003 as part of a joint strategy to promote e-learning in colleges throughout the UK. As such they have combined their resources to offer corporate members of both organisations high quality services which will assist their staff in delivering, supporting and managing e-learning. Benefits include enhanced regional services and special interest groups, and greater promotion of technological and e-learning issues within and on behalf of colleges. The prime benefit of the merger is the ability of the Associations to reach staff at all levels within colleges and other learning providers. The new company, AoC NILTA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of Colleges. Unique amongst its partners working in the e-learning arena, AoC NILTA’s independence as a Membership body brings key benefits to the sector through its ability to respond to issues at local, regional and national level, and its ability to influence e-learning agendas through its dialogue with the DfES and LSC. AoC NILTA believes that supporting and encouraging learning is paramount and that e-learning is an essential part of the future of teaching and learning. As part of a blended learning process, the use of e-learning is one of a range of solutions that, fitting seamlessly into the whole learning experience, is key to widening participation and raising standards. We are therefore delighted to support the production of this document, celebrating the achievements of all colleges that have won a Beacon Award in the past 10 years. The ethos of the Beacon Awards is directly in accord with NILTA’s objectives, in particular: to raise awareness and enhance the reputation of the sector; and to drive up quality in teaching and learning. 12 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  15. 15. AoC Beacon Award Sponsors since 1994 BAE SYSTEMS (formerly Gardner Merchant) AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 13
  16. 16. AoC Beacon Award Sponsors since 1994 (cont) 14 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  17. 17. The Beacon Awards Assessment Team since 1994 Eddie Brittain Lead Assessor Rob Adamson Ian Jardine Kevin Anderson Tom Jardine Mary Arnold Kathleen Kimber John Bennett Professor Gordon Lawrence Paula Burton Sue Lovell Stuart Burton Petra Major Howard Clarke Arnot Millar Phil Clarke John Millington Michael Colenso (deceased) Gerard O’Donnell Barry Cross Tony Roberts Lewis Darbyshire Paula Sayer Cynthia Deeson Brian Smith Eric Deeson Kevin Smith Colin Falconer Jennie Sparks Maureen Fraser Professor John Thomas Liz Fryer Anthea Turner Brian Furniss Patricia Twyman Gillian Hayes Peter Webb Steve Hillman Sandy Williams Joe Howgego Judith Worsnop AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04 ■ 155
  18. 18. More quotes from AoC Beacon Award Winners “The Beacon Award put the College in a “The Beacon Award has given Deeside College prime position to engage with … employers the opportunity to position itself as a and show them the advantages of education progressive, innovative and high quality and training to their business success.” provider of education and training and the Barnsley College – EMTA Award for Modern college went on to be awarded The Queen’s Apprenticeships in Engineering Anniversary Prize in 2002 for its work with industry.” Deeside College “Blackpool and The Fylde College views the AoC Beacon Awards as an opportunity to capture innovations, raise awareness of good practice and to promote their replication.” “The award has been a tremendous advantage Blackpool and The Fylde College in our international marketing… When we tell parents of present and prospective “Coleg Morgannwg has enjoyed the success of students, they are clearly encouraged to send five awards in as many years. Collectively, their sons and daughters to us because the the acknowledged quality of provision has award specifically acknowledges the support resulted in staff being involved in several and care that we give.” curriculum initiatives in Wales.” John Leggott College Coleg Morgannwg “Beacon Awards are given only after a gruelling selection process, which has a real value – whether you win an award or not. Questions we were asked helped us identify the difference between the excellent work delivered every day in all areas of the college and the truly outstanding contribution South Trafford College recognised by Beacon Awards.” City College Manchester “Putting the submission together provides the opportunity to analyse all aspects of the programme and to particularly consider aspects of good practice which may be Richard Huish College transposed elsewhere. The word limit focuses the mind to ensure that all the pertinent aspects of the programme are highlighted.” Bournville College of Further Education “… the College now has its own internal Beacon Awards. Each year one particularly effective, interesting or innovative project is chosen from each School. The projects are “Since winning the Edexcel Beacon Award for included in the College’s annual report as a Lifelong Learning and work in community way of celebrating responsiveness and adult learning, Bury College has continued to innovation.” expand and enhance community based Lambeth College learning, providing effective and imaginative approaches to motivate adult learners and “… the amount of effort taken to enter the widen participation in the local community.” Beacon Award competition is rewarded 100 Bury College fold with the winning.” Broxtowe College, Nottingham “Winning the Beacon Award… cemented our excellent working relationship with the “ …the winning of the 2003 CITB- employer, the Royal Armoured Corps, into a ConstructionSkills Award has galvanised true long-term partnership. The shared action to share good practice across the experience and recognition gained from the College … all too often, examples of good achievement has established the college practice fail to be shared within Colleges. As partnership as a quality provider to the a result, the College is introducing a system to Army. It has also validated the two Colleges encourage sharing of good practice by working together to share resources in presenting examples to its Academic Portfolio equal collaboration.” Committee and thereafter to all staff through Wiltshire College and Somerset College of Arts the College Newsletter.” and Technology Clackmannan College South Trafford College 16 ■ AoC Beacon Awards 1994/95 – 2003/04
  19. 19. Association of Colleges 5th Floor Centre Point 103 New Oxford Street London WC1A 1RG Telephone: 020 7827 4600 Facsimile: 020 7827 4650 email: enquiries@aoc.co.uk Website: www.aoc.co.uk

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