Tutor Award Winners

This award recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives. The 2018 Tutor Award is sponsored by ETF.

Tutor - Highly Commended Winner

Gigi Jones

Gigi delivers Functional Skills English classes at Wood Green Library, part of Haringey Council Adult Learning Service.

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Tutor - Highly Commended Winner

Michelle Lindsay-Baharie

A trained actress, Michelle was never supposed to be a teacher. However, after 15 years of acting she started to facilitate and lead community workshops for vulnerable adults and found her true calling.

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Inspiration Tutor of the Year Award - National Winner

Karen Scott

“Do something for yourself, for your self worth and self esteem - you will feel so empowered and it will lead onto other things.”

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Tutor - National Winner

Sonia Ritchie-Park BEM

Sonia teaches at Swan Lodge, a Salvation Army lifehouse in Sunderland. Her engaging and inclusive approach to teaching has empowered learners to maintain their tenancies, gain jobs and progress their learning at college and university.

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Tutor Award - National Winner

Sabeena Shah

Growing up, Sabeena was not encouraged to study, let alone think about teaching. When she graduated with a Law degree in 2011, she decided she wanted to teach students who may have faced similar challenges.

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Inspirational Tutor of the Year Award - National Winner

Darren Davis

"Teaching offenders is a big responsibility. My aim is that one day my learners can stand out amongst others, confident, knowledgeable and with a better understanding of themselves and of others.”

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Tutor Award - National Winner

Fiona Pickett

Fiona was a trained secondary teacher but losing her hearing meant she couldn’t return to a standard classroom.

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Tutor Award - Regional Winner

Christine Malbon

Christine already had a successful career in catering at North Staffordshire Combined Health Care NHS Trust. However, after being given the opportunity to become a support worker she started to realise her true calling was in teaching. 

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Tutor Award - Regional Winner

Jackie Bryant and Manda Lambert

Jackie and Manda teach Level 1 and 2 British Sign Language (BSL) at Cornwall College. Both are profoundly deaf, have full time jobs, and passionately engage their students without communication barriers.

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Tutor Award - Regional Winner

Maria Clifton

Maria started teaching functional skills to apprentices at Greater Manchester Mental Health Hospital. Wanting to demonstrate that learning is for everyone, she now also leads courses for Recovery Academy service users with great success and passion.

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