Inspirational Tutor of the Year Award

Kay Whitehouse

2016 Regional Winner

Kay has been providing support to soldiers with literacy and numeracy needs since 2000, and significantly for the last 9 years to recruits at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick. This challenging group of learners are below Entry Level 3 or without recognised literacy and numeracy qualifications.

Kay’s passion for learning, particularly in literacy and numeracy, has inspired countless recruits to rediscover, or in some cases discover for the first time, a thirst for knowledge through the functional skills provision offered in Catterick. In her role as the Functional Skills Development Manager she plans the delivery, teaching and learning for over 20 three-week courses annually. Approximately 250 soldiers benefit from this provision and achieve Entry Level 3 English and/or maths. She is also responsible for the literacy and numeracy assessment and support for up to 1000 soldiers per year.

Kay is married to a serving Army officer and this insight of the demands of Army life has contributed greatly to her role. This has been particularly evident in how she has developed contextualised learning resources to match the functional skills core curriculum while set against military skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Kay said I am continually inspired and motivated to see that learning and acquiring new skills, knowledge and understanding, builds our soldiers’ confidence and enables them to cope and assimilate their military training while contributing to their own personal growth.”