Weston College honoured

Matthew Hancock with Dr Paul Phillips (right)

Matthew Hancock MP with Dr Paul Phillips (right)

The political heart of the UK was the setting for a ceremony honouring Weston College’s commitment to Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD).

College staff, including Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips, travelled to Westminster to receive a Beacon Award for staff development.

The award, given by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and sponsored by City and Guilds was for the College’s Foundation Degree in Inclusive Practice, which is aimed at people working in the LDD field.

College deputy Principals Peggy Tovey and Jacqui Ford, along with Chair of Governors Jude Ferguson and Weston MP John Penrose, also attended the ceremony which honoured 13 colleges from across the UK.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough, president of the AoC Charitable Trust, handed out the awards in front of an audience of more than 100 guests.

Matthew Hancock MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business and Education was also there.

Dr Phillips comments: “We had a great day out and we are delighted to be recognised this way at a national level.

“We have long understood the importance of meeting the needs of learners with LDD and this award shows how seriously we take staff development in this field.

“I would like to congratulate all those who have taken, or are taking, the degree and I wish them every success.

“Most importantly I would like to pay tribute to the entrepreneurial talent of Jacqui Ford and Barbara Titmuss at Weston College who brought a concept to reality.

“Both are examples of dedicated professionals who demonstrate a real understanding of an inclusive learning agenda.”