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National presentation celebrates sector’s best

Teams from Activate Learning were presented with two awards at the AoC Beacon Awards National Presentation Ceremony yesterday (9 February).


The group, which runs Banbury and Bicester College, City of Oxford College and Reading College, was announced as the winner of two of the 13 prizes at the AoC National Conference in November. Yesterday, all winning colleges were invited to Westminster to share good practice and receive their certificates from AoC Chief Executive, David Hughes.

Activate Learning was awarded the Edge Foundation sponsored award for practical teaching and learning for its Learning Philosophy. The award recognises the group's understanding of the important relationship between the brain, emotions and motivation, which has resulted in a curriculum characterised by employer partnerships and real experiences of work.


Group member, Reading College, was awarded the Jisc sponsored award for effective use of technology. The award recognises how the use of browser-based technology has extended students' learning, leading to them making accelerated progress in their studies. This approach is now being shared across the group's three colleges.


Speaking at yesterday’s event, David Hughes said: “The Beacon Awards are a rigorous and tough process and I would like to congratulate all the winners here today on getting to this point. It is testament to the quality of their work. The further education sector needs to shout more loudly about the work that it does. Our colleges transform people’s lives by helping young people to make the transition between education and employment and by meeting the needs of business. These awards are one way of injecting some much needed pride into the sector.”