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Teaching student Martha wins award for Outstanding Achievement

28th January 2010 <b>Teaching</b> student Martha wins award for Outstanding Achievement

Martha Fitton, a teaching student at Calderdale College, has been awarded the Keith Webb Award for outstanding achievement by the University of Huddersfield which accredits the course. She was one of two chosen from around 2,000 teaching students in 30 colleges in the region.

Martha Fitton, a teaching student at Calderdale College, has been awarded the Keith Webb Award for outstanding achievement by the University of Huddersfield which accredits the course. She was one of two chosen from around 2,000 teaching students in 30 colleges in the region.

Martha, 34, is in the second year of a two-year part-time PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) which is taught on Wednesday evenings. Her new vocation - teaching art and design at a West Yorkshire Young Offenders Institution - is very different from her former role, travelling all over the world as a fashion buyer. After studying Languages and Business and then Fashion and Clothing, Martha worked for Jeff Banks, Ethel Austin’s children’s wear and for Regatta Clothing.

Martha describes her new job as “interesting – I really enjoy it. The students are aged between 15 and 18-years-old and some of them haven’t been in education since the first year of secondary school. When you see where they started from, you can recognise the journey they’ve gone through to achieve their finished piece of work. This year, some of my students won awards from the Koestler Trust which promotes the arts in prisons, for the first time. I’m very proud of them.”

Martha’s tutor, Deborah Philip, head of the University of Huddersfield teacher training centre at Calderdale College said “Martha embodies the kind of teacher that we want in the lifelong learning sector. She’s been an exemplary student and outstanding as a trainee teacher”.

The PGCE is a part time course for people already teaching. A full time one-year pre-teaching course is also offered. “The course is very popular and has grown considerably over the last five years”, said Deborah. “We currently have 85 trainee teachers studying with us”.

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