Nelson and Colne College has been named as Provider of the Year in the Skills Awards 2020 for its outstanding GCSE resit provision.

The college, which is first and third nationally in performance tables for the progress students make in Mathematics and English GCSE resits, has been announced as the coveted category winner of the Skills Awards 2020.

Judges found that the college displayed excellence and effectiveness in Mathematics and English learning outcomes, in deciding on the winning nomination.

Nelson and Colne College has consistently been the leading college in the country for GCSE Mathematics progress for three consecutive years, and in that time has always been in the top three places nationally for GCSE English progress too.

In 2018, Nelson and Colne College was named as a Maths Centre for Excellence to support improvement in the college sector. The college has also been approached to support English and Mathematics improvement with Newcastle Colleges Group, and speak on the topic of GCSE provision at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference.

Assistant Principal for Academic Curriculum at Nelson and Colne College, Fionnuala Swann, said: “I’m thrilled that we have won this award for our GCSE provision. While we are well-known for our outstanding A Level, vocational and Apprenticeship provision, we also offer exceptional GCSE resit provision and support for those students who do not quite achieve their target first time around.

“The sustained success in GCSE resits is a result of a whole-college approach to improving Mathematics and English, combined with a range of other factors including exceptional teaching, engaging lessons, rigorous monitoring and assessment of student progress and innovative collaboration work with secondary schools in Pendle.

“By recruiting and developing a passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic English and Mathematics teaching team who are committed to improving teaching and learning, we really are best placed to kick start a student’s progression onto a high quality, career aligned study programme at College, and then onto university, an Apprenticeship or employment.”

Nelson and Colne College is the number one FE college in the country for A Level progress, and is number one in Lancashire for 16-18 Advanced Apprenticeship timely completion. In addition, the College is also number one in the country for student satisfaction, based on the latest FE Choices Learner Survey.

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