A Nelson and Colne College Vice Principal enjoyed a date at Buckingham Palace after receiving a royal invitation for her work on a pioneering programme.

Alison Rushton, who leads on pre-advanced programmes and apprenticeships at NCC, was recognised at the Queen’s garden party for her contribution to the Teach Too Development Programme.

Teach Too is funded by The Education and Training Foundation and is designed to help employers and providers at practitioner level work in partnership in the co-design, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training. By collaborating to design innovative programmes and curricula, Teach Too aims to improve vocational learning by supporting occupational experts to become involved in teaching their expertise.

Speaking about the garden party experience, Alison said: “It was an absolute honour to be invited to Buckingham Palace this Summer, and meet so many inspirational people, after being nominated by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

“I am extremely proud of the Teach Too programme, which was set up to create a two-way street between education and industry, and ensure that employers are engaged at all levels with teachers and trainers.”

The Royal Garden Party was held at Buckingham Palace to recognise contributions to the world of vocational education. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) nominated individuals for their work in vocational education, whether that be building partnerships with business, helping young people into work or promoting excellence.

Two years ago, another member of the Nelson and Colne College team was invited to attend one of the prestigious events. Public Services tutor Richie Watts, who spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force, was rewarded for seven years of volunteer work as a Community First Responder.

Teach Too has established a website which has nearly 100 registered members, a blog, and s an active existence on Twitter with the hashtag #teachtoo. For more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/research/featured-research/teach-too

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