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VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


Creating the engineers of the future at Energy Coast UTC


This was just one of the accolades Kerryann


Wilson received that helped her win a Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School - Silver Award 2020. These awards are supported by Pearson and the BBC and are sometimes described as the Oscars of the education world, although the speeches at the televised awards ceremony are generally less tearful and more to the point than the Hollywood equivalent. Kerryann is vice principal at Energy Coast UTC


in Cumbria and Director of Learning for both English and maths. She is also a dedicated English teacher with over 80% of her students gaining a grade 4 or above.


A new style of college University Technical Colleges are careers focused colleges where students gain technical qualifications, plus GCSEs or A levels and benefit


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n our ever popular View from the classroom feature this month, respected


education journalist Sal McKeown talks to Kerryann Wilson, vice principal at Energy Coast UTC in Cumbria and Director of Learning for both English and maths, who discusses the role of the UTC in modern day education, and Energy Coast’s experience of lockdown.


'Miss Wilson is like the best teacher in the world combined with the scariest. She makes us love English, but we also know that if we don’t work hard in her lessons, things would not be good – in fact – I don’t want to think about that. We work hard for her and for ourselves because she believes in us – and because she believes in us, we start to believe in ourselves.' Year 12 student


16 www.education-today.co.uk November 2020


from strong engagement with local companies. The working day is typically longer - from 8.30am to 4 pm - with the option to stay until 5 pm for students who need extra sessions, perhaps because they have missed out on learning at school or because they want to pick up extra subjects. Young people come for the engineering and


technology, for hands on experience, a first class technical education and the chance to work with some of the big names in industry - including Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Iggesund, Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Jacobs and Nuvia. Students generally start at Energy Coast at the beginning of KS4, although for the last couple of years a group of year 9 students with 'exceptional potential' has joined the college.


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