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Dudley Lecturer named FE Teacher of the Year

Photography by Ashleigh Mills

Dudley College of Technology photography lecturer Phil Brooks, has been named as FE lecturer of the Year; in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

This massive honour is well deserved by Phil, who clinched the award on the basis not only of his excellent classroom teaching but because of the wider contribution he makes to the community by harnessing his own skills and that of his students to work on a broad range of community projects. Projects such as: the production of “Bostin Bites” a fund raising cook book for Dudley’s Mayoral charities, open water swimming across the sixth largest lake in England which raised funds for Mind and is annual support for Remembrance working with the Royal British Legion and Dudley Songsters.

The national judges were most impressed by the passion and enthusiasm Phil brought to his role and the many student testimonials who spoke so highly of him helped him clinch the prestigious title which is alike to winning a Teaching Oscar.

To view the video that was submitted to demonstrate to the judges why Phil deserved to win this award view here.

Unicycle riding Phil, who likes to inject as much fun into his teaching as possible said : “ I’m delighted to win this award, having worked in FE for more than thirty years I can truly say there’s no better job in the world. My role allows me not only to pass on my technical skills but also to develop the ambition, confidence and self-belief of my students shaping the whole person and giving them a philosophy of life that goes beyond the correct f stop.”

Phil’s prize was a marvellous trophy (pictured), which he has given pride of place in his living room and he will attend a formal event at the House of Commons, hosted by Pearson, next year when Covid restrictions are lifted.