Computing Course Manager Daniel Hulatt was awarded bronze in the national BTEC Teacher of the Year award hosted online on 7 July 2021.
Against fierce competition from across the country, Bedford College’s Daniel was given special recognition.
Pearson had been overwhelmed by the high quality and extraordinary stories of nominees this year.
Paula Hobday Head of Department for Computing at Bedford College said:
“Daniel started in the department in 2017 as a student teacher. On completion of his PGCE he became a full-time teacher and in July 2020 took the Course Manager role with the responsibility of running BTEC courses from Level 1 to Level 3. He has taught on all levels up to and including Level 6 degree.”
“Daniel is an exceptional teacher because of his personality and motivation to do what is best for our students. Students find him approachable and enjoy his lessons. He is very hardworking and feedback from students is always extremely positive.”
“During lockdown, he sourced software that enabled students to continue with practicals from home. He organises trips, and external speakers to enhance the student experience. Daniel is our EDI Ambassador; a voluntary role, the purpose of which is to promote diversity and inclusion in the department. He has carried out this role so thoroughly and effectively that he now mentors other EDI Ambassadors within the College.
“Daniel works collaboratively with staff inside and out of the department. For example, he worked with our Teacher Education Department to deliver technology workshops, such as smartboard training for teachers.
“He works with our Work Placement co-ordinator to organise our yearly employer event and this year, due to lockdown, came up with the idea of asking employers to carry out mock interviews with students instead of running a physical event to enhance their employability prospects.
“Daniel teaches a range of units on the BTEC courses, but his specialism is Security. This year he completed a Masters in Cyber Security to further his knowledge for the benefit of his students. He ensures his lessons are as interactive and fun as possible, makes excellent use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and uses humour in class to focus and engage students. Students find him very approachable and supportive. Daniel has dyslexia and rather than trying to hide this he acknowledges to students that his spelling is weak and encourages them to help him develop strategies to work with this.”
Daniel’s award is recognition of the quality of teaching offered at The Bedford College Group and highlights the Group’s ambition to be recognised in national awards. Students across the region benefit from the high-quality teaching and improved teaching practice across the Group as skills and experience are shared with other departments.
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