Aspiration Awards

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Meet the winners of our 2020 Aspiration Awards

Aisha Aslam

The ‘Learner of the Year’ category in our Aspiration Awards honours learners who are developing themselves through vocational qualifications from NCFE or CACHE, making positive improvements to their lives. This year’s winner, Aisha Aslam, is a dedicated mother of five young children who has rediscovered her love of learning as an adult and between her other responsibilities, has found the time to complete a CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges, and a Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning to support her in her pursuit of a new career as a Teaching Assistant.

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Elica Hale

The ‘Learner of the Year’ category in our Aspiration Awards honours learners who are developing themselves through vocational qualifications from NCFE or CACHE, making positive improvements to their lives. This year’s ‘Highly Commended’ award was presented to 18-year old Elica Hale, a CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care student at Halesowen College in the West Midlands.

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Holly Bailey 

Designed to recognise learners who have overcome difficult personal circumstances in order to succeed in their studies, the ‘Against all Odds’ Aspiration Award is very special and always attracts a huge volume of nominations.

This year’s well-deserved winner, Holly Bailey, is a fantastic example of an inspirational young learner who hasn’t let her sometimes complicated home life stop her from achieving her goals.

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Dawn Waite

Our 'Teacher/Tutor of the Year' Aspiration Award recognises educators who have gone over and above to support their learners. This could be anything from supporting a learner facing difficult circumstances, to helping learners to overcome obstacles and surpass expectations, or delivering innovative and high quality teaching that helps learners to achieve their career goals.

This year’s winner, Dawn Waite from Halesowen College, has done all of these things, and more, wowing our judges to scoop the Teacher of the Year title.

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Stone Soup Academy

Designed to recognise a centre that has gone over and above to help its learners, the Centre of the Year category in our Aspiration Awards was historically only open to schools and colleges. This year however, we opened the competition up to training providers as well in order to capture the diverse range of phenomenal centres operating across the UK.

This year’s winner is the Stone Soup Academy in Nottingham, an Alternative Provision Free School Academy for learners aged 11-18, which wowed the judges with its innovative approach to learner engagement to help young people who have lost their way to turn their lives around.

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