It's been a busy week in FE, as students in colleges across England settled back into face-to-face learning, staff continued to push out thousands of rapid flow tests to keep everyone safe.
It has also been a big week for awards: the Festival of Learning revealed their shortlist, our very own Tes FE awards judge Bob Harrison cast his expert eye over the entries in the outstanding use in technology category, and students from Derwen College were honoured at the Outstanding Citizen Awards.
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By the end of today @BHASVIC will have conducted over 7,000 Covid-19 tests during the last 10 days with 2 positive cases detected. Many thanks to our amazing and cooperative students and our highly dedicated testing team! @AoC_info @SFCA_info pic.twitter.com/SsqBZxn39F— William Baldwin @BHASVICteaching (@bhasvicteaching) March 19, 2021
Photography student Dianne from ACL took the rapid foow test again this week. “It’s actually very reassuring. At 70, I really don’t want to catch Covid but I cannot wait to get back in that dark room and not get locked down ever again. It’s so important that we all get it done." pic.twitter.com/UOUisEMH1R— London SE Colleges (@LSEColleges) March 19, 2021
Half way through the #LetsWalkDevon Challenge & so far the team have walked 849,888 steps which is the total of 378 miles! We are halfway through France on our way to our final destination Monaco. Only 323 miles to go! Here are some photos taken by the team so far. @activedevon📷 pic.twitter.com/vXRUatt92d— Devon County Council Apprenticeships (@DCCApprentices) March 18, 2021
Well done to students Thomas Alexander and William Chapple, who were among the truly inspiring young people honoured at @hsshropshire #OutstandingYoungCitizenAwards yesterday evening. Watch the online Facebook ceremony at https://t.co/MFOIoK556T (Tom and Will are 23:57 in). pic.twitter.com/tdwZX2JPDQ— Derwen College (@DerwenCollege) March 19, 2021
“Don’t go back to college, you don’t need to & you won’t be able to do it, single mum, two kids with SEN, 32yo” - finished the course with complete distinctions & now at uni, I want/will get a first & make a difference. Don’t underestimate me please thank you☺️ https://t.co/hXXJb78jAh— Kirsty H (@Kirsty_H220) March 17, 2021
Wish I had two brains sometimes, so I could just park one half of things and enjoy the other half.— Mark Beetlestone #FE (@MarkBeetlestone) March 17, 2021
The emoji which I relate to the most at the moment is: 🥴
Love land and environment college leadership - first question of the day, "Boss, a lad wants to drive his tractor to college, is that OK...?"— Luke Rake (@lukerake) March 17, 2021
So two emerging themes.....The dominance of Microsoft Teams.....and the fact that it seems student attendance and engagement has improved online.....lets hope we can learn from this in a blended learning future for FE https://t.co/Pk8Xk15XEu— Bob Harrison 💙 (@BobHarrisonEdu) March 18, 2021
⭐️💙OUR SHORTLISTED AWARD NOMINEES💙⭐️— Festival of Learning (@festival_learn) March 17, 2021
Congratulations to all those individuals, providers and employers that have been shortlisted for #FestivalofLearning2021!
Winners will be announced on 6 July. Check out the full list👇