In recognition for the excellent delivery of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, UCL Institute of Education and Equity Inspiring Learning were awarded Education Partnership of the Year at the Education Investor Awards on 11th November 2015.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Education Investor, a magazine which provides essential reading for the education industry, with up to date with news and analysis of each month’s major policy and business developments, with the awards presented by BBC News anchor Gavin Esler.
We were up against other world-class organisations in the short list of finalists for this award including Kaplan & Nottingham Trent University, Teach First & Deloitte as well as The Open University & Innovate Finance.
Our nomination was judged by a panel of 26 leading industry experts, who had this to say about the national centenary education programme:
“Wonderful concept of keeping such an important piece of history alive and bringing together children from schools across the country. Long may the programme continue.”
“This partnership was created to respond to the government’s wish to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. It has done so with an emphasis on genuine learning which will leave a substantial legacy of a large number of young people, who will retain a sense of the importance of the conflict, which entirely meets the objectives of the original concept.”
The award was collected by Caron Porritt, Recruitment and Publicity Manager for the programme. Professor Stuart Foster Executive Director, First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, IOE, said:
'I am delighted that UCL Institute of Education and Equity Inspiring Learning have been recognised by the Education Investor magazine awards for the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tour Programme and won the prize for Education Partnership of the Year. The team has worked hard to develop an innovative and engaging First World War education programme in conjunction with Equity, and this award reflects the success we have had in ensuring that the significance, impact and legacy of the First World War is more profoundly understood in schools and communities across the country.'
John Bentley, CEO of Equity Inspiring Learning, said:
'We are thrilled to win the prestigious Education Partnership category. We know from feedback that the tours have provided an inspiring experience for both the teachers and students who have participated. Receiving this award recognises the dedication and commitment by the team at Equity and the UCL Institute of Education in providing this unique educational experience.'
This award adds to those gained by the programme in 2014 from BYTA for Best Education Product and from the IGBG for outstanding contrubutions to battlefield guiding and military history.