Lecturer goes to top of class for her ‘inspiring’ teaching
10th March 2021
By Warren Wilkins
A Newquay lecturer who launched an environmental and educational programme has been recognised with a national teaching award.
Brender Willmott, who teaches at Cornwall College Newquay, has been named as one of the recipients of The Trust of the Worshipful Company of Educators 2021 “outstanding educator” awards.
She has been the project officer for the Beach Rangers Academy for the last five years.
The academy has focused on tackling issues around plastics, climate change and conservation.
Brender has ensured young people who enrolled on the programme understood their interaction with the environment in which they live.
Brender said: “I’m so proud to have received this award.
“It’s an amazing way to celebrate the end of such a successful and impactful project.
“It’s thanks to my managers who let me run with the idea, the project team and all the trainers who helped develop the concept and delivered it with such skill and passion and all the schools, colleges and universities that trusted us with their students.
“It’s been the most fulfilling role and I hope leaves a lasting legacy with all the young people we have engaged with and inspired to make a difference to the environment and their own lives.”
John Evans, the principal and chief executive of The Cornwall College Group, said he was “incredibly proud” to put Brender forward for the recognition.
Mr Evans said: “Brender has implemented and overseen the most inspiring and rewarding environmental and educational programme, which has had an incredibly positive effect on thousands of young lives in Cornwall and beyond.
“The Beach Rangers Academy programme, part of the Your Shore Beach Rangers project, was created to provide young people with the educational component of the overarching programme, with activity delivered by experts in their field.
“Through this, Brender has inspired a generation of people into environmental endeavours.
“This would be an achievement anywhere, but to do so in the second poorest region of the country and the resulting social challenges, is simply outstanding.
“The four walls of the classroom are rarely seen, as most learning takes place on the coast.
“Covid has brought challenges, but they have been overcome with online delivery.
“Through the reward-scheme structure, Brender has also overseen a programme that delivers a sense of achievement and pride for young people, while delivering tangible benefits in terms of qualifications for future careers.
“It has been particularly rewarding to see learners progress on to careers in the environmental sector and the green economy, or into post graduate education in this field.”