Head of Performing Arts, Tommy Robinson has won a prestigious national education award at the ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London, on Thursday 5th July 2018.

Tommy won the BTEC Teacher/Tutor of the Year in recognition of their achievement in their subject. The award was presented by Colette Burgess, BTEC Teacher/ Tutor of the Year 2017 from West Suffolk College.

Spanning 24 categories, the eighth annual Pearson BTEC Awards were hosted by financial journalist and TV Presenter Steph McGovern, and showcased the fantastic contributions made by students and young people studying for BTECs.  The ceremony was attended by the winners, their families and teachers as well as leading stakeholders from the education and business worlds.

An expert panel of 52 judges carefully considered each nominee before deciding upon a winner.

Pearson has been the guardian of BTECs for over 30 years and during this time the qualifications have facilitated the training of work-ready candidates with the knowledge and practical skills that employers need.  These hands-on vocational qualifications continue to be respected as a valuable route straight into employment, and into employment via university.

Winner biography: Tommy Robinson
Tommy is the BTEC Performing Arts teacher for John Madejski Academy. Tommy has made a great impact on not just his own students, but all the students in the school. Putting on performances every year, with about a third of these performed out of school and internationally, he encourages his performing arts students to have a business mindset, by selling tickets for their shows, with the revenue then put back into the school. It’s not just the performing arts students who Tommy focuses on. With these shows and performances, he has included the hospitality students to provide catering services at the events and the PE students to perform dances. He even puts forward students to perform at the Reading Fringe Festival, and they’re always a sell out.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to Tommy for winning this award. The judges were hugely impressed by the quality of nominations this year and this is a fantastic achievement. The BTEC Awards are one of my favourite events of the year.  They are a wonderful celebration, not just of the outstanding winners themselves, but of the value of the BTEC qualification to employers and universities around the world.”

Tommy Robinson said: “What I try to do is to give the students what they want while making sure I give them what they need.”