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City Lit has been shortlisted for two of the 2020 Tes Fe Awards

Story added 10th Jan 2020


We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been shortlisted fo a Tes Fe Award in two categories - Teacher of the year for Peter Brown, Centre for Deaf Education; and Adult and community learning provider of the year.

Tes Fe Awards are one of our industry’s biggest and most prestigious awards. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on the evening of Friday 20 March 2020. The Tes Fe Awards celebrate and reward the dedication and expertise of the people and teams who continue to make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

Teacher of the year

Deaf historian and City Lit tutor Peter Brown has been shortlisted for the Teacher of the year category. Peter has been teaching British Sign Language (BSL) and ethusing students with his passion for the subject for nearly 20 years.  

Mark Hopkinson, Head of City Lit’s Centre for Deaf Education said: “We are delighted that our colleague Peter Brown has been shortlisted for this award. It's a well-deserved recognition of his excellent teaching practice and contribution to increasing understanding of Deaf cultute and identity.”

Adult and community learning provider of the year

City Lit has been shortlisted for the Adult and community learning provider of the year category. It recognises City Lit’s commitment to adult learning over the last century. City Lit first opened in September 1919. We’ve welcomed tens of thousands of Londoners every year, with probably well over a million people having benefitted from our unique offering.   Today we welcome more than 30,000 people each year. It’s the capital's ultimate destination for inspiring courses for adults; from part-time short courses and one-off sessions to year-long programmes.  We’ve always been here for Londoners.  During the Blitz on London, we never closed our doors, with classes and recitals carrying on. Intrepid tutors even wheeled our piano into Aldwych Tube station for music recitals and performances to keep spirits up!

City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson said:
“It’s a great honour for City Lit to be nominated for two Tes Fe Awards. Since 1919, City Lit has helped hundreds of thousands of adult learners – including many who have faced significant challenges – gain new skills and realise their ambitions. It recognises our hard work and commitment to adult learning over the last century. I’d also like to congratulate Peter Brown whose teaching is outstanding and the impact on his learners is exceptional.”

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”