Meet Margaret, winner of 2016 WEA ‘Olive Cordell Award for Skills for Life’ 

WEA Tutor Margaret

Margaret has taught Maths and English in partnership with the Newcastle Hospital Trust. Margaret’s contribution soon became greatly valued and recognised by the Trust, with recognition of her courses’ important contribution to staff development, overall confidence and the improvement in patient care.

Margaret’s effective teaching style and readiness in providing one to one support has seen a very high pass rate. This has meant students consistently move on to further education or achieve career progression. This has included health care assistants, porters, theatre staff, domestic assistants and administrators.

As a result of the success of Margaret’s functional skills courses, Newcastle Hospital Trust have been working in partnership with the WEA as a provider of other training and courses including Conflict Resolution, British Sign Language, Minute Taking and Academic Writing Skills.

Embodying the ethos that it is never too late to start a life of learning, Margaret’s first experience of adult education was a numeracy course which she began in her forties. Margaret has now progressed to studying for her PhD and says it is a journey through which she has fostered a growing passion for the power of learning: “Today’s agenda is all about raising people’s aspirations. It’s about raising their skills, getting people into employment or training, closing the gap between those who have and those that haven’t and encouraging people to continue learning throughout life.”