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Hugh Baird College number 1 further education college for A-Level performance

A Government table places Hugh Baird College as the number 1 further education college for A-Level performance in the Liverpool City Region. Hugh Baird College has been ranked in the top 10% of colleges in England for A-Level performance in league tables published by the Government. The result tables, created by the Department for Education, detail the performance of all further education colleges across England during in 2018's academic year, which ended in the summer of 2018. Hugh Baird College's South Sefton Campus in Litherland, which delivers their A-Level provision, received a:- 'progress score' of 0.17 which places them in the Top 10% of Colleges in England. This impressive achievement also positions them as the No. 1 further education college for A-Level performance in the Liverpool City Region. A progress score indicates how much progress students make between the end of key stage 4 and the end of their A-Level studies, compared to similar students across England.

Joe Poole, Director of Curriculum at Hugh Baird College's South Sefton Campus, said:- "I'm incredibly proud of our recent performance table results. They reflect a tremendous amount of hard work by our students as well as the dedication and expertise of our teaching staff. As a whole College, we work tirelessly to support and challenge our students to achieve their potential I'm delighted that this has been recognised in these results."

Yana Williams, Principal and Chief Executive at Hugh Baird College, continued:- "I'd like to congratulate the team at our South Sefton Campus for the dedication and support they have shown to help students to achieve such outstanding results. The results show that, learners who study their A-Levels with us are joining the best performing further education college for A-Levels in the Liverpool City Region."

To find out more about the A-Level courses you can study at Hugh Baird College's South Sefton Campus, visit:- HughBaird.AC.UK/A-Levels.

Sefton Schools championing mental health sought for new award

THE prestigious Educate Awards are returning for 2019 with a new category for mental health and wellbeing. Founded by Kim O'Brien in 2012, the awards are the largest education awards in the North West and are an opportunity for Schools to showcase their credentials across a number of categories. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Award is open to both primary and secondary Schools across the Region and recognises Schools that are effectively tackling mental health issues among pupils and staff. The award will focus on the long term culture of a School and those with an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. According to recent figures, mental health problems affect 1 in 8 children and young people (NHS Digital). This new award hopes to shine a spotlight on the support Schools have in place to promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing. Entries must show provision and interventions available for pupils and staff, a commitment to promoting mental health as part of School life and can include views from parents, pupils and teachers.  This follows a pledge by the government to roll out mental health lessons to all Schools from September 2020 as part of a redesigned national curriculum.

Kim O'Brien, founder of the Awards, says:- "As children and young people continue to face many pressures, raising awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing is so important. Schools play a vital role in this support and we are looking for strong examples of how Schools are creating an environment where children can thrive with good mental health. The mental health of teachers and staff is just as important and entries can reflect various School initiatives which tackle mental health issues among pupils and staff."

Alongside this new category, 20 others are returning for 2019, focused on everything from:- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), arts, careers, sport to individual awards for School support stars and teachers.  Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly and now recognises Schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Kim adds:- "We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2019 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West."

Entries are now open and the deadline is midnight, on Sunday, 23 June 2019. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 15 November 2019, at Liverpool Cathedral.  For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit:- EducateAwards.Co.UK

Award categories:-

►  The Communication Award.

►  Eco School Project of the Year.

►  Spirit of Enterprise Award.

►  SEND Provision Award.

►  Innovative and Creative Literacy Award.

►  STEM Project of the Year.

►  Outstanding Arts in a Primary School.

►  Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School.

►  Career Aspiration Award.

►  Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School.

►  Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School.

►  Community Partnership Award.

 *NEW* Mental Health and Wellbeing Award *NEW*

►  Innovation in Education Award.

►  School Support Star of the Year.

►  Teacher of the Year.

►  Leadership Team of the Year.

►  Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider.

►  Most Inspirational Secondary School.

►  Most Inspirational Primary School.

►  Wow Recognition Award.

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