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7th February 2017

Darren Storrer, from Hull College, has won the Learning and Performance Institute's Learning Professional of the Year award.

The prestigious prize was formally awarded on Thursday evening by renowned TV host Claudia Winkleman at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Mr Storrer had been selected from thousands of nominations across the globe, and joined a shortlist of exceptional teachers.

He said: “It’s taken a couple of days to sink in; it’s amazing to be recognised for the work I’ve done with my students. The judges telling me on the night it was a 100% unanimous decision made me very proud and humble at the same time.”

Mr Storrer, Curriculum Leader of Construction at the College, created and runs a ‘Job Club’ for 14-16 years olds in which they can work on real life projects for local customers. Its aim is to improve learners’ vocational, mathematical, communications and team working skills to make them ready and equipped for life following College. This has resulted in over 50 of his learners gaining apprenticeships in their chosen trades, a fantastic outcome for the learners, the College and the community it serves.

On what his students think, Mr Storrer said; “I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of past students who have congratulated me on social media thanking me for my teaching and how it’s stood them in good stead for employment and the work they are doing. I’ve created my own legacy and it feels great.”

Gary Warke, Chief Executive of Hull College Group, said: “We are extremely proud of Darren and all he has achieved at the College.

“Being awarded Learning Professional of the Year reflects Darren’s personal and professional commitment to his students. He has made his students and the College proud!”

Learning Professional of the Year is just one of many awards won by the Curriculum Leader. Darren's list of awards also includes the Pearsons FE Tutor of the Year 2015, Hull Daily Mail Golden Apple Teacher of the Year 2014 and the Golden Apple Community Award 2015.

Darren added; “A big thank you to Hull College for all their support in letting me run with my ideas at the College.”