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Quality Improvement Agency  STAR Awards - 2006

About the Star Awards . . .
The ability to pass on a new skill is a precious gift. The annual QIA Star Awards recognise the unsung heroes working in the 16-plus learning and skills sector - those teachers whose talents help to inspire, encourage and support students in further education.  Bill Rammell is the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education:

"The learning and skills sector plays a crucial role in building economic success and social mobility in this country. The QIA Star Awards recognise the important role of those who work in the sector. They celebrate the success of people who are making a difference, but whose work is often not fully recognised, the unsung heroes of the sector."

The 2006 Star Awards included a new category, the Learner's Choice Star Award sponsored by the Daily Mirror. It is nominated by students to commend an exceptional member of staff, who has inspired and motivated them to succeed. A shortlist of ten was chosen from the 170 nominations to this category.

Des Shepherd (RNIB Redhill College/ was one of the 10 shortlisted finalists in this category. His nomination stated:

"Able to see past his students' disabilities to their potential, Des encourages them to do the same. He builds confidence, helping them achieve successes they didn't think possible."

This achievement was celebrated at a gala dinner and award ceremony in London on the 30th October 2006.

Click here to see the Daily Mirror article.

Star Awards 2006 certificate as presented to Redstone FM's radio tutor Des Shepherd.

Star Awards logo.

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