'It's Rewarding to See Students Using Skills' EDUCATION WALES Award-Winning Tutor Praised for Her Approach

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Byline: Catherine Evans

A TUTOR from Caerphilly has been named Wales' tutor of the year at the Inspire Adult Tutor and Mentor Awards.

Judith Archer, who was also the Basic Skills Tutor of the Year, received both awards at a special ceremony at Llanhilleth Miners Institute, Blaenau Gwent.

The awards are organised by NIACE Dysgu Cymru, advocates of adult learning in Wales, to celebrate the commitment, knowledge and communication skills that inspire adult learners every day across Wales.

As part of her work for Caerphilly Borough Council, Judith teaches basic skills to adults. She has been credited with restoring learners' confidence and improving their life chances, both professionally and socially. She has been praised for her understanding and patience, and also for her skills and knowledge in mathematics and English.

Judith's students say she has not only improved their quality of life through her teaching, but has inspired them to continue learning throughout their lives.

"It's very satisfying hearing a non-reader read for the first time," said Judith.

"It is also rewarding to find out how students are using the skills you've taught them to improve their everyday lives."

Another celebrated tutor at the awards ceremony was Anna Tiplady of the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, who was named the joint Welsh Tutor of the Year.

Anna has always adopted a proactive approach to teaching.

She has written new courses, suggested how resources can be better used and is innovative in the way she encourages and brings out the best in her students.

Over the past year, she has led a team which created an online Welsh language course.

The combined e-Wlpan course is an intensive Welsh language class for beginners. It is the first time a course of this kind has been offered to adult learners.

"The exciting part about teaching is bringing a subject to life for your students and seeing them achieve positive results," said Anna.

"I'm really proud that I've been able to help people, not only to learn Welsh, but to do so in an innovative way, using the latest techniques in modern technology."

Dr Kathy Hopewell of Bangor University was named Higher Education Tutor of the Year. …