Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

EBEA Member Award

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

EBEA Member Award

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One of the consistent complaints of teachers throughout the country is the lack of recognition of their hard work, commitment and dedication. So, when a colleague does get some recognition and that colleague is a long-term member of the EBEA, we thought it appropriate to share with readers some details. What follows is a summary of Stuart Langworthy's citation and acceptance speech when presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Stuart has been a regular contributor to TBE over the years and so we are delighted that he has agreed to share his good news with members.

Paul Elliot, who nominated Stuart for the award, wrote:

Stuart Langworthy has been a teacher of Business Studies at Millbrook Academy, formerly Brockworth Enterprise School, for 30 years and is now its Director of Business and Enterprise. Through this role Stuart has inspired many young people to develop and apply enterprise skills, with many having gone on to establish their own successful businesses. He was responsible for developing the whole school enterprise curriculum and 'go for if culture, leading the drive to weave enterprise into every aspect of the curriculum contributing significantly to student engagement, application and eventual success. As a result, the school has achieved a steadily improving overall GCSE pass rate from 20% to well over 80% over a six year period. In addition, he regularly contributes to Regional and National Conferences and training sessions in the UK and internationally in Switzerland and Hong Kong for fellow professionals.

Stuart has run a PGCE in Business Education for 10 years with the University of Gloucestershire. As well as training others to become teachers and encouraging them to inspire more young people in their own schools, Stuart has also been a strong advocate of the EBEA. One of Stuart's former students, Ali Pinnock, was runner up to teacher of the year for the EBEA and supported his nomination for the Queen's Award. Stuart is very proud to be able to be in a position to now recruit and train others for a profession and subject which has given him so much pleasure over the past 30 years. Two of his ex-students have successfully trained to become teachers through Stuart's PGCE and a third is to join it next year. Many ex-trainees are now involved in the PGCE, as mentors or providing sessions to Stuart's groups.

Through Stuart's PGCE role and as Director of Business and Enterprise at his school, he has been able to build up a community of teachers who now meet regularly and share resources and expertise. Stuart has just secured a further two-day a week secondment from September 2012 and will become Course Leader for a GTP teacher training course in Gloucestershire, which is giving him a new direction and focus after 30 years at the same school.

Stuart is a director of the Gloucestershire Education Business Partnership (EBP) - an organisation which tries to bring schools and business together. Previously Stuart has won an award for excellence with the EBP. Developing employability skills in young people is a great passion of his, in order for young people to have a better chance of gaining employment in a difficult economic climate.

In December 2010, Stuart gained Accredited Lead Practitioner status, in recognition of his work to help, support, train, coach and develop others in his area of the profession. …

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