Looking to the future of education

We are so pleased to announce that Bridgend College has been nominated for not one, but two awards, at the Edufuturists Awards 2020!

The College has been shortlisted for the title of FE College of the Year and Digital Lead, Scott Morgan, for Staff Engagement & Training Champion of the Year.

The annual Edufuturists awards celebrate the innovative work of educators from the UK and beyond as they lead the way in evolving to suit the needs of learners and society for now and for the future.

Recently announced as a Google Reference College, the first college in Wales to hold this esteemed title, Bridgend College has demonstrated exemplary practice in digital transformation.

Our commitment over the last few years has meant that we have now been recognised as a centre of excellence by Google for our use of GSuite for Education across the organisation, demonstrating a consistent and coherent approach to staff development and training.

With 148 staff at the College now trained as Level 1 Google Certified Educators and a new onsite Digital Innovation Space, Den01, Bridgend College is paving the way for 21st century learning in Wales.

In addition, we have 29 staff trained as Level 2 Certified Educators, 3 Certified Trainers and 1 Innovator. These figures continue to rise thanks to a full G Suite induction programme given to new starters. Training can be provided by in-house Certified Trainers in 1 to 1, 12 week and intensive courses. All staff are encouraged, supported and funded to apply for the next level.

Since our collaboration with Google Professional Development Partner, Aspire 2Be, with whom we’ve formed a strong partnership, all staff and students across the organisation use G Suite as their primary digital platform. Google Classroom is used as the sole virtual learning environment across all teaching and learning and Chromebooks are widely used across campuses, allowing for far wider access to many college systems. Based on an all-staff digital audit taken in December 2019, 9 out of 10 staff agree that G Suite has improved collaborative working.

New technologies for curriculum use have been explored through our onsite Digital Innovation Space, Den01, in recent months.

The College’s Digital Lead, Scott Morgan, has been instrumental in the wide-scale, cultural change at Bridgend College. As a passionate, dedicated, and supportive leader, Scott has led a digital strategy at the College which has seen us develop as a leading institution in the use of digital tools for teaching and learning. With initiatives such as Den01 and robotics classes, innovation is high on the agenda and students benefit from digitally skilled staff, with a focus on redefining the curriculum and the manner in which it is delivered. Scott has played a pivotal role in the College’s Google journey.

On his nomination for Staff Engagement & Training Champion of the Year, he said,

“We’ve been working hard for several years on digital transformation and we’ve had some recent success stories – first with the Google Reference College status and now with this shortlisting. Since taking our first tentative steps a few years ago, and since enlisting the help of our digital training partners Aspire 2Be, we are delighted to have been recognised on a national scale. The staff teams at Bridgend College are great to work with and there is such a positive change culture that everyone has embraced and supported our recent digital movement. Without the support of the staff from all corners of the College, we would not be in this position – they are all deserving of this achievement!”

The awards will be held virtually this year with winners announced on July 10th. We’ve got our fingers crossed!