Nescot’s Head of Entry Level, Lynn Reddick, was invited to Downing Street last week for the launch of the government’s New Opportunities white paper, aimed at improving social mobility.
Lynn, who won a prestigious Star Award for her ground-breaking work with students with learning difficulties, discussed ways of helping people meet their potential with House of Commons Leader Harriet Harman, Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls and Communities Minister Hazel Blears.
‘It was a really positive morning. It’s part of a package to help everyone to get into work but especially those groups who might struggle. There were people from across different government departments and there was a real consensus in that room but we’ll have to wait and see,’ said Lynn.
Lynn was chosen for a Star Award from a shortlist of education heroes from across Britain. She was nominated in the category of Response to Learners’ Needs and attended a glittering ceremony in London on November the 24th to discover she had won outright.
‘Of all the categories, Response to Learners Needs means the most to me personally. It’s about students coming first and that’s what I’ve always tried to do,’ she said.
Lynn won the award after developing an employability pilot which has attracted the attention of top local employers like Toyota, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Chessington Garden centre, Epsom Racecourse and Epsom Playhouse as well as the NHS and Epsom Council.