Congratulations to the latest group of BRITE graduates who recently received their awards. Graduates, dignitaries and BRITE staff battled through darkness and stormy weather to the impressive surroundings of the Windows On The Wallace room at Stirling Management Centre.
In total there were 29 graduates from 16 colleges. 19 of the graduates had achieved the SQA Professional Development Award entitled “Inclusiveness: Facilitating Strategies to Support Learners with Additional Needs”. The remaining 10 achieved the SQA Higher National unit entitled “Facilitate Inclusive Learning Strategies”
Alison Cox announced to some gasps that her introduction would contain four “f-words”. However her microphone did not have to be turned off as three of these were revealed to be the groups of people she wanted to thank: Funders, Facilitators and Families. The Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council were applauded for establishing and maintaining BRITE to help fulfil the policy of inclusion within Scottish colleges. Also thanked were the BRITE staff team for their training and mentoring of the graduates. Particular mention was given to the families, friends and colleagues of the graduates for their support and assistance during the period of study.
Alison’s final “f-word” was “future”. The new graduates were reminded that they were now part of the future of inclusiveness in their establishments and that the value of their award lay not in the certificate, but in the difference it made to their practice.
The certificates were presented by Ian Miller, Chair of the BRITE Advisory Group who then gave a speech in which he praised the dedication and commitment of the graduates in completing the awards. Ian stated that although it is ten years since BRITE was conceived, its aims are as relevant today as they were then. He gave some encouraging statistics about how often and from how many countries BRITE’s website is accessed before charging the graduates with spreading the word about BRITE’s work and the training it provides.
The picture above shows the 12 proud graduates who were in attendance to receive their award, along with staff from BRITE.
If you would like more information about the various accredited training BRITE can offer click here. In addition to the two awards mentioned above BRITE will shortly be commencing a Professional Development Award aimed at Educational Support Workers. For details of this please click here to contact us.