The College’s History Department is the first school in Devon to receive the Historical Association’s Silver Quality Mark Award.
The award, launched just two years ago, recognises schools and colleges who provide excellent History provision, as well as providing a framework for encouraging creative and critical thinking around the subject. The College’s History Department has spent the last two years evidence-gathering to support their application; areas that were scrutinised included teaching and learning, curriculum provision, leadership and enrichment opportunities (including local community involvement).
The College was visited by Historical Association assessor, Dr Tim Lomas, on 28 March, who carried out additional observation and investigation into History provision in order to make his recommendation. His visit included interviewing members of the History Department’s staff, lesson observation, and a question and answer session with the College’s student History Ambassadors.
Team Leader of History, Kalie Dowling, was thrilled with the award: “For us, as both a Department and a College, this is amazing. It recognises the journey the Department has been on and consolidates the success we have experienced and the turnaround in student uptake of the subject. The report provided by the Historical Association recognised the many strengths of the Department, including teaching, learning and leadership, as well as the enthusiasm shown for the subject by the students themselves. I am particularly proud of the students whose hard work was recognised by Dr Lomas during his visit; he was very impressed with the work in their books, and for how eloquently the students who he interviewed spoke about their experiences of History at Newton Abbot College. This award recognises a Department that is going from strength to strength, and I am excited to see how we grow in the coming years.”