Biology teacher David Bell recognised at Teacher of the Year Awards

The College are delighted to see Biology lecturer, David Bell, praised as ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent Pearson National Teaching Awards.

The Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching and highlight just how vital success in education is to the health and wealth of the UK.

David was nominated by Head of Science, Liam Nolan, for his ‘Blue Peter Presenter’ levels of “infectious enthusiasm”.

“I can genuinely state that I have never worked with anyone who shows as much relentless positive engagement with students,” said Liam Nolan.

Liam has worked with David for 7 years and recalls how he started work at the College as an Animal Science technician. Now a lecturer in Biology, David was shocked by his nomination: “It was quite a surprise,” he explained. “As a teacher, I’m always reflecting on what I can do better and being open to new ways of doing things.”

“His teaching and has the ‘x factor’ which all excellent teachers aspire to, but few achieve.” – Liam Nolan.

Improvement is at the heart of all of David’s teachings, with his motto to ‘fail often, fail early, and fail forward.’

In a recent College survey, David Bell was consistently placed as the most highly valued of 120 teaching staff.

Outside of the classroom, David has worked tirelessly to arrange trips and events – also organising the College running club and Environmental Awareness Day.

David has been instrumental in setting up the new foundation degree in Animal Science and has worked closely with the Royal Agricultural University.

Contributing to the development of new staff, David has supported new teachers as part of the College’s in-house teacher training programme.

“I’m very fortunate that I get to work as part of a driven and motivated teaching team at the College, who want to see students succeed,” said David.

Learn more about the College’s A-level Biology programme here. For more on this story, please contact Izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk