A teacher from Cumbria has been recognised for outstanding practice.

Chris Fairclough was awarded a Technical Teaching Fellowship from the Education and Training Foundation in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

The fellowships are awarded to outstanding teachers who are recognised for the high impact they have.

Chris, who is Nuclear Curriculum Team Leader at Lakes College, National College for Nuclear, near Workington, was one of four people awarded the fellowship on Friday.

They are expected to share their learning and expertise across the sector as part of their award.

The Technical Teaching Fellowship programme was launched in June 2018.

It is designed to celebrate the teachers and support them to spread their knowledge of good practice in helping people achieve at a high level in science, technology, engineering and maths, both in their studies and careers.

Chris will receive an award of £5,000 to £15,000 to support "knowledge transfer activity".

He will also be expected to develop action plans to transfer his knowledge to others and attend two one-day developmental workshops over the 2020/2021 academic year.

He will also be paired with a mentor to support him during the programme and be expected to present and tell people about his work at two national conferences next year.

Finally he will contribute to a report "written to engage and motivate technical education in his area of practice".

David Russell, chief executive at the Education and Training Foundation, said: “Everyone at the Education and Training Foundation would like to congratulate the four expert teachers on being awarded their Technical Teaching Fellowships.

"They will be a benefit to further education by being at the forefront of improving technical education in the sector.

“Through developing opportunities for further improvement in technical education and training while encouraging and leading on collaborations between industry and FE providers, the fellows will assist in learner advancement.”