A dance teacher who works for the Windsor Forest Colleges Group has been shortlisted as 'teacher of the year'.

Eleanor Turner is course leader for dance at Strode's College in Egham - which is run by the group also responsible for Windsor College and Langley College.

She has been shortlisted for the 2020 Tes FE Teacher of the Year Awards - celebrating dedication and expertise.

Commenting on the significance of being shortlisted Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement."

Eleanor's brief extends to a number of schools beyond Strode's and has seen recruitment to her courses increase by 40 per cent.

One former student commented: “Dance at college was, without a doubt, the highlight of my week when I was at Strode’s. Eleanor was a wonderful teacher and made the dance studio such a welcoming environment for everyone.

Eleanor was 100 per cent invested in each and every dancer, no matter the ability and this made everyone feel valued within the classes. She was an amazing teacher.”

Karen Griffiths Head of Sixth at Strode’s College said: “Eleanor’s enthusiasm is infectious. The students love working with her and many cite her as their inspiration for their future ambitions. And it’s not just students who are inspired and enthused by Eleanor. She encourages colleagues with her innovation and creativity and I can honestly say that Strode’s is a richer place for having her teach here.”

The winners will be announced at the Tes FE Awards ceremony which will take place on Friday 20 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.