A teacher from New City College had a day out to remember when she attended a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 16 May, where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended.
Louise Workman-Dent, a senior curriculum manager in the SEND department at the college's Poplar campus in Tower Hamlets, received the invitation to the Palace in recognition of the work her department has been doing in running a supported internship programme for students with learning disabilities or difficulties or other special educational needs.
The programme gives students the skills and employability support to experience work through a supported internship, whilst continuing to study at the college. So far, students have enjoyed experiences with leading employers such as the NHS, the Financial Times and Channel 4 amongst others.
It was a nomination by civil servant from the Department for Education that ensured Louise received an invitation to Buckingham Palace.
During a visit to the college earlier this year, the official was very impressed after speaking to two students who are benefitting from the supported internship programme. The students guided the government official around the Poplar campus and explained passionately about the difference the college had made to their lives and their futures.
Speaking about her unexpected invitation, Louise said:
I'm so touched to be nominated and very proud to go and represent the college. It is lovely to have the hard work that senior curriculum managers do recognised. It was a brilliant day out.
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