Higher Education staff at Petroc in Barnstaple have been recognised for the ‘excellent’ outcomes of students.

Petroc has received a silver award for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) after students achieved ‘excellent’ outcomes.

The award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) saw a panel reviewing the college against its criteria.

In its statement of findings, the panel reported Petroc showed particular evidence of ‘the excellent focus on learning and teaching, enterprise and skills in a local contextt.

It also praised its small group teaching and skills development, and the fact it recognises excellent teaching.

Jane Hanson, vice principal for quality, curriculum and learners, said: “Petroc is delighted to be recognised and compared so favourably with all institutions offering higher education.

“This is a reward for the hard work and creativity of staff in designing a curriculum to meet the needs of our community, enhancing social mobility and creating sustainable jobs.

“Demonstrating overall how well Higher Education is taught across Petroc, and the high levels of achievement; 64 per cent of our continuing BA students were awarded a First or 2:1.”

The award comes after two of Petroc’s higher education staff were honoured at Plymouth University’s SSTAR awards.

Early childhood studies lecturer, Kate Roberts, was awarded Faculty Winner for ‘Most Effective Feedback’ and Laura West-Burnham, higher education curriculum team leader, was awarded Faculty Winner for ‘Sensational Programme Lead’ and, for the second year running, ‘Most Innovative Teaching’.