An A Level maths tutor who inspired students to succeed retired from Newham College, last week (28 March).
Charlie Carter, 71, from Wanstead, said goodbye to staff and students at a special event at the Stratford Campus after 40 years of service.
A Level student EMuszynski and Charlie Carter
Charlie began at East Ham Technical College in 1972 and moved to Newham College’s campus in Stratford in 1995. He continued to teach part-time after turning 66-years-old in 2008.
Campus Executive Director, Conchita Henry said: “Tutors should have dedication and skills but what Charlie has is out of this world. No one can remember you having a day off since you started here.
“You’re someone who knows their craft. The result of your last year was wonderful. There was a 100% pass rate in Maths and students said they could get through their A Levels because of Charlie.
“I want to thank you for all the students and tutors who relied on you. I’m sorry that this College will no longer have you.”
At the event, staff spoke about their memoires of Charlie. They mentioned three students who called themselves ‘Charlie’s Angels’ because he inspired them to achieve. They said he was so dedicated that, one day, he went into college despite the fact that a lorry had literally knocked him off his bike.
Many of his students have gone on to university. One of them, Lamon French, 20, attended the farewell to thank Charlie for helping him start an economics degree at East Anglia University.
Lamon said: “I came to Newham College with a grade-C in Maths but wanted to go to university. It was down to Charlie’s support that I got an A and did that.”
Charlie said: “I must have taught about 4,000 students and they were just about all lovely youngsters, and one or two oldies! I loved teaching A Level Mathematics and especially to the students we have at Newham College.
“I feel I have been blessed to have worked here for so long and I thank all my former student and colleagues for the support and friendship they have shown me.
Ben Summerskill stirs debate during LGBT month
Newham College was recently visited by Ben Summerskill, the Chief Executive of the UK-based Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual equality organisation Stonewall.
Ben Summerskill, the Chief Executive
With Newham College recently ranking 32nd on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2010, Ben congratulated the college on its position as the only FE educational institution to appear on the index; a the definitive national benchmarking exercise that showcases Britain's top employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff.
Speaking to a packed out room of attentive staff, the visit was scheduled to coincide with LGBT month which runs throughout February annually; a four week period set up to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community at large. Talking openly and proudly of the headway Stonewall have made in recent years, Ben also emphasised the need for more action to combat homophobia on a national level.
"Newham College is immensely proud of its ranking on the Stonewall Index and Ben's speech today was truly inspiring. With Newham being one of the most diverse boroughs in the whole country it is vital we take every kind of equality and diversity extremely seriously. I think it is testament to our continued hard work in these areas that today’s visit was full to capacity with staff” Christine Freestone - Human Resources Director
Newham College constantly strives to be inclusive and to reflect the local community. With more than 110 languages spoken in Newham, it is without doubt one the most varied populations of any borough in London. Therefore Newham College of Further Education is an open access institution, which means that all sections of the community are encouraged to study at the College, and all applicants will be offered a place on a course regardless of qualifications, age, race, sex, or indeed, sexual orientation.
Homophobic bullying causes permanent damage to young people and blights the schools and colleges where it takes place. Making all young people - regardless of their sexuality - feel included and valued is a major opportunity for the educational system to transform the lives of a significant number of pupils and students. With this said, Ben Summerskill and Stonewall recently launched a competition for young people aged between 16-21.
If you are between these ages and want to do something against homophobic bullying? Then produce a film clip with a positive message against homophobic bullying to win great prizes and get your message heard across the country! Your clip can be any style you like - from documentary to animation. Record on mobile phone/ webcam/ DV-camcorder/ digital camera.
Newham College of Further Education was recently ranked 32 on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2010. This is a definitive national benchmarking exercise that showcases Britain’s top employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff.
Over 350 applications were submitted from companies on both the private and public sectors and participation in the Index has more than doubled since 2006. This has resulted in the fact, to win a place in the Top 100, an organisation’s score needed to be 10 per cent higher than in 2009.
Improving on last year when the College was ranked 39th, we remained the highest ranking educational institution in the Stonewall Index for the second year running. The only other two educational institutions to make the top 100 employers were Imperial College (79th) and Liverpool John Moores University (85th).
The staff feedback showed that employees who feel able to be open about their sexual orientation are significantly happier with their employer than those who are not out. They feel more supported by Managers, build better relationships with their colleagues and are more loyal to their employer.
This is yet another landmark achievement recognising the extent and depth of the College's leadership of, commitment to and action on equality and diversity.