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New Year Honour for dedicated curriculum manager recognised for her work with disadvantaged families

27 December 2019

A dedicated curriculum manager who has helped thousands of people across Norfolk gain vital skills is set for an award in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Amanda Reeve will receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Education after her successful work with disadvantaged families in Great Yarmouth was recognised during a Department for Education visit to the service just under two years ago. The DfE proposed she should receive the award for her work, which since their visit has extended its reach across the county. For example, last year (2018/19) almost 2,000 Norfolk residents receiving tailored support with their basic English and maths skills.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities at Norfolk County Council, said: “Amanda has been dedicated to improving the life chances of thousands of Norfolk people over the past 20 years while working in further education in the county. Her tireless work has seen her focus on getting the best outcomes for everyone she has worked with and I’m thrilled that this dedication has been recognised in this very welcome way.”

After working in further education for the past two decades Amanda has also recently developed a highly acclaimed programme of learning that she is delivering for Norfolk’s Syrian refugee families.

Amanda Reeve, Norfolk County Council Adult Learning Curriculum Manager, said: “I’m very grateful to receive this recognition for work that has become a passion for me. I believe having good maths and English is the cornerstone to enhancing people’s life chances. Working with families, improving their English and maths skills has been a real privilege. This has not only been a pleasure to do but has also helped me to develop new, and even more effective, teaching methods to benefit people across the county.”

British Empire Medal recipients will be presented with their medal by the Lord-Lieutenant at a local ceremony, and will be invited to a Royal Garden Party in the summer.

Further information

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Learning team offers a range of professional and vocational qualifications, leisure and subsidised courses right across Norfolk including Accountancy, Access to Higher Education, Health and Social Care, GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications, Childcare and Teaching qualifications as well as courses designed for people to try a new hobby or learn a new skill.

All courses are taught by professionally qualified, passionate tutors who are experts in their field. In addition to a dedicated apprenticeships team there is an experienced team of advisors offering ongoing specialist learning support, and information, advice and guidance to help people beginning a path to a new career or life goal.

For more information visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/adult-learning

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