Pye Bank Step Up

Story by Smaira Sadique

The national Festival of Learning, formerly Adult Learners Week, now in its 26th year is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. It was celebrated in Sheffield on Wednesday 20th June at the Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University.

The Festival not only aims to highlight the benefits of learning, but also celebrates the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives.

One such group, from Pye Bank School, had been nominated by Family Learning tutors Jane Mountney and Julie Brearley, for their commitment and hard work on the Stepping Up With Maths course. The group is one of the largest to attend a Family Learning course consistently and includes 17 learners.

They were awarded a prize for their commitment to learning and for working towards their goal of achieving City and Guilds qualifications. Congratulations to the entire group on their win!

The keynote speaker was Dr Debjani Chatterjee MBE who spoke of her own experiences as a learner and educator in Sheffield. Other guests included; Dawn Shaw – Head of Libraries and Community Services (Including Learning & Skills), Emma Beal – Assistant Director Lifelong Learning and Councillor Mike Drabble attending on behalf of Councillor Jayne Dunn Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.