Alix Christopher from Barton Peveril Sixth Form College has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model for Age Award at the National Diversity Awards 2017.
She is a full time Teacher of Sport and PE and an outstanding role model for students at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. Her energy and desire to make all students feel included inspires her colleagues to do more to raise the self-esteem of young people.
Alix has contributed to a number of college projects across the whole campus and has taken the lead within the PE department to ensure that equality and diversity has been embedded not only in their curriculum, but has become a visible value throughout their teaching, tutoring and team sports.
As part of LGBT month, Alix created a powerful display, so that LGBTQ students could see themselves represented in a variety of sports. Her students delivered an Inclusive triathlon for local pupils with both learning and physical differences, and she is now organising a Festival of Culture to be held at the college later this month.
Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the breath-taking Anglican Cathedral on 8 September 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.
The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.
Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.
Alix said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the National Diversity Awards this year. It is really important students studying at Barton Peveril feel safe, welcomed and valued no matter their circumstances and It is really lovely to know that the work being done to ensure this is the case is being well received and hopefully making a difference in the young people’s lives.”
Principal, Jonathan Prest added: “Educationalists and education leaders need to resist the pressure to make everything about league tables and results. We have a responsibility to help develop a truly inclusive society where every individual can thrive.
“It is through the energies of remarkable people like Alix Christopher that opportunities are seized. Barton Peveril has a well-deserved reputation for looking after our students and students always tell us they are happy studying here. Thank you to Alix and all my colleagues who make this a reality, every day.”
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.
TV Presenter Graham Norton said “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’
To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist