BASINGSTOKE can officially lay claim to having the best tutor in the country.

James Booty from Basingstoke College of Technology was celebrated as he was awarded the BTEC award for Tutor of the Year 2020.

Mr Booty was recognised for his innovative and exceptional teaching style which motivates both learners and other members of his department.

But that wasn’t all he brought to the table.

He was also praised for enriching the learning through real life scenarios and establishing effective external relations to build the curriculum and opportunities for learners.

Commenting on the win, Mr Booty said: “I am extremely proud to receive the award for this year’s BTEC Tutor of the Year and it is an incredible achievement for every member of our team as it speaks volumes of the course that we shaped and built together.

“Throughout my teaching career I have worked exceptionally hard to deliver the best possible experiences for my learners and it makes me feel incredibly privileged to have won such a prestigious accolade.”

The 2020 BTEC Awards comprised of 17 categories and was hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC Ambassador, Flex, with awards presented by Double Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock as well as actress and former BTEC Drama student at The BRIT School, Kellie Shirley.

The panel of judges made up of Pearson’s senior leadership team, journalists and external experts, carefully considered the nominees before deciding on the winners.”

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire and former Secretary of State for Education, said: “My sincere congratulations to James on being recognised as Tutor of the Year through the Pearson 2020 BTEC Awards. This achievement is testament to his creative teaching style which motivates students and colleagues alike. I am delighted that his success will be celebrated this week at the awards ceremony.”