Macauley Dean

Macauley Wins Inter College ICT Competition

A student from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, has just won a North East Inter College competition in ICT.

Macauley Dean, 16, from Darlington, took part in the Inclusive Skills Competition, recently held at Derwentside College, which saw a number of students, with a range of special educational needs, take each other on in ICT and media skills tests.

Macauley Dean with Derwentside Assistant Deputy Principal Denise Dunn
Macauley Dean with Derwentside College
Assistant Deputy Principal Denise Dunn

A range of inter college competitions have been taking place for the last couple of years around the region, but this is the first time the Inclusive Skills Competition has been held.

Foundation students from East Durham College, Newcastle College, Derwentside College and New College Durham all took part and the winners are now in with a chance of going on to compete at the WorldSkills UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham in November.

Macauley, who studies on an Entry Level 1 Personal Progress programme, had to use his keyboard skills to type up and correct a piece of information that all the competitors were given, which contained a number of mistakes, in the allotted time.

Talking about the event and Macauley’s win, Dawn Wise, Programme Area Leader for Foundation Studies, said: “The competition was a fantastic experience for all the students who took part.”

“For foundation learners, the chance to meet the other people and competitors and take part in an event of a competitive nature is a huge confidence builder for them.”

“The Inclusive Skills Competitions give young people the opportunity not only to compete but also to meet others.

“I’m thrilled for Macauley, who has shown, determination and tenacity when tackling the task at hand and this is a well-deserved win.”

“I would like to say a massive well done to all the students who took part and especially our four Houghall students; Macauley, Mark Cogdon, Matthew Snowdon and Jordon Mitcheson, who all worked very hard, were extremely professional and enjoyed the experience immensely.”

If you would like to find out more about courses at East Durham College for pupils, aged 16-25, with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please visit the SEND section of the website or call 0191 518 8222.

Macauley Dean with the other competition winners