LFE’s Learner of the Term celebrates the efforts of students who have made excellent academic progress and a positive contribution at their club, with the winner earning a certificate and £200 Amazon voucher.
Nathan Moores-Matthew | Southend United Community & Educational Trust
Nathan is in his third year at Southend United CET having initially started on the Level 2 course, before progressing onto Level 3. Having developed his outlook and behaviour, Nathan passed both his English and maths GCSEs during his time on the programme, and is now consistently achieving distinction level in his assignment work.
Education Tutor Stuart Avis told LFE: “I feel that something has clicked this term with Nathan. He is understanding more what is required in assignments and he has showcased development in his independence, achieve these grades with less tutor support.
“Nathan has attributed this development to pushing himself more and setting goals of achievement for assignments. He is also now very focused on the next stage of his education. When Nathan started, he did not have a plan for his next steps, but now he is focused on going to University to study Sports Analysis or Sports Rehabilitation. This is great to see this progression of aims and goals, which have been fully realised this term.
“In terms of his personal development, Nathan has displayed an increase in self-confidence. He is a leader in the classroom and he is showing a maturity that is a benchmark for conduct to other learners across the college. He is more focused in lessons and will make the best of his time, as he knows this is how he will achieve his goals from the course.”
In addition to his academic success, Nathan has displayed the same types of maturity and confidence in his football. Having shown glimpses of leadership qualities in previous years, this is now a highlight of his performance as an established and influential member of the team.
Coach Ross Johnson added: “Nathan has been excellent within the football side of the programme. He never misses a training session and always sets his standards high to develop himself as a player and a person. He drives the group on and is a leader in the team, which we see in training and games.
“Nathan has improved technically and tactically over the time he has spent here and that has earned him a starting spot in all the games this season in our A team. He is a pleasure to coach and have around the programme, as he always brings a positive mindset and is happy to have a ball at his feet.”
This term is a culmination of two years of work and Nathan is now achieving great heights on his education and life journey, resulting from a combination of his hard work, developing maturity, a clear focus of what he wants to do and how he gets the best from the course to achieve his goals.
Read about this term’s runners-up here.