Swindon College PGCE student Tim Hancox joins UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme!

03 May 2019

Swindon College would like to congratulate Tim Hancox who has been successful in his application to join the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme! Parliament receive a very high demand of applicants to fulfil only 70 positions and Tim is the first successful candidate from Swindon since 2016.

Tim is Head of Key Stage 4 and teaches at Abbey Park School and applied to join the Parliament Teacher Ambassador programme after his PGCE group visited Parliament on 8th April 2019. Tim has worked in education for 11 years in a variety of educational settings employed in different job roles. Alongside this, Tim trained and dedicated his spare time to Wiltshire Police as a Special Police Constable.

When speaking to Tim about the fantastic news he said “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with Parliament and to be trained in the UK parliament to promote political system. In addition to engaging students, I will also be giving teachers and potentially parents a better understanding of how our parliamentary system is embedded into society.”

Tim’s lecturer Lisa Lawlor said “I am incredibly proud of Tim for embarking on his journey to participate in the Teacher Ambassador Programme and I wish him every success. 

This programme is designed to increase understanding of Parliament and democracy amongst students and colleagues. In July Tim will attend a 3 day professional development course at the Teachers’ Institute in the House of Parliament. This unforgettable course will have a variety of educational professionals involved and once completed Tim will work towards his official UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador status.

Successful candidates will commit to becoming either a bronze, silver or gold UK Parliament ambassador but Tim says he’s striving for gold! Gold candidates make a bigger commitment to Parliament but receive a lot of support including materials and an invitation to become a Gold group leader at future Teacher Institutes. Find out more about the levels here.