A POPULAR city teacher has been nominated for a prestigious prize in the 2018 Worcestershire Education Awards.

The awards, organised by the Worcester News in partnership with the University of Worcester, showcase those that inspire children.

Nathalie Bufton, head of Independent Living Skills at New College Worcester (NCW), has been put forward for the Teacher of the Year Award.

The college is an independent school for students aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted, based in Whittington Road, Worcester.

Speaking on the nomination, Mrs Bufton said: "It is so exciting to be nominated for an award. It feels like we are really making a difference here to the lives of young people who are visually impaired. It is my goal that every person leaving NCW will have a toolbox of skills that they can call upon throughout their lives when they are faced with challenges – which inevitably they will be."

Marketing manager Lorna Phillips said: "An important part of her role is to teach students who are blind or visually impaired crucial independent living skills which help to prepare them for life beyond the college.

"Those skills include safely preparing healthy and delicious food, self-care, laundry skills, banking and many other skills that sighted people often take for granted.

"Nathalie works hard at cross-campus cohesion to ensure skills are practised on the residential side of college as well as in the classroom and works closely with other VI organisations in the community to share her expertise and raise awareness of visual impairment."

Mrs Bufton is also a guest lecturer at the University of Worcester.

To find out more about New College Worcester, visit newcollegeworcester.co.uk or call 01905 763933.

To view the categories and to nominate an organisation or group, go to worcesternews.co.uk/weawards2018. Entries close on Friday April 20.