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Bradford educator to attend garden party at Buckingham Palace

Julie is pictured outside the David Hockney Building at Bradford College

A long-serving education professional from Bradford has been invited to attend the Queen’s Garden Party in May.

Julie Warden, who works at Bradford College, received the royal invitation in recognition of her service to education and will travel to Buckingham Palace for the glamorous event on May 15.

She has worked in education for 30 years, the last five of which have been at the college, where she plays a key role in ensuring learners make good progress on their courses.

She was put forward for the invitation by the Society for Education and Training (SET), which is the membership body dedicated to professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training.

Commenting on her Royal invite, Julie said: “I feel hugely privileged to be attending and representing the Society for Education and Training and Bradford College and all the folk who work tirelessly in education to enhance the lives of their learners.

“I am passionate about a high quality learner experience so my current role at Bradford College is a great fit.  As Learner Progress and Cross College Tutorial Manager I set the direction of travel, expectations and content of tutorials for more than 3,000 full-time further education students.  These are facilitated by an amazing team of Progress Coaches who also encourage students to undertake enrichment activities, provide pastoral care, monitor attendance and make referrals to the broader college services.

“I am part of SET’s Practitioner Advisory Group which involves mentoring those seeking Advanced Teacher Status or a career change in the Bradford area.”

Around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed at each of The Queen’s garden parties, which are an important way for Her Majesty to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.

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