Ellie Henderson working at Chelmsford Educations Centre

Anglian Water is celebrating Chelmsford Education Centre Manager, Ellie Henderson winning the Learning Outside the Classroom Advocate Award at an awards ceremony in Chingford, Essex, last night (Thursday, November 26). 

Anglian Water has two purpose built education centres in Chelmsford and Leighton Linslade alongside an education outreach programme in schools. A visit to an education centre provides the opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a water recycling centre and fun, interactive sessions in our well-equipped classroom, provide an exciting range of experiences to bring the water topic to life.

Ellie is a fully qualified teacher who joined the education team in 2009 as Chelmsford Water Recycling Education Centre Manager. Anglian Water’s community education team manager, Marcia Davies nominated Ellie for the award as she plays an active role promoting and advocating benefits of learning outside the classroom in Essex, and supporting schools and colleagues to deliver high quality educational visits through her work with Essex Learning Outside the Classroom network.

This award recognises the fantastic individuals who are committed to ensuring that young people benefit from engaging and motivating learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Marcia Davies said: “Since joining Anglian Water Ellie has dedicated her time at the centre to create a stimulating, safe, exciting and challenging environment for learning. She has a passion for learning outside the classroom and brings bags of enthusiasm to her education sessions. Her aim is to inspire and allow education centre visitors to develop the skills they need to thrive in the new sustainable economy, working in areas related to sustainable water, agriculture and construction.

“Schools report a change in how the children think and act towards water as a result of their visit. This is down to Ellie’s commitment and creativity.”

In addition to her role at the education centre, Ellie is also the chair of Essex Learning Outside the Classroom. In this role, Ellie has organized and run 3 Learning Outside the Classroom Conferences. The conferences are an opportunity to provide local teachers with practical workshops, ideas and inspiration to take back to their schools. The conference is open to all, not just schools in Essex, delegates from Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Hertfordshire also attend.