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    Silver National Teaching Award winner!

    Bishop Ramsey teacher at Teacher of the Year Award final

    In October one of our teachers, Mrs Helen Simmons, attended the prestigious UK grand final of the Pearson National Teaching Awards in London hosted by TV historian Dan Snow.

    Back in June of this year, Helen was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 64 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

    On Sunday 18th October, Helen and the other Silver Award winners attended a glittering ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to find out which of them had been selected to win a National Pearson Teaching Award, also known as a Gold Plato Award. 

    The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

    Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said, “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be associated with the Teaching Awards.  I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in a celebration of the profession that’s probably the most important of them all.”

    Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “We are so proud to support the Teaching Awards and I’d like to offer huge congratulations to the 2015 winners. Whatever changes in education, it will always be the teacher with the ultimate power to engage and inspire. Great teaching makes the biggest difference to learning and it’s incredibly important that we take this moment each year to recognise this.”

    Although not a Gold Award winner Mrs Simmons' achievement in gaining the Silver Teaching Award is a testament to her exceptional contribution to the school community at Bishop Ramsey.   Headteacher, Andrew Wilcock said, “Helen is a fantastic teacher of drama, who inspires her students to achieve beyond their wildest dreams. She fully deserves this recognition.”