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The Pearson Teaching Awards

This month sees the conclusion of The Teaching Awards 2012; nominations have been counted, finalists notified, and now the winners have been announced!

brainThe awards are part of the ‘Thank a Teacher’ Thank a teachercampaign, which allows any grateful student to send a ‘thank you’ to any member of staff they feel is particularly deserving of appreciation, for outstanding services to teaching. In effect, a single ‘thank-you’ acts as a nomination, however, members of staff can also nominate directly.

Throughout March and April every year, judges review the nominations from across the nation, selecting the finalists, whom they then go on to visit. On the 20 June, otherwise known as ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, the results are announced in the press, and celebration packs are dispatched to the finalists’ schools.

Finally, in October, the ceremony is televised on BBC2, when the winners are presented with a gold Plato.

The categories of our winners include ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’, ‘Teacher of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year’. This year’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ went to Nathan Kemp of Tollgate Primary School. Nathan is described as “an exceptionally gifted young primary teacher, with a moral purpose to his work that has a major impact on children” who encourages his children to “go for [their] dreams”. He has worked at Tollgate Primary School in Newham for six years, where 70% of pupils speak English as a second language. However, thanks to Nathan, the vast majority of his pupils go on to achieve high levels in Maths and English - a remarkable achievement for the young teacher.

More information and the complete list of winners can be found at: www.teachingawards.com/winners, and the ceremony itself will be broadcast on Sunday 28 October at 17:25 (or 18:15 in Wales): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nr9t0.

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