Local teacher in the running to be named one of ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2017

Local teacher in the running to be named one of ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2017

  • Mrs Hayley Townsend of St Pauls Catholic School in Thames Ditton, Surrey, is to attend the prestigious UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards
  • Nomination follows the acceptance of a Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession

On Sunday 22nd October, Hayley will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden, London, where she will find out if she has won a prestigious Gold Plato Award.  Hayley was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the St Pauls Catholic School community.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Eleven Gold Plato awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Hayley was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

Hayley started her teaching career in 1992, and joined St Paul’s in 2014, firstly on a part time basis and then as a full-time class teacher. She successfully combines being a mother of 4 children and an outstanding class room teacher. Hayley’s students adore her. More importantly they trust her and this has allowed Hayley to ask them to perform their very best. Their parents know that there is something magical unfolding and they are only too eager support the efforts within class. What sets Hayley apart is her desire to keep learning. Thus, when new initiatives are being trialled she is at the front of the line looking to participate. The progress that her children make is strong and this is because Hayley constructs lessons and learning opportunities specifically for the needs of her children.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It’s an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That’s why these Pearson teaching awards are important, and that’s why I’m delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves.”

Parents and students alike can recognise and thank the teachers who are making a difference by visiting http://teachingawards.com/thank-a-teacher/ to thank a teacher. Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.

For more information please contact:

Mary Palmer at the Pearson Teaching Awards

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