Teachers honoured with ‘Oscar’ awards

Staff at a Wallsend school have been honoured for their work in the classroom, receiving their industry’s ‘Oscar’ award.

A presentation at Churchill Community College saw the staff receive their Silver Teaching Awards in three separate categories of this year’s Pearson Teaching Awards.

They were presented with their trophies last Friday, which was ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ and now go forward to the national finals in October.

Silver awards were presented to the college’s teaching and learning team – in the ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year in a Secondary School’ – and Alan Strachan – in the ‘Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Award’ – with both through to the gold award category finals.

Teaching assistant Gillian Mulligan is a finalist in the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year in a Secondary School’.

There were also highly commended awards for headteacher David Baldwin (Most Outstanding Headteacher in a Secondary School), Malcolm Jacobs (Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Award) and Heather Walls and Emma Duckworth (Outstanding Teachers in a Secondary School).

Mr Baldwin said: “Churchill has been fantastically successful in the National Teaching Awards for 2014, sponsored by Pearson Education.

“The college has been visited and rigorously assessed by the national judges for our finalists in each category to reach this point.

“Finalists were selected from over 20,000 nominations and Churchill’s staff join a list of exceptional teachers who are the stars of the education profession.”

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards, said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of 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 celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK said: “Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK.

“Pearson has long held lifelong learning to be at the heart of all its business.

“All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education.

“That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.”

The national awards ceremony will be on October 26, at the Guildhall in London.