2015 Pearson Teaching Award Winners Announced

 The English Department at West Lakes Academy has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category, ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year’, in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015!

Selected from thousands of nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2015,  the team’s is one of just 60 celebrations which will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day, 12 June 2015, when prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards will be presented to outstanding local heroes of education.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognize 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 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.”

The team will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 18th October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award. The ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

Academy Principal, Vanessa Ray nominated the team, in her nomination Mrs Ray wrote, “The English team at West Lakes Academy care deeply about each and every student that studies English. Our students are their priority and are at the heart of everything they do. The staff have a passion for instilling, within all of the Academy’s learners, a thirst for knowledge and have a real drive to create independent thinkers and exemplary communicators. They make each and every student believe they can achieve, and they do! They never leave any student behind- and are constantly working to enable each student to flourish and achieve their potential and overcome any barriers they may have.”

Mrs. Ray added, “I am delighted that our outstanding English team has won this national award, this is testament to all the hard work they do in the Academy and we are all incredibly proud of them.”

Rod Bristow, President of Core Markets at Pearson, said: “The Pearson Teaching Awards champion exceptional teaching across the UK. 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 recognize inspirational teaching and the heroic efforts of all teachers to help improve the life chances of the next generation.”