The Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of teaching and learning and provides a unique opportunity for everyone to say a special ‘Thank You’ to the inspirational and dedicated people working in our schools. Since 1998 The Teaching Awards have been celebrating outstanding teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, governors, schools teams and sustainable schools.
The award categories and winners at the Northern finals this year were as follows:
- The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year was won by Kelly Steeples from Southdale CE Junior School. Our colleague Carey Norton from Farnley Park Maths and Computing College received a distinction in this category.
- The National College Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School was won byDora Plant from Ashbrow Infant and Nursery School.
- The National College Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School was won by Royston Halford from Hawkley Hall High School.
- The DfE Award for Enterprise was won by Joanne Martin from Highfurlong School.
- The Becta Award for Next Generation Learning was won by Matthew Boot from Grappenhall Heys Primary School.
- The TDA Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year was won by Tania Jones from The Heath Specialist Technology College and Leadership Partnership School. Our colleague Debra Kelleher from St Theresa's Catholic Primary School received a distinction in this category.
- The Royal Air Force Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School was won by Elizabeth Taylor from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.
- The Royal Air Force Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School was won by Mary Firth from Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College.
- The DCSF Award for Sustainable Schools was won by the Macmillan Academy.
- The Award for Outstanding School Team of the Year was won by the Performing Arts Faculty at Maghull High School.
There was also a special award at the finals. The GTC Carol Adams Memorial Award for Excellence in Professional Development, Equalities and Diversity was presented to Carey Norton from Farnley Park Maths and Computing College. This is a fantastic achievement and brilliant news for Carey, her school and for Leeds!
The national awards ceremony is on 31 October and will be hosted by BBC presenters and will be shown on BBC2.