'Inspirational' teacher honoured with prestigious award - The Stratford Observer
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18th Aug, 2022

'Inspirational' teacher honoured with prestigious award

A BIOLOGY teacher at Southam College has been named as one of 80 Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Award winners across the country.

Susan Sharpe has been honoured with a Silver Award in the The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School for her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children she works with every day.

As a Silver Award winner, Susan has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards later in the year.

Recognition of this once in a lifetime achievements will be broadcast on the BBC’s The One Show as part of a week-long celebration of teaching, which sees famous faces honour award winners every night in the run up to the ceremony.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities.

Susan said: “I am totally shocked but hugely honoured to receive this award. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the most genuine and wonderful students as well as a network of superb colleagues who provide daily inspiration, humour, and support in everything that we do.

“I am extremely proud to be part of the teaching profession as well as the fantastic team at Southam College. After 21 years I still think that teaching is the best job in the world and wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

This year marks its 23rd year of celebrating school teaching staff across the UK.

Sharon Hague, managing director of Schools at Pearson UK, said: “Congratulations to the Silver Award winners on their incredible achievement, they should all feel very proud of themselves.

“And thank you to all the incredible educators and support staff across this country who really do make our schools and colleges so special. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate all that you do for the young people in your care.”

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