2016 Pearson Teaching Award Winners announced

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2016 Pearson Teaching Award Winners announced


Anna Turrell of Parkside Community School in Chesterfield has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category,

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016!


Selected from thousands of nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2016, Anna’s is one of just 55 celebrations which will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day, 17 June 2016, when prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards are 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.

Anna will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on 23rd October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award. Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock. The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: ‘It’s an honour for us to support the Teaching Awards each year. Research shows that great teaching has the biggest impact on a child’s education so it’s vital for us to recognise and celebrate Inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation. All those receiving a silver trophy today should feel extremely proud of their achievement”. 


Mrs Grewal-Joy commented 'The whole school community are incredibly proud of Anna’s achievements and the impact she has had at Parkside Community School.  This is another validation of the schools’ work, in a year where we were recognised as the most improved school in Derbyshire celebrating outstanding GCSE successes.  We continue to grow in strength building on the successes of last year to benefit the community we serve.'   

Anna is described by her team as “a phenomenal manager who inspires and supports us. She always goes the extra mile for any member of staff, student or parent.  She suggests small and manageable changes to teaching practice, which make huge differences to teaching and learning.”  Anna is persistent in her determination not to leave any student behind.  Where students are struggling to engage in the learning process she will explore all avenues to find ways to hook them in.  She has a powerful emotional impact on her students.  They walk out of their lessons feeling that they can do things that they weren’t able to do before, can read better, can write better, think better, learn better.  Her ability to build students’ confidence, how to structure learning, assess skills and understanding precisely has had a remarkable impact on student progress in English at Parkside Community School.