Future First attends the Pearson Teaching Awards silver winners tea

Charlotte Austin, Alumni Programme Officer, shares her experience of the Pearson Teaching Awards silver winners tea.

On Thursday 11th July, I had the pleasure of attending The Pearson Teaching Awards silver winners tea at The House of Commons with our Director of Programmes, Beth Goddard.

The event was held in aid of the 74 magnificent teachers who had beaten the odds of being nominated for an award to celebrate them for their contributions to education.

Future First sponsors the School of the Year – Making a Difference category which has eight nominees this year, among them two Colleges, an Academy and five Primary Schools:

The Award for Primary School of the Year
Kentmere Academy and Nursery, Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Westleigh Methodist Primary School, Leigh, Lancashire
Delph Side Community Primary School, Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Flakefleet Primary School, Fleetwood, Lancashire
St John’s Primary School, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

The Award for Secondary School of the Year
Carlton Bolling College, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Wirral, Merseyside
Stockport Academy, Stockport, Cheshire

Despite the size of the event, there remained an intimate feel on the terrace, perhaps due to the common passion for education shared by all those in attendance.

Beyond hearing from MPs and the wonderful canapés, a highlight for me was getting to speak with teaching staff who, so often, are not recognised for the incredible work they do on the ground; particularly in an era where the role of a teacher is increasingly expanding to include more duties than ever before.

One particular member of staff who I had the pleasure of speaking to had taught at her Primary School for 30 years. She welled up as she described the joy she felt as her pupils congratulated her for her nomination. This response alone was enough to remind me why events like these and smaller scale celebrations of teachers are so important and should be prioritised. The individuals who spend the most time with the people of tomorrow should have their efforts and successes celebrated and I am proud that Future First is helping support an initiative that does just that.

Lookout for the televised announcement of winners in October – we can’t wait to find out which of these amazing schools will win the gold award.