16th June 2017
On ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ (16th June 2017) congratulations go to Rianne Hughes, a tutor of Business, Hospitality and Travel & Tourism at York College, for winning a prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Award in the category FE Lecturer of the Year.
Rianne was chosen from thousands of nominations to be one of 56 winners across England, Ireland and Wales. The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, created to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.
Rianne will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Pearson Teaching Awards; a glittering ceremony held in central London on 22nd October. There, they will find out which of them has won one of just 11 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. This ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron & Tony Blair, acting legends Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West and sports and TV personalities including Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.
Newly appointed President of the Pearson Teaching Awards, the award winning children’s novelist, Michael Morpurgo says: “Becoming an inspirational teacher is a serious, admirable commitment. And memorable, outstanding teaching should be celebrated by educators, pupils, parents and throughout society. With these awards we’re taking the time to recognise the remarkable, often unappreciated efforts of fantastic teachers up and down the country.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: ‘It's an honour for us to support the Teaching Awards each year. Great teaching can have a huge 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 for improving the life chances of the next generation. All those receiving a silver trophy today should feel extremely proud of their achievement and I Iook forward to meeting them at the final ceremony later this year. "