2016 Britain's Classroom Heroes


2016

Hugh Dennis hosts a celebration of the nation's top teaching talent, with awards handed out by stars of stage, screen, music and sport. With music from a surprise guest.


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BELL RINGS

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She's devoted her entire life

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to improving the life chances of the young people in her care.

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He's my tutor but he's also probably the best friend I ever had.

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He pushes the limits on everything he does.

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She's the best teacher in the world

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and there's no other teacher that can replace her.

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I think he's just a great man.

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I really owe him a lot for what he's done.

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She's a teacher which I think all of us would like to teach our children.

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-COMPUTERISED VOICE:

-Thank you for teaching me how to write

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and for making our lessons informative and such good fun.

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-ANNOUNCER:

-From Guildhall in the City of London,

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join us to discover Britain's Classroom Heroes 2016.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your host for the evening,

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Hugh Dennis.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you and welcome to Britain's Classroom Heroes

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in a very salubrious staffroom, Guildhall in the City of London.

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I'm Hugh Dennis and tonight we'll discover who's won

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the coveted 2016 Teaching Awards, supported by Pearson UK.

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But, more importantly, we'll find out

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what makes the nation's best teachers tick.

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We'll be handing out these, the famous gold Plato -

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see me afterwards if you don't know who Plato is.

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Dishing out the awards, we have a series of former unruly pupils

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who've since found fame.

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And, on tonight's timetable,

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we have drama with Alison Steadman and Nina Sosanya.

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CHEERING

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PE with Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover.

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CHEERING

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English with one of Britain's finest actors, Timothy West.

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CHEERING

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And dance classes with Strictly's Brendan Cole.

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CHEERING

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Now, to quote Plato, wise men talk because they have something to say,

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fools because they have to say something.

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So, in the interest of self-respect,

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have a fabulous evening and let's crack on.

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So our first award this evening

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is for Headteacher Of The Year in a Secondary School,

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a tough role by any standards.

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To present this, the W1A and Last Tango In Halifax actress

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who had her big TV break in the series Teachers.

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Never one to shy away from a challenging role herself,

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she's just finished appearing in a trilogy of Chekhov

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at the National Theatre.

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Would you please welcome Nina Sosanya?

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So, Nina, what have you learned about teachers

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by playing them on screen, do you think?

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I think I've learned that being an actress is a lot easier

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than being a teacher.

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When we did Teachers, of course,

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all of our pupils had scripts to follow,

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so our job was way easier.

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And how important were your own teachers

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in setting you on your own particular career path?

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My teachers at school,

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it was the ones that did the extracurricular things for me,

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so drama club, clearly,

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and also Mr Dawkins particularly, who was our music teacher,

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who took school band,

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which was sort of full of... At the time, we felt unpopulars,

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but, actually, I think we were probably

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the coolest kids in the school.

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It was all about working as a team, working towards performance,

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and I think that really sort of set me on that path.

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Mr Dawkins is such a teacher-y name.

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Isn't it? Mr D.

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I'm almost certain it's made up.

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Anyway... LAUGHTER

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So, Nina, can you tell us who has won please?

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I am honoured to present the award

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for Headteacher Of The Year in a Secondary School

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and the winner, from the Radclyffe School in Oldham,

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is Hardial Hayer.

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CHEERING

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'This is Five Live.

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'Our reporter Judy Hobson has been to the school.

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'Hi, Judy.'

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'Yes, the Radclyffe School has been nominated for a national award

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'for this new approach.'

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Hi, good morning, everybody. Welcome to Friday feeling.

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You are an outstanding team.

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We've had a fantastic year

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and three years running you have delivered the best ever results

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in the history of our school.

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Let's have a lovely day. Go out there and weave your magic.

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Good morning, girls. You all right? How are you doing?

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Lovely.

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When I initially was choosing a school for my daughter,

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I was devastated at the fact she had to come to this school.

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Over the years I've seen him transform this school

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into the current outstanding school that it is now.

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We'll be walking down in the morning

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and he'll say "hi" every morning to you.

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He's always, like, proper motivating.

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-BELL RINGS

-That's the bell,

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so go and enjoy. Have a lovely day, all right?

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All right, let's go in, lads, now. Time for learning.

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I remember when I first came here

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and the local newspaper came to interview me,

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because I was quite a young person then.

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You wouldn't notice it from my grey hairs now.

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And it says, "The young head to inspire."

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That's what I wanted to do, raise their expectations.

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-Morning, lads.

-Hi, sir.

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Welcome.

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When I was in school, it wasn't like this big fancy building you see,

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it was a lot older, the buildings were run down.

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Some of the...

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We had Portakabins instead of classrooms.

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It's a massive difference.

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I feel like I've watched it grow and evolve

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from not such an amazing school

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to one of the best in this whole area.

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Just changing that culture of kids wanting to do well,

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raising the aspirations.

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It's like being, like, turning around the tanker

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to establish that love of learning.

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You only have to look at our students

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to see the journey we've made,

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and look at where they're going -

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that we are getting students

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that are going to Oxbridge.

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That is fantastic.

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These are our five respects.

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The students had an input into these five respects.

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They are part of our DNA now

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and that has helped transform the learning culture in here,

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so we've got this attitude that you can be whatever you want to be

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and the sky's the limit here.

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And the Book Of Excellence, which is down,

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right in the centre of our atrium,

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is part of those aspirations.

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The Book Of Excellence is to recognise the achievements

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of our students.

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Every week we get staff to nominate whoever they want.

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Then, on Wednesday, those students come here for lunch.

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Welcome, have a seat.

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Welcome, everybody.

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'We talk to them about their careers,'

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their aspirations, their ambitions,

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and really give them a big round of applause.

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Basically, I'm your waiter for lunch.

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That's what I do at lunchtime!

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-I'm going to bring these around.

-He's really easy to talk to.

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It's not like he's just another headteacher

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that sits in his office all day.

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Do start. You've all got a drink.

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I've got my fruit salad.

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You always feel like it's a privilege

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because you actually get to talk to him,

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to, like, the big boss.

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A lot of our children, not all of them,

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come to us starting from behind the line.

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And our job, as professionals, is to try and ensure,

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after five years they are with us,

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they end up well beyond the line.

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If education can make that difference to their lives,

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for me, there's no better job.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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our Head Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School,

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Hardial Hayer!

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Well done.

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Well done.

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So, Hardial, you reward the star pupils by having lunch with them.

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Please tell me that the other pupils also get lunch!

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They do, but not in my office every day.

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And you talked there about your mentoring scheme.

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How does that work?

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Really, what we've developed is that every member of staff

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has a responsibility for looking after our students

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and mentoring them,

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and what it does is it gives every single member of staff

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a stake in the success of our school.

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It's about making a big school into a small one,

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and creating small families all around our school.

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Well, it obviously works and you have this beyond outstanding rating.

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How difficult is it to maintain that?

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Well, that's our challenge.

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We want to go beyond outstanding

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by relentless pursuit of personal excellence for every single child.

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It's not about what we've done,

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it's what we want to do with the children

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who are there for the future.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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our Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School,

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Hardial Hayer!

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And thank you very much to Nina Sosanya.

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The next Plato is for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

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The winner of this award is a whiz at teaching maths.

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Where were you when I needed you?

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She is usually the first one in and the last one out at her school,

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and she channels her boundless energy into numerous activities,

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most famously her fun-fuelled dance class.

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So who better to surprise her than a Strictly favourite Brendan Cole?

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APPLAUSE

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Now I know what not to do.

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I'm here Uxendon Manor Primary School

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to surprise this year's winner

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of Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

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She's down in the hall doing one of her many clubs right now.

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We are going to pop downstairs and surprise her.

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Whilst we do that, take a look at why she's won.

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Good morning, everybody.

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I'd like to start off with our Uxendon song.

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KIDS: Yes!

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Can you sing really loudly?

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Yes!

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Our school is Uxendon Manor Primary School

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and we have about 550 children

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enrolled at the moment.

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Miss Vekaria has been here for six years

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and four years ago she became our deputy headteacher.

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# Uxendon Manor

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# Uxendon Manor here in my heart... #

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She's vibrant, she's hard-working,

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she really is an inspiration to everyone in the school community.

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# Uxendon! #

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My school day starts between 7 and 7:30,

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and finishes 7, 7:30.

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She's often the last person to lock up the school,

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even after the caretaker and everybody else is gone.

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I do put in extra hours,

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but I feel passionate about my job

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and I don't like doing things half-heartedly.

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I believe that children should enjoy learning,

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it's important that they love it,

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and the only way you love something is if it's fun and you enjoy it.

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She would always do something new

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and something that we wouldn't have learned.

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Or if we have learned it already,

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she would do it in a fun way so we could memorise it easier.

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What does that mean?

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Most children will take GCSEs at 16 -

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some of our children will take them at 11 -

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and it's just the commitment of particularly Miss Vekaria

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to really push those children as far as they can possibly go.

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She is very encouraging and she said,

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"If you don't pass, it is OK, but you tried."

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For the past three years,

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we have entered some of our children for GCSE maths

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and they've all passed with 100%.

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When children do it one year early, it's a massive achievement,

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but five years early is incredible.

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I always get a bit worried that she doesn't eat anything for lunch,

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but she does zoom around. She's in the lunch hall,

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supervising children.

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She will be talking to teachers, she'll be doing all sorts of things.

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She organises all the after-school activities

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and she'll be, throughout the year, running different clubs.

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I've just organised a few after-school clubs.

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-Choir.

-Chess. Gymnastics.

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-ICT club.

-Drama.

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Literacy booster sessions.

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We have had her in high heels teaching football

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on the muddy pitch.

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Recently we've just introduced a robotics coding club as well.

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She's like a Pied Piper

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because, whatever club she does,

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you will see that all the children want to do it

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and they follow her.

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Sing it!

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'I enjoy dancing

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'and it's nice to be able to have a lunchtime dance club,

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'just to put a bit of music on

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'and to have a bit of fun with the children.'

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We were changing rooms around because of our expansion

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and Jashu had an idea for a new library.

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And she said, "Right, Mr Parry,

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"we are going to have artificial grass on the floor.

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"We are going to make it look like a woodland, like a forest."

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I thought, "How do I get that across?

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"That you can open a book and be transported."

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If we can visually do that for them,

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then they will be inspired to visit the library

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and get a book to start reading.

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She has made such a huge impact in our school

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and some of the work that she has done has just been incredible.

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She's the best teacher in the world

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and there is no other teacher that can replace her.

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She's a teacher which I think all of us would like to teach our children.

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Mrs Vekaria is just behind this door.

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Let's go and say hello.

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Hello?

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Sorry to interrupt. Is this a dance class?

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-KIDS: No!

-Is it not?

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-No!

-I may have come to the wrong place.

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Unless...is Mrs Vekaria here?

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Where as she? Is that her over there?

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Mrs Vekaria? Hello, my name is Brendan Cole.

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I know who you are!

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Kids, I believe that Mrs Vekaria is a pretty good teacher.

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-Is that right?

-Yes!

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Mrs Vekaria, I am here to tell you

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that you are Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

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Silver award.

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Gold award!

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CHEERING

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Of all the people to give it!

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One last thing.

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JASHU LAUGHS

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Everybody!

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Come on, get up!

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I don't know. I just can't believe this is happening to me.

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Do you know? I am such a Strictly fan.

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I was dancing with Brendan Cole!

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It's absolutely amazing.

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CHEERING

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Ladies and gentlemen, the winner

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of Teacher of the Year in a Primary School,

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from Uxendon Manor Primary in Harrow, is Jashu Vekaria.

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CHEERING

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Our next award this evening

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is for Further Education Lecturer or Team of the Year.

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Further education is a term

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that covers a wide range of subjects and ages,

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and it particularly involves vocational training

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for people looking to do a proper job,

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so not this one, obviously.

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To present this award,

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an actor who has championed his school motto,

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"Perseverance wins", for over 50 years,

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and has set up his own foundation to pass on that message

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to disadvantaged youngsters.

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For most of us, he is best-known

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as EastEnders favourite Patrick Trueman,

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where he has been an Albert Square resident for 15 years.

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Would you please welcome Rudolph Walker?

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So, Rudolph, what inspired you to set up your own foundation?

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I have been working in schools

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since I did a famous television series back in the '70s

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called Love Thy Neighbour.

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And, about five years ago, five or six years ago,

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I was approached to go back to the schools and try and do something.

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So I set up the foundation,

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and here we are, five years on, going from strength to strength.

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And how much do you think that motto, "Perseverance wins" -

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is that very important in your life?

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It is very important, it is something that I adopted,

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that I had in my school, "Perseverance wins",

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and it is something that I use every day.

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It's something that I try to instil in the youngsters.

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In fact, a message to all the teachers,

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because I work in schools not in the capacity that you do,

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that you all do a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic job.

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I can't sing your praise much higher.

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Well, you probably can't... APPLAUSE

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Anyway, over to you. Who has won?

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Right, um...

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And the winner, from Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest, is...

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Mr Michael Butcher.

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Keep it straight. Change.

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That's better. Well done.

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Mike is a tremendous horse person, his abilities are second to none.

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He is well-known as a trainer for the Paralympics,

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and he's said himself he's come back to teach

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because he valued his education so much

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he wanted to pass that knowledge on, and that experience on to others.

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I work with disabled riders and able-bodied riders.

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Horse riding opens up a new world

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and that's why I went down the route

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of working with riders with disabilities,

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just to give them more opportunities in life.

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I could have the worst possible day, I come here,

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I see Mike or I see a horse,

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and my mood is like...

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total different person.

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Good lad.

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Good position.

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Nice and controlled.

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Steady, steady.

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I can go around here, if my Tourette's gets a bit bad,

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Mike'll look at me, and I know that with his eyes he's saying,

0:19:240:19:28

"Chill, calm down, everything's fine."

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It's, like, massively therapeutic mentally, physically, emotionally.

0:19:310:19:35

These riders haven't got much control

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over access in life, walking, sitting up, running,

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but, on horseback, they are in control of a half-a-tonne animal

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and that gives them a great sense of achievement.

0:19:470:19:49

Go on, mate, pick up the reins all by yourself.

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Look at those legs working now!

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Wonderful.

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Every minute they are using 1,000 involuntary muscle movements

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without realising the benefits.

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It relaxes the muscle tone,

0:20:010:20:03

the warmth through the horse,

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and the confidence the horse gives them.

0:20:050:20:07

Once they start walking after riding,

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you'll see that they have almost got a normal gait to their walk,

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where before they wouldn't have been able to walk so easily.

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Enjoy that? Yes?

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Julie's done a lot of the courses over the years.

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They do part coursework and part riding,

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and she's got so many certificates.

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Yes, piles of them!

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And the groups that come on a Monday,

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there's five from your centre, isn't there?

0:20:410:20:43

And they...do a lot of talking.

0:20:430:20:46

But they have great fun.

0:20:490:20:50

Let's see what parts of the saddle we can remember.

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-Pommel.

-Pommel, good.

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There wasn't any cheating there, was there?

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-Numnah.

-Numnah.

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-Stirrup.

-Stirrup.

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Her disabilities are so profound that she does need 24-hour care.

0:21:080:21:13

When it comes to this day that she comes every week,

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something she can do without her parents,

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so she's very independent

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the days that she comes here.

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He's just such a great man.

0:21:230:21:25

He comes in, big smile on his face, talking to us,

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and he's just interesting and lovely and kind and caring.

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Students inspire me.

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If they've made the effort to get up every morning to come to college,

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having somebody help them dress

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because somebody they can't dress themselves,

0:21:420:21:44

having somebody help them feed because they can't feed themselves,

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that gives me great motivation every day,

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that if they've tried their best to get to college

0:21:490:21:53

through all those barriers before they even get to me,

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I make sure that I give them the best.

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-COMPUTERISED VOICE:

-Thank you, Mike, for teaching me how to ride

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and for making our lessons informative and such good fun.

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-Headpiece.

-Headpiece.

0:22:030:22:04

'Mike's my tutor,

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he's my trainer, he's my coach,'

0:22:060:22:09

but he's also probably the best friend I've ever had.

0:22:090:22:12

I just can't forget about Mike and I just want him to go for gold.

0:22:120:22:17

-Yeah, let's give Mike the gold!

-Yeah.

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APPLAUSE

0:22:200:22:23

Ladies and gentlemen, our Further Education Lecturer of the Year,

0:22:230:22:27

Michael Butcher.

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CHEERING

0:22:280:22:30

So, Mike, when did you first realise

0:22:460:22:48

that horse-riding would be beneficial for disabled students?

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I was lucky enough to ride horses at a very young age,

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coming from a mining village in South Wales,

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not many opportunities at the time,

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and that opened up so many different opportunities

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for me to go on and eventually work with horses,

0:23:050:23:09

and then to coach riders,

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so I knew what I got out of it, so I wanted to pass that on

0:23:120:23:15

to my students.

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How far can your students go, do you think?

0:23:170:23:19

I mean, is there an opportunity at Paralympic level for show-jumping?

0:23:190:23:22

Well, I've started grassroots level show-jumping

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with the Riding For The Disabled Association,

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delivering show-jumping from grassroots up to Para level,

0:23:280:23:32

so that's something I'm very proud of.

0:23:320:23:33

Well, let's hope they get to the next Paralympic Games.

0:23:330:23:37

Ladies and gentlemen, our Further Education Lecturer of the Year,

0:23:370:23:40

Mike Butcher.

0:23:400:23:42

And thank you very much to Rudolph Walker.

0:23:420:23:44

Now, it's time for the award for Outstanding School Team of the Year -

0:23:480:23:51

that's a group of teachers who have come together

0:23:510:23:53

to deliver something really special -

0:23:530:23:56

and here to present the award

0:23:560:23:57

is a lady who's part of the team who wake you up in the morning,

0:23:570:24:00

and has most recently has been keeping us entertained

0:24:000:24:03

with her moves and various wigs on Saturday night.

0:24:030:24:06

Please welcome Naga Munchetty.

0:24:060:24:08

Nice to see you.

0:24:150:24:17

So, we've seen you in the newsroom and in the ballroom.

0:24:170:24:20

What were you like in the classroom?

0:24:200:24:22

I was a real boffin.

0:24:220:24:24

I loved school, absolutely loved school.

0:24:240:24:27

I used to wake up and be really happy to go to school,

0:24:270:24:29

just as I am now about going to work.

0:24:290:24:31

Your teachers were obviously inspirational.

0:24:310:24:33

-Yes.

-But one of your teachers was a life-saver as well?

0:24:330:24:36

Mr Woolley. Mr Woolley.

0:24:360:24:38

So, at the age of ten, we went to this visit to Corfe Castle

0:24:380:24:43

and Mr Woolley told the whole class, "Do not run down the hill.

0:24:430:24:47

"If you run down the hill, there is a cliff edge.

0:24:470:24:49

"Don't run down the hill."

0:24:490:24:50

No-one tells me what to do!

0:24:500:24:52

So I ran down the hill.

0:24:520:24:54

The next thing I remember,

0:24:540:24:55

I was running down the hill and I couldn't stop,

0:24:550:24:57

I genuinely couldn't stop.

0:24:570:24:59

The next thing I knew, Mr Woolley came racing past me

0:24:590:25:02

in his little jumper and tie.

0:25:020:25:04

That's why he was called Mr Woolley, presumably?

0:25:040:25:06

-LAUGHTER

-He looked like a Mr Woolley.

0:25:060:25:09

And he ran past me, picked me up, swung me round,

0:25:090:25:11

so the next thing I was doing was running up the hill

0:25:110:25:13

and then falling over.

0:25:130:25:15

He gave me a right old rollicking, but he saved my life.

0:25:150:25:17

But he also managed to stop himself, which was quite impressive.

0:25:170:25:20

Yes, he was a tough man.

0:25:200:25:22

So, can you tell us who's won?

0:25:220:25:24

I can indeed.

0:25:240:25:26

Absolutely delighted to be here tonight

0:25:260:25:28

and to present the award to the Outstanding School Team of the Year.

0:25:280:25:33

The winning team is...

0:25:330:25:34

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Department

0:25:360:25:39

of Sandringham School in St Albans.

0:25:390:25:41

CHEERING

0:25:410:25:43

Sandringham is a mixed comprehensive School in St Albans.

0:25:520:25:56

We've recognised for a number of years

0:25:560:25:58

that there's been an issue with girls,

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perhaps, not wanting to take STEM subjects.

0:26:000:26:04

A couple of years ago, we decided to do something about it.

0:26:040:26:07

We put together a STEM team and, basically, racked our brains

0:26:100:26:13

to see what more we could do to encourage young people

0:26:130:26:16

into science, technology, engineering and maths.

0:26:160:26:21

The big way that we did this

0:26:210:26:22

was our Space Week,

0:26:220:26:23

which was a theme week where all faculties and subjects

0:26:230:26:25

were involved with developing lessons

0:26:250:26:27

to do with the topic of space.

0:26:270:26:29

Lift off.

0:26:320:26:34

Chemistry, in particular, were looking at rocket propulsion

0:26:340:26:37

and setting fire to methane to see how that worked.

0:26:370:26:39

KIDS: Whoa!

0:26:390:26:42

In art, as well, the students were able to paint and draw, and sculpt.

0:26:420:26:46

They built a sculpture of the ISS during that week.

0:26:460:26:49

Early on we identified the opportunity

0:26:500:26:53

to speak to Tim Peake aboard the ISS.

0:26:530:26:55

This was going to be via amateur radio.

0:26:550:26:58

And our students took on the opportunity

0:27:010:27:04

to be station controllers, to ask the questions and so on.

0:27:040:27:07

CQ, CQ, CQ, 20 metres from M-0-S-E-Y.

0:27:070:27:12

In order to achieve contact,

0:27:120:27:14

three of our students needed to undertake

0:27:140:27:16

the amateur radio licence.

0:27:160:27:18

This is M-0-S-E-Y.

0:27:180:27:20

The three were successful and became the youngest people in the country

0:27:200:27:23

to hold the licence.

0:27:230:27:25

It was nerve-racking and we were really worried

0:27:290:27:33

that potentially we'd set all this up, we had media,

0:27:330:27:36

we had hundreds of students waiting in anticipation,

0:27:360:27:39

and we just had that moment where we thought, "This might not happen."

0:27:390:27:44

Sierra, alpha, November calling and standing by

0:27:440:27:47

for a scheduled contact with the International Space Station, over.

0:27:470:27:52

'Hello, golf, bravo, one, zero...'

0:27:550:27:58

Finally, Jessica managed to make contact.

0:27:580:28:01

Over 18 million people watched it.

0:28:010:28:03

The school was buzzing.

0:28:030:28:05

Are you ready for your first question? Over.

0:28:050:28:08

The whole country was buzzing off it, which is such an achievement.

0:28:080:28:11

Talking to Tim Peake was surreal.

0:28:110:28:13

It was an amazing experience and it was only really on the day

0:28:130:28:16

that I realised just how big an event it was.

0:28:160:28:19

I still work with the radio team now.

0:28:190:28:21

We've had a few more newcomers.

0:28:210:28:24

It's all down to the STEM team, really,

0:28:240:28:26

the interest in radio and STEM subjects.

0:28:260:28:28

This is one of the great privileges of being a teacher -

0:28:280:28:30

that small moment in time can be the difference between

0:28:300:28:33

choosing one career path and choosing another path.

0:28:330:28:36

We've really raised the profile of STEM.

0:28:440:28:46

We've really enthused a love

0:28:460:28:47

for science, technology, engineering and maths,

0:28:470:28:50

and I think the students will take that on for life now.

0:28:500:28:53

How many rockets do we have to launch ready?

0:28:530:28:57

Certainly, the young people that we work with,

0:29:000:29:03

and particularly the girls who were underrepresented

0:29:030:29:05

in science and technology and maths previously,

0:29:050:29:07

are hitting new heights.

0:29:070:29:09

In the future, I hope to get an apprenticeship in a lab.

0:29:130:29:16

It is definitely down to the STEM team that my interest in science

0:29:160:29:19

has been increased

0:29:190:29:20

because they have opened my eyes to so many different opportunities

0:29:200:29:24

and different areas in science.

0:29:240:29:26

That makes us proud,

0:29:260:29:27

that these students may not have considered this

0:29:270:29:29

as a career choice in the past,

0:29:290:29:30

but through the actions of Space Week

0:29:300:29:32

they've really considered that they can do it,

0:29:320:29:34

can be successful, and guess what? It's fun.

0:29:340:29:37

ALL: Three, two, one!

0:29:400:29:43

'Engine at maximum thrust, lift-off.'

0:29:460:29:49

Ladies and gentlemen, our Outstanding School Team of the Year,

0:29:510:29:54

the STEM team from Sandringham School in St Albans.

0:29:540:29:57

Are you taking this?

0:29:590:30:01

Congratulations. Well done.

0:30:020:30:05

Well done.

0:30:050:30:06

So, one of you is Alan.

0:30:060:30:08

-I'm Alan.

-Space Week was last year, when Tim Peake was up in space,

0:30:080:30:13

so what happens next year to keep the kids interested

0:30:130:30:17

in science and technology?

0:30:170:30:19

Well, we have actually got one of the other members of staff

0:30:190:30:21

in the audience and he's managed to get us

0:30:210:30:23

one of these large weather balloons,

0:30:230:30:25

so we're sending that up into the stratosphere

0:30:250:30:27

with a load of data and stuff.

0:30:270:30:29

Are you going to maybe put an unruly child in there?

0:30:290:30:31

I've got one in mind.

0:30:310:30:33

LAUGHTER

0:30:330:30:35

Maybe a member of staff actually!

0:30:350:30:37

But I would like to thank the team, and there's a load more there.

0:30:370:30:40

It's not a single person that's done this,

0:30:400:30:42

it's a combined effort, and I think that's why it's been recognised.

0:30:420:30:45

Well, well done to all of you.

0:30:450:30:47

Ladies and gentlemen, our Outstanding Team of the Year,

0:30:470:30:50

the STEM team from Sandringham School,

0:30:500:30:53

and thank you to Naga Munchetty.

0:30:530:30:55

Our next Plato is for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

0:31:020:31:06

Now, as well as being a teacher,

0:31:060:31:08

the winner of this award is an entertainer,

0:31:080:31:10

a stage and film director and editor

0:31:100:31:13

who has discovered talent in children who've quite often

0:31:130:31:16

been written off by others.

0:31:160:31:17

So, to surprise him, we needed someone

0:31:170:31:20

with suitable theatrical gravitas,

0:31:200:31:23

actor Timothy West.

0:31:230:31:26

APPLAUSE

0:31:260:31:29

This is Cricket Green School in south London,

0:31:290:31:33

where they educate children from four to 19 with special needs,

0:31:330:31:37

including autism, behavioural difficulties and Down's syndrome.

0:31:370:31:42

I'm here to present their head of performing arts

0:31:420:31:45

with this award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

0:31:450:31:49

He's a remarkable man,

0:31:490:31:51

started his career on cruise ships and on children's television,

0:31:510:31:55

before settling down and bringing his love of theatre into schools.

0:31:550:32:00

So, on the carpet, can you see we've got a not very well drawn circle?

0:32:040:32:10

In the circle...we're going to have our boys.

0:32:100:32:14

'Cricket Green has got a real range of diverse needs,

0:32:140:32:16

'so pupils with Down's syndrome, autism,'

0:32:160:32:18

those with emotional and behavioural difficulties,

0:32:180:32:21

so a real collection of different characters

0:32:210:32:24

all under one roof.

0:32:240:32:25

Let's have all the boys in the circle.

0:32:250:32:29

He's funny, kind,

0:32:290:32:32

and also likes to be making jokes on me!

0:32:320:32:38

I'm constantly amazed by the depth of Richard's commitment,

0:32:380:32:41

the piece about the Somme that he did,

0:32:410:32:43

he pushes the limits on everything he does.

0:32:430:32:45

We got to build a trench out in the middle of the forest

0:32:450:32:49

and perform to members of the public.

0:32:490:32:52

We performed Macbeth but turned it into a modern-day script

0:32:520:32:55

based around Scotland's Got Talent.

0:32:550:32:58

I've been in two World War scenes

0:32:590:33:03

and there was another one at Wimbledon Theatre.

0:33:030:33:08

Now, I think, Brown's doing another play.

0:33:080:33:11

We thought they wouldn't get on the stage

0:33:140:33:17

because they used to turn their backs on people

0:33:170:33:18

when they were scared, but they didn't.

0:33:180:33:20

They went up and absolutely smashed it!

0:33:200:33:22

We could never have even imagined

0:33:250:33:27

Callum being involved in a group like that,

0:33:270:33:30

but Mr Brown has just egged him on.

0:33:300:33:32

I don't know how he does it.

0:33:320:33:34

At the end, they can't believe they've gone up

0:33:350:33:39

in front of all the bright lights and they've done what they've done.

0:33:390:33:43

# Keep the home fires burning

0:33:460:33:50

# Though your heart is yearning

0:33:500:33:54

# When the lights are far away... #

0:33:540:33:58

Luke is a young man who came to our school.

0:33:580:34:01

He's got autism, which obviously makes things...

0:34:010:34:03

makes the world around him difficult to understand at times.

0:34:030:34:06

He'd come out of the mainstream setting

0:34:060:34:08

having been quite badly bullied.

0:34:080:34:10

Easy does it.

0:34:100:34:12

This one day I was waiting for Luke

0:34:120:34:15

and he hadn't come out of the cloakroom,

0:34:150:34:18

so I thought, "That's strange."

0:34:180:34:20

The kids hung him to a clothes peg

0:34:200:34:24

while he's standing on, they've got the long benches,

0:34:240:34:28

so if he put his foot down,

0:34:280:34:31

well, I think Luke would have...

0:34:310:34:35

He might not have died,

0:34:350:34:37

but he would have found himself in a difficult predicament.

0:34:370:34:41

He was very low on confidence

0:34:410:34:43

and his self-esteem was probably rock bottom.

0:34:430:34:46

He's just changed Luke's whole, whole life.

0:34:460:34:51

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:34:510:34:55

He said, "Look, your son is very musical,

0:34:550:34:58

"so that is what we're going to do."

0:34:580:35:01

I really owe him a lot for what he's done.

0:35:010:35:04

I'm still thinking of Mr Brown all the time.

0:35:040:35:07

I can always hear him saying, "You go, Lukester!"

0:35:110:35:15

I never forget that part!

0:35:150:35:16

Luke was going for an audition and seemed a bit nervous,

0:35:180:35:23

and I said to him, "How do you get through it?"

0:35:230:35:26

He said to me, "Mum, I just think of Mr Brown and Cricket Green",

0:35:260:35:32

and that was it. We both started laughing!

0:35:320:35:35

Well... Obviously, hearing what Luke's mum says about that

0:35:370:35:43

is...

0:35:430:35:45

Oh, it's amazing, really, that he can take a part of our school

0:35:450:35:49

and what we've done together...

0:35:490:35:53

that can help him...

0:35:530:35:55

cos that's the idea,

0:35:550:35:57

that we give them things that are long-lasting

0:35:570:35:59

and they can take with them forever.

0:35:590:36:01

If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today.

0:36:010:36:04

I am now in St Mary's University

0:36:040:36:07

doing drama and theatre arts.

0:36:070:36:09

CHEERING

0:36:090:36:11

He helped me, basically, to follow my dream.

0:36:110:36:15

Yeah. He helped me to follow my dream, yeah.

0:36:150:36:18

So that's why he's getting this special award.

0:36:210:36:24

At the moment, Richard is running a drama class next-door,

0:36:240:36:28

but he won't be expecting this.

0:36:280:36:30

So, that's your cue.

0:36:330:36:34

Arms unfolded.

0:36:340:36:36

-Remember, you're a little bird.

-Hello.

0:36:360:36:38

-Hello, sir.

-Sorry to interrupt.

0:36:380:36:40

My name's Timothy West

0:36:400:36:42

and it's my great pleasure today to give Mr Brown

0:36:420:36:47

this year's award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

0:36:470:36:52

There you are.

0:36:520:36:54

-Oh, wow!

-APPLAUSE

0:36:540:36:56

Well done, Mr Brown!

0:36:560:36:58

Thank you!

0:37:000:37:01

Oh, amazing!

0:37:030:37:05

I don't know what to say!

0:37:050:37:07

Thank you very much!

0:37:070:37:08

-Is that real gold?

-It's real gold, yes!

0:37:080:37:11

Yes, I think it is!

0:37:110:37:12

Let's all gather round.

0:37:140:37:16

Three cheers for Mr Brown. Hip-hip...

0:37:160:37:17

ALL: Hurray!

0:37:170:37:20

-Hip-hip...

-Hurray!

0:37:200:37:22

-Hip-hip...

-Hurray!

0:37:220:37:24

Well done.

0:37:240:37:25

CHEERING

0:37:250:37:27

Ladies and gentlemen,

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the winner of the Excellence in Special Needs Education,

0:37:290:37:32

from Cricket Green School in Mitcham, is Richard Brown.

0:37:320:37:36

CHEERING

0:37:360:37:38

So, our next award

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is for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School,

0:37:490:37:52

a role that requires determination and stamina,

0:37:520:37:55

which is why the lady who is here to present the award is a perfect fit.

0:37:550:37:59

She followed her father into teaching

0:37:590:38:01

before becoming an Olympic rower, winning gold in both London and Rio.

0:38:010:38:05

Would you please welcome Helen Glover?

0:38:050:38:08

So, Helen, you trained as a PE teacher

0:38:220:38:24

before becoming an Olympic rower. Which is harder -

0:38:240:38:26

training to become an Olympic champion

0:38:260:38:27

or looking after a classroom full of kids?

0:38:270:38:29

I mean, it's close. Both are pretty intimidating -

0:38:290:38:32

walking into a classroom of children and sitting on a start line.

0:38:320:38:35

I just have so much respect for teachers.

0:38:350:38:37

I think, until I started teaching myself,

0:38:370:38:39

I didn't realise the dedication and the hard work

0:38:390:38:43

that goes into teaching every single day.

0:38:430:38:45

So just a big thanks to the teachers out there

0:38:450:38:48

because you do an incredible job.

0:38:480:38:49

Can you tell us who has won?

0:38:490:38:51

I am delighted to present the award

0:38:540:38:56

for Head Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

0:38:560:38:59

The winner from Tregolls School in Truro

0:38:590:39:02

is Matt Middlemore.

0:39:020:39:04

CHEERING

0:39:040:39:06

Morning, girls.

0:39:140:39:16

Morning, Mum. Morning!

0:39:160:39:18

Come on. See you later, Mum.

0:39:190:39:22

Hello. Welcome to Tregolls School.

0:39:220:39:24

-I'm Rio.

-And I'm Kian.

0:39:240:39:26

And we're going to tell you why Mr Middlemore is so good.

0:39:260:39:28

-Is he?

-Look, it says here!

0:39:280:39:30

It must be true.

0:39:300:39:31

Hello, boys.

0:39:360:39:37

-Hello, sir.

-How did you become a teacher?

0:39:370:39:40

I was in the Army for ten years.

0:39:400:39:42

I was in the Royal Artillery.

0:39:420:39:44

I was in an Arctic warfare unit called 19 5 Battery.

0:39:440:39:47

I left the Army and became a ski teacher

0:39:470:39:50

and, when I was working at a resort in Switzerland,

0:39:500:39:52

the headteacher there invited me to come back

0:39:520:39:54

and work in his school once the snow was all gone.

0:39:540:39:57

And, from there, the rest is history.

0:39:570:39:59

Who's that over there?

0:40:080:40:09

It's Mr Middlemore's boss.

0:40:110:40:12

He looks scary. You go first.

0:40:120:40:14

Hello, boys, what did you want to ask me?

0:40:170:40:18

Does Mr Middlemore do any real work around here?

0:40:180:40:22

Yes, Mr Middlemore does lots of work.

0:40:220:40:23

I think he works in his sleep.

0:40:230:40:25

One person from your team of three...

0:40:250:40:27

Four years ago, the school was in the bottom 15 in the country

0:40:270:40:30

and the school was in special measures.

0:40:300:40:33

28 multiplied by 4.

0:40:330:40:35

And when Mr Middlemore arrived,

0:40:350:40:37

he came in with an idea to turn the school around.

0:40:370:40:39

Work hard. Keep going, Molly!

0:40:390:40:42

And, in 18 months, the inspectors came back

0:40:420:40:44

and they said we were good and on the borderline of outstanding.

0:40:440:40:47

We've gone from being one of the worst performing schools

0:40:470:40:50

in the country to being one of the best performing schools

0:40:500:40:53

and we keep getting bigger and better.

0:40:530:40:55

Stop! Count!

0:40:550:40:56

Heart rate. Good.

0:40:560:40:58

We are living the dream here.

0:40:580:41:00

Multiply by four.

0:41:020:41:03

Time is what's on my watch.

0:41:030:41:05

Is he a bit boring sometimes?

0:41:050:41:07

I don't know how to answer that!

0:41:110:41:13

-Hello, boys.

-Hello, Miss.

0:41:210:41:23

Did you ever tell off Mr Middlemore?

0:41:230:41:25

Yes, I did, when I first met him.

0:41:250:41:27

Everyone had their guard up,

0:41:270:41:28

so we were a bit scared.

0:41:280:41:30

So we told him that, if he didn't fit in

0:41:300:41:32

with what we wanted him to do for this school,

0:41:320:41:34

he could get on the Tamar Bridge and do one.

0:41:340:41:36

Are you and Mr Middlemore best friends now?

0:41:360:41:38

Yes. He's come in, fixed our school

0:41:380:41:41

and done what he said he was going to do.

0:41:410:41:44

Hence, Miss Wright's tattoo -

0:41:440:41:46

"Living the dream."

0:41:460:41:48

Jelly and ice cream, Summer?

0:41:490:41:51

How did Mr Middlemore help the teachers?

0:41:520:41:55

Well, when Mr Middlemore arrived,

0:41:550:41:56

they had low morale and he brought in a life coach

0:41:560:41:58

to help them build confidence.

0:41:580:42:00

I realised if we could get the teachers to function effectively...

0:42:000:42:05

that was just going to impact upon everything else,

0:42:050:42:07

so all we did was focus solely on teaching

0:42:070:42:09

and the impact it has on learning.

0:42:090:42:11

When Ofsted came back in 18 months,

0:42:110:42:12

they said teaching was strong throughout the school.

0:42:120:42:15

Matt supports Troops to Teachers.

0:42:170:42:19

That scheme allowed ex-service men, like myself,

0:42:190:42:22

I left in June of this year,

0:42:220:42:24

to join a two-year programme to become a fully-qualified teacher.

0:42:240:42:29

Good goal. OK.

0:42:290:42:32

Matt has the knack to get everybody just to give that extra 10% more.

0:42:320:42:37

And there's no end to what you can achieve.

0:42:390:42:42

He talks about the best in Truro, Cornwall, the United Kingdom.

0:42:420:42:46

We're looking to the world.

0:42:460:42:47

We're living the dream.

0:42:470:42:49

-BOTH:

-Yeah, living the dream!

0:42:490:42:51

APPLAUSE

0:42:510:42:54

Ladies and gentlemen, our Primary Headteacher of the Year,

0:42:540:42:57

Matt Middlemore!

0:42:570:42:59

Well done.

0:43:080:43:11

So, Matt, do you have a tattoo on your arm saying,

0:43:110:43:14

"I told you it would work"?

0:43:140:43:16

-LAUGHTER

-We're still living the dream.

0:43:160:43:18

Living the dream. Fantastic.

0:43:180:43:20

So, which part of your military training

0:43:200:43:22

do you think has helped you most?

0:43:220:43:24

I spent most of my time helping others in the Balkans, in Kosovo,

0:43:240:43:28

Bosnia and Croatia,

0:43:280:43:30

and what we're doing now in the classroom

0:43:300:43:33

is we're just helping children to be the very, very best.

0:43:330:43:35

And you spoke in the film about the morale of teaching staff

0:43:350:43:40

being at a very low ebb when the school was effectively on the brink.

0:43:400:43:43

What did you do to raise the morale of your teachers?

0:43:430:43:46

This award doesn't just belong to me,

0:43:460:43:48

it belongs to all the teachers, all the TAs,

0:43:480:43:51

all the parents, all the pupils.

0:43:510:43:52

If I could break this up and give it to everybody, I would.

0:43:520:43:54

It belongs to them.

0:43:540:43:56

I just focused on raising their profile,

0:43:570:43:59

making them feel that they are the best,

0:43:590:44:01

and they are the best, and one day we will be the best in the world.

0:44:010:44:04

Well, I hope you carry on living the dream.

0:44:040:44:06

Ladies and gentlemen, Primary Headteacher of the Year,

0:44:060:44:09

Matt Middlemore.

0:44:090:44:11

Thank you, Helen Glover.

0:44:110:44:12

So, now to our final award of the night - for Lifetime Achievement.

0:44:170:44:22

To present this one, one of our most talented and versatile actresses.

0:44:220:44:26

On screen she found fame in Abigail's Party

0:44:260:44:29

and on stage she picked up an Olivier Award

0:44:290:44:32

for The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice.

0:44:320:44:34

In her glittering career,

0:44:340:44:36

she more recently became a firm favourite in Gavin And Stacey

0:44:360:44:39

and can currently be seen giving us an insight

0:44:390:44:41

into some of the more secluded spots around the UK

0:44:410:44:44

in her series Little British Isles.

0:44:440:44:47

Would you please welcome Alison Steadman?

0:44:470:44:50

APPLAUSE

0:44:500:44:53

So we've been celebrating the country's best teachers tonight

0:44:590:45:03

and you had a very special drama teacher, I think.

0:45:030:45:07

I did. She was called Mildred Spencer,

0:45:070:45:10

and I was in youth theatre,

0:45:100:45:12

and she was an absolute inspiration.

0:45:120:45:14

She was fun, she was full of energy.

0:45:140:45:17

She gave you the feeling that you can do anything,

0:45:170:45:21

you can be anybody, and she was wonderful.

0:45:210:45:24

I lost touch with her over the years, the way one does,

0:45:240:45:28

and then I went to film on the Isle of Man.

0:45:280:45:32

I was in my hotel one day and a card appeared from Mildred,

0:45:320:45:36

and she invited me around for a meal.

0:45:360:45:38

I went round to see her and it was an absolute joy.

0:45:380:45:42

We shared a bottle of wine,

0:45:420:45:43

we reminisced and we just became friends.

0:45:430:45:46

She was an absolute inspiration.

0:45:460:45:49

Because you had such a special teacher,

0:45:490:45:50

do you appreciate the very special role that teachers fulfil?

0:45:500:45:55

Oh, absolutely, because so many kids,

0:45:550:45:58

they have talent, they have potential,

0:45:580:46:01

but they haven't got the ability to actually harness that talent,

0:46:010:46:04

to do something with it.

0:46:040:46:06

You've got to have someone like that who's going to say,

0:46:060:46:08

"Yes, you can do it. Come on, you can do it",

0:46:080:46:12

and actually, you know, provide that get-up-and-go thing.

0:46:120:46:15

Well, now, you'll be glad to know you can do it,

0:46:150:46:17

you can tell us who has won the award.

0:46:170:46:21

With my pleasure.

0:46:210:46:22

So, it's my privilege to present the award for Lifetime Achievement.

0:46:250:46:31

The winner from Paignton Community and Sports Academy

0:46:310:46:36

is Jane English!

0:46:360:46:38

I was born in Paignton

0:46:570:46:59

and I came here in 1982

0:46:590:47:01

as a teacher of physical education,

0:47:010:47:03

and I've been here ever since.

0:47:030:47:05

How many of you could give me a word that sums up friendship?

0:47:050:47:09

Brilliant.

0:47:120:47:13

'I became head here in 1998'

0:47:130:47:16

and one of the things that I needed to do very quickly

0:47:160:47:19

was to raise pupil aspirations.

0:47:190:47:21

In 2002, we became a sports college.

0:47:230:47:28

I felt sport had something for everyone...

0:47:280:47:31

Well-played.

0:47:310:47:32

..and it's absolutely flourished from that time.

0:47:320:47:36

We've opened up community sports facilities

0:47:360:47:38

and we now have 2,000

0:47:380:47:40

community users per week.

0:47:400:47:42

On a Friday evening,

0:47:420:47:43

we have something called social inclusion football,

0:47:430:47:46

which encourages young people to come along and play football,

0:47:460:47:49

be part of a team, and that has had an impact within Torbay

0:47:490:47:54

in terms of reducing the crime that was taking place

0:47:540:47:56

on a Friday evening.

0:47:560:47:58

Jane has been the longest-standing headteacher in Torbay

0:48:010:48:04

and has taught three generation of students, including myself.

0:48:040:48:08

In 1998, Jane introduced the Tic Tac Advice Information Centre

0:48:100:48:15

for students needing that extra support

0:48:150:48:17

with difficult home lives, anxiety,

0:48:170:48:20

you know, social media was starting to rear its head.

0:48:200:48:24

Just a safe place for students to come and talk to somebody

0:48:240:48:28

that was in a non-teaching post.

0:48:280:48:30

It was an absolutely amazing success.

0:48:300:48:33

I was born with a number of problems,

0:48:360:48:38

the main one being my hearing impairment,

0:48:380:48:41

which means obviously I can't hear as well as other people,

0:48:410:48:45

with, like, normal hearing.

0:48:450:48:46

As Matt approached 11 years old,

0:48:460:48:48

we had to make a decision.

0:48:480:48:50

We had to select a school for his secondary education

0:48:500:48:53

and I came to this one to have a look around

0:48:530:48:56

and, I have to say, I wasn't overly impressed.

0:48:560:48:59

I was worried about academic achievement,

0:49:000:49:02

being able to keep up with his peers,

0:49:020:49:04

so it was on that basis I said,

0:49:040:49:06

"Right, a month, and if he doesn't come up to it,

0:49:060:49:09

"trust me, we will move him out."

0:49:090:49:12

Miss English provided, like, soft skills, like perseverance.

0:49:120:49:16

Great, those are two really good definitions.

0:49:160:49:19

And I think that's obviously what helped me when I went to university.

0:49:190:49:23

I came out with a first-class degree.

0:49:230:49:26

I got it wrong.

0:49:280:49:30

I'm grateful to Miss English, she got it right.

0:49:300:49:33

I've obviously seen huge numbers of students

0:49:410:49:44

and some of them stand out.

0:49:440:49:46

Some of them have been extremely successful,

0:49:460:49:49

one of which is Hugh Maynard.

0:49:490:49:51

I remember him being a bit of a devil,

0:49:510:49:54

but I also remember him being a very talented young man,

0:49:540:49:57

who is now a West End star,

0:49:570:49:58

and I'm extremely proud to have known Hugh and to have taught him.

0:49:580:50:02

I've never seen anyone like Jane in terms of drive, passion,

0:50:060:50:10

desire and single-minded commitment

0:50:100:50:13

to do the best for young people.

0:50:130:50:14

She's inspirational.

0:50:160:50:19

Excellence is not an act, it's a habit...

0:50:190:50:23

and Jane has that habit.

0:50:230:50:25

She is incredible, absolutely incredible.

0:50:250:50:28

Can't thank her enough.

0:50:280:50:29

Thank you, Jane.

0:50:310:50:32

Ladies and gentlemen, our Lifetime Achievement Winner,

0:50:390:50:42

Jane English!

0:50:420:50:44

-Congratulations, Jane.

-Thank you.

-Wonderful.

0:50:520:50:56

Well done. Well done.

0:50:560:50:58

-Thank you very much indeed.

-It's heavy.

0:50:580:51:00

Is it heavy? OK, I've got it.

0:51:000:51:02

So, Jane, 34 years in one school.

0:51:020:51:05

Why did you stay?

0:51:050:51:07

Because I loved it so much.

0:51:070:51:09

It was just a magnificent place to work, and still is, actually.

0:51:090:51:13

You have stayed in Torbay,

0:51:130:51:16

but you have links, don't you, with other schools around the world?

0:51:160:51:19

I do indeed.

0:51:190:51:21

I've been very, very fortunate to work with schools in Nigeria,

0:51:210:51:24

done lots of work out there, which has been fantastic,

0:51:240:51:27

and I think that's brought a lot to our school,

0:51:270:51:30

having visitors across from the continent of Africa.

0:51:300:51:34

Our children really have enjoyed that and got a lot out of it,

0:51:340:51:36

so it's been great.

0:51:360:51:39

And next Easter, I think, you retire.

0:51:390:51:42

I do indeed.

0:51:420:51:43

Is that a terrifying thought, or are you looking forward to that?

0:51:430:51:46

It's not a terrifying thought at all.

0:51:460:51:49

LAUGHTER

0:51:490:51:51

In fact, I'm quite looking forward to a bit of skiing, a bit of golf,

0:51:510:51:54

and I'm hoping to continue with the international work that I've done.

0:51:540:51:57

Well, if it's rowing you're interested in,

0:51:570:51:59

we've got someone here tonight who could help you.

0:51:590:52:01

That would be great. Yeah, I'm up for anything, absolutely!

0:52:010:52:04

Now, Jane, you mentioned someone in the film

0:52:040:52:08

who's gone on to star in the West End's biggest musicals.

0:52:080:52:11

Well, he's keen to say thank you to you

0:52:110:52:14

and he's here tonight to perform for you.

0:52:140:52:17

Will you please welcome Hugh Maynard?

0:52:170:52:20

APPLAUSE

0:52:200:52:24

How lovely to see you!

0:52:240:52:27

You look delightful.

0:52:270:52:29

Oh, so do you!

0:52:290:52:30

Thank you! Fantastic! Thank you.

0:52:340:52:37

I'm so pleased you are here because you're such a lovely guy.

0:52:370:52:41

So, Hugh, this year you've performed in Miss Saigon, I think,

0:52:440:52:48

and you've just finished a run as the lead in Sweeney Todd.

0:52:480:52:52

What part did Jane play in your success?

0:52:520:52:55

I think...the author, the director...

0:52:550:52:58

..producer.

0:53:000:53:01

Truly for me, I was, I'm sure, a bit of a devil.

0:53:020:53:07

You were a bit of a devil, yes!

0:53:070:53:08

Growing up, and I was raised in the care system,

0:53:080:53:11

so I was perhaps not as focused as I am now.

0:53:110:53:15

And having Mrs English - I daren't call her by her first name -

0:53:150:53:22

was one of the few people,

0:53:220:53:24

one of the key people that had that extra time to give to me,

0:53:240:53:29

to listen and to point me in the right direction

0:53:290:53:34

when I was many times going in the wrong.

0:53:340:53:36

You're obviously very proud of each other,

0:53:360:53:38

-which is absolutely delightful to see.

-I'm very proud of him.

0:53:380:53:40

What are you going to perform for us tonight?

0:53:400:53:43

Tonight, I'm going to sing a song off my album

0:53:430:53:45

-called Something Inside So Strong.

-That's fantastic.

0:53:450:53:49

Well, bring on the choir.

0:53:490:53:51

The stage is yours.

0:53:510:53:53

# The higher you build your barriers

0:54:060:54:10

# The taller I become

0:54:120:54:15

# The further you take my rights away

0:54:180:54:22

# The faster I will run

0:54:230:54:26

# Deny my place in time

0:54:280:54:31

# You squander wealth that's mine

0:54:310:54:34

# My light will shine

0:54:340:54:37

# So brightly it will blind you

0:54:370:54:41

# Because there's

0:54:410:54:43

# Something inside so strong

0:54:430:54:45

# I know that I can make it

0:54:470:54:50

# Though you're doing me wrong, so wrong

0:54:510:54:54

# You thought that my pride was gone

0:54:540:54:57

# Oh, no

0:54:570:54:59

# There's something inside so strong

0:54:590:55:03

# Oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

0:55:030:55:05

# Something inside so strong

0:55:050:55:08

# Brothers and sisters

0:55:110:55:14

# When they insist we're just not good enough

0:55:140:55:17

# Well, we know better

0:55:220:55:25

# Just look him in his eyes and say

0:55:250:55:28

# We're gonna do it anyway

0:55:280:55:31

# We're gonna do it anyway

0:55:310:55:34

# We're gonna do it anyway

0:55:340:55:37

# We're gonna do it anyway

0:55:370:55:42

# Something inside so strong

0:55:420:55:47

# I know that I can make it

0:55:470:55:50

# Though you're doing me wrong, so wrong

0:55:500:55:54

# You thought that my pride was gone

0:55:540:55:57

# Oh, no, oh, no

0:55:570:55:59

# Something inside so strong

0:55:590:56:03

# Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

0:56:030:56:04

# Something inside so strong. #

0:56:040:56:11

Thank you, Jane.

0:56:110:56:12

You made a huge difference to my life,

0:56:120:56:15

blessing me with your time,

0:56:150:56:17

it's made huge difference and helped me be where I am today.

0:56:170:56:23

Thank you.

0:56:230:56:24

CHEERING

0:56:240:56:26

Thank you so much.

0:56:370:56:40

I'm so proud of you. Thank you.

0:56:400:56:42

That was lovely. Thank you.

0:56:420:56:44

CHEERING

0:56:440:56:46

Thank you, guys. Thank you.

0:56:460:56:48

Thank you, Hugh, and your brilliant young backing singers.

0:56:520:56:55

That brings us to the end

0:56:550:56:56

of this year's Teaching Awards supported by Pearson UK.

0:56:560:57:00

Congratulations again to Jane and to all of tonight's winners,

0:57:000:57:03

and thank you to Alison Steadman and to all of our guests.

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If you'd like to see your favourite teacher

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take home a gold Plato next year,

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you can make your nomination right now.

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All you have to do is go to...

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..and say thank you.

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Goodnight.

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Other awards presented tonight.

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The award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School,

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the winner is...

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from Wyvern College, Eastleigh,

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William Emeny!

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I'm delighted to be here tonight

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to present the award for Teaching Assistant of the Year.

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The winner is,

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from Anchorsholme Academy in Blackpool,

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Patricia Carr.

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I'm honoured to present the award

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for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year.

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And the winner is from Oxley Park Academy in Milton Keynes

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and it's Helena Carter.

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Hugh Dennis, star of Outnumbered and Mock the Week, hosts Britain's Classroom Heroes - a celebration of the nation's top teaching talent, with awards handed out by stars of stage, screen, music and sport.

And there is music from a surprise guest, all from the spectacular surroundings of Guildhall in the City of London.


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