2017 Britain's Classroom Heroes


2017

Join Naga Munchetty and Sean Fletcher as they celebrate the very best teachers from across the UK at this year's Pearson's Teaching Awards.


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It's the biggest night of the year

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-for the UK's teaching profession.

-Yes, the best of the best

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are gathering here in London's Docklands,

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and over the next hour, we'll celebrate the achievements

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of the people we trust our children with every day.

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Welcome to Britain's Classroom Heroes 2017.

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It's great to be here to honour

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the most important people in our society.

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I think it's great that the teachers can dress up,

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put on the glitz and glamour, and come to such an event.

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A teacher is not just teaching a child to count, or to read,

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they are a trustee, they are a confidant,

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they are a nurse, they are a friend.

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If a teacher spots something in you,

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it's just that little glimmer of hope

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that makes a huge difference to the direction you take.

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For me, certainly, teachers were really influential in my life.

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They have such a big impact on so many youngsters,

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I don't think they really realise it.

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Because they're such an unsung bunch, I think this is terrific,

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just a little pat on the back, just to say,

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"We know what you do, well done, thank you very much."

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Good evening, and a very warm welcome to the East Wintergarden,

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here in the heart of Canary Wharf,

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for the Pearson Teaching Awards 2017.

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This evening, we're celebrating the people who inspire,

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motivate and challenge young people to achieve their very best.

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It's a thrill to welcome the UK's finest headteachers, school teams,

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classroom assistants, all of whom have gone beyond the syllabus,

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and can rightly be described as Britain's Classroom Heroes.

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My name is Naga Munchetty,

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I'm delighted to be with you for this very special occasion.

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And I'm joined by someone you'll know from Countryfile

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and Sunday Morning Live.

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He's going to be mingling with the teachers,

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the stars of tonight's show.

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It's Sean Fletcher. APPLAUSE

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Naga, I am so pleased to be here this evening.

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I can certainly remember being a mischievous nine-year-old

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when my geography teacher - and he was also my PE teacher -

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Mr Trow, told me to pull my finger out,

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and taught me to believe I could do anything if I worked hard.

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Mr Trow, you get my nomination, but I'm a bit biased.

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Every teacher here this evening

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has been nominated for an award by their fellow colleagues,

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or by their students,

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which in itself is a huge endorsement

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of the work they do day in, day out.

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From the original nominations,

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a panel of judges has travelled

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the length and breadth of the country

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to select the category winners.

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I'll be talking to some of the winners

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and catching a few words with two of the judges

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who made those difficult decisions.

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Sean, thanks very much.

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And thank you to all of the nominees

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for the amazing work you do.

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Let's see how the judges called it, then,

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as we announce the very first award of the evening -

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Head Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

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Who better to present the award

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than someone who upholds the discipline on the dance floor

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every Saturday night?

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She's quickstepped it all the way

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from the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom -

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it's head judge Shirley Ballas.

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APPLAUSE

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I was one of the Strictly Class of 2016 -

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I wasn't very good -

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and know that every dancer who comes onto the show

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benefits from having a great teacher,

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and Shirley, great teachers -

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they make a massive difference, don't they?

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They certainly do. You know, every week,

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we're watching the professionals teach the students on Strictly,

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and I'm always in awe of the fact

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that they can bring everything together just in a few days.

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Now, you're obviously someone who learns well

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but must have had some inspirational teachers.

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You've been World and British Latin champion.

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What were those teachers like?

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Well, one teacher that stands out in my mind

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was a lady called Margaret Redmond,

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and when I was 11 years old and I came from a housing estate,

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we didn't have anything,

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and she wasn't only a great teacher

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but she was extremely positive about any goal you set.

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You can always reach your dreams,

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it doesn't matter where you're from, or what background you have.

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So, she was very inspirational in my career.

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Shirley, if I could ask you to announce

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the name of the Head Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

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OK, here we go.

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The award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

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goes to...

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..Maire Thompson from Malone Integrated College in Belfast.

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APPLAUSE

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SEAN: Maire Thompson has been

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Principal of Malone Integrated College in Belfast since 2014.

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Morning, Princess.

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-OFF-SCREEN:

-I would know most of the students by name.

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For me, I need to know their names,

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because they need to have a relationship with me,

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and with the other staff.

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Morning, Rebecca. Morning, Paul.

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-OFF-SCREEN:

-For me, in this school,

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everything is underpinned by relationships.

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Relationships with parents, with community,

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with students, with staff.

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Here, you can talk to the teachers and it's sort of, like,

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they're friendly. You know what I mean?

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They sort of... They make you feel more at home.

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And I'm not even just saying that, I actually feel that way.

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Malone integrated College opened in 1997

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to cater for students from south and west Belfast,

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from across the political divide.

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This school is for all children,

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irrespective of your religious belief,

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your social background, your sexual orientation,

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and irrespective of your ability.

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We have a very vibrant, inclusive learning environment.

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Anybody and everybody's welcome.

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The school community reflects

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Northern Ireland's growing cultural diversity.

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-OFF-SCREEN:

-It's just become a very multicultural school,

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and I think it works very well.

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We now have very successful children who came,

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who didn't speak English,

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who are now doing very well in their GCSEs and A-levels.

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INDISTINCT

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When Miss Thompson was appointed Principal in 2014,

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the school was underperforming.

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At one stage, I would argue

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that the school potentially didn't have the best reputation.

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We were at the bottom of the league tables, which...which hurt.

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Maire immediately sprung into action.

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Her first priority was, obviously,

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to involve the entire school community

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in a process of school improvement.

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She talked about relentless enthusiasm and optimism,

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and the first time that I saw it

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was coming in for the A-level results four years ago.

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And results weren't good and Maire just looked at me

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and said, "That's the last time these results will be this low."

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Genuinely thank all of the staff for all of their hard work.

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We have had the best set of results in the school

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over the last ten years.

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Really, in four years, the school's been transformed,

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so there's a very good atmosphere around the school.

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We've got a good reputation in the community.

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Maire Thompson is probably the most dynamic and visionary leader

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who I've ever had the privilege of meeting and working with.

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She takes an interest in every single one of her pupils,

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and she will move mountains if necessary

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to make sure that every child

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gets the best education that's available to them.

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All right, do you know where you're going?

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When I first came here,

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I used to be ashamed to say I was from Malone College,

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but as the years have went on, and things have changed,

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I've really enjoyed myself and I'm proud to say that I'm from here.

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Miss Thompson, I love her!

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I'm not even just saying - I really do, I love her!

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She will come over at, like, lunch, and, like,

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she'll just talk away to me, and she'll talk away to everybody,

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and we just sit there and just talk for ages.

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When I leave school, I want to be a mechanic,

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and I told this to Miss Thompson,

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and she was just like, "You go on," she's like, "You go, girl!"

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She actually kept saying that.

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I talk about relentless optimism for our young people.

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I want our children to leave here decent human beings,

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and also very valuable members and contributors to society,

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of course with a good job, too!

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APPLAUSE

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Let's welcome to the stage Maire Thompson.

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-It's very heavy.

-Oh, thanks, I'm delighted!

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Winning this award,

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I can't imagine what it means to the school and your pupils.

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The school, the families, the parents, my own family,

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all the people who've been very kind with their time to me,

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and to the school, I'm sure will be delighted,

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and I'm sure that it represents just more than me.

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Marks out of ten for that award?

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Well, ten for the school.

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Lovely sentiment. Thank you very, very much.

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Congratulations.

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And, Shirley Ballas, thank you very much, as well.

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Now, this next award

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is for Head Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

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Now, the recipient is someone who is determined to provide his students

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with the best possible start in life.

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Actress Sunetra Sarker,

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best known for playing the role of Dr Zoe Hanna in Casualty,

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recently took a trip home to Liverpool to find out more.

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Well, it's been quite a few years

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since I've been stood outside a school in Liverpool,

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but I did enjoy it when I did.

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Back in the day, when I was working in Brookside,

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and also being a schoolgirl,

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I remember the teachers being amazing -

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supporting me, encouraging me,

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and making me feel like I wasn't making any bad decisions,

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which is why I'm really happy today to be talking to a very special man,

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who's encouraging some pupils in Liverpool.

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The headteacher of the school is Mr Naik.

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And he has a beard.

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He always comes in looking smart.

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Tall.

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He is a top bloke.

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-Morning!

-Morning.

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Hope School is a special school

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for pupils with social, emotional, and mental-health difficulties.

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Come on, then, let's sign in and get ourselves ready,

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have some breakfast, yeah?

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Since opening its doors in 2002,

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it's been led by headteacher Mr Rohit Naik.

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Nice to see you. Good lad!

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Hope School represents to me, that, you know,

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there's always hope for everybody, and there's always hope for change,

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and change is something that we have to embrace.

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What we do now will give us hope for the future.

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That's my philosophy.

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Oh, did you get my breakfast for me, Emmanuel?

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-OFF-SCREEN:

-Children will not be excluded for whatever reason.

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We will use other agencies to support undesirable behaviour,

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but we resolve that

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and they come back the next day and they carry on learning.

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Every day is a fresh day for them.

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He's very visible within the school.

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Very seldom you see him in his office.

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He is out there giving that support to people.

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Everybody is motivated by him.

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Mr Naik as a headteacher is not scared to change.

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He is not scared of developing people,

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pushing people to deliver the best that they can for the children,

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and for themselves.

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Just follow me, boys.

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-SUNETRA:

-The school aims to prepare students for mainstream education -

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a goal that has been achieved by several former pupils.

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I wouldn't be in sixth form now without Hope and Mr Naik.

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What things do you have to look out for on the...?

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Tony is Asperger's,

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and come to Hope School because he went to nine or ten other schools,

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and, erm, he couldn't be in any other school,

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cos they used to kick him out.

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And then he come here and now he's in mainstream school.

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Well done, Thomas, that's excellent.

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-TONY:

-He's a real person and he cared about everyone

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and he just wanted to make sure that we were doing well in school

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and doing well later on in life.

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I've got hold of you, so you've got nothing to worry about.

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As a parent, it felt amazing to have people

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that accepted Tony for who he was, and helped him.

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When you have got a child who has got problems,

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people turn their back on them.

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People shout at them all the time.

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And then he came to this school and they, like, opened the door.

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Yes, well done. That's excellent!

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Next year I might be able to go back to mainstream school

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because of Mr Naik.

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He thinks I can do and be anything I want when I am older,

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because he believes in me.

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When I say it's too hard he'll always say if I try, I can.

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He thinks that every pupil in the school can,

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no matter what their problems.

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Coming to school every morning is a delight for me.

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That is true, by the way!

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Well, Mr Naik'll certainly be delighted

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he came into school today.

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He's out on the playground at the moment,

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totally unaware that we are about to surprise him.

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So, Bailey, if you could pass that to me when I give you the nod.

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Yeah? Let's go this way.

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Sorry to interrupt. Can I make a little class announcement?

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Yes, of course. Yes, yes.

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Hello, kids. Hi, I'm Sunetra,

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and I'm here today because I've got a very special job.

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I've been told about all the great work that Mr Naik, here, has done

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with you pupils, and the teachers,

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and it is a privilege to let you all know

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that the winner of this year's

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Primary School Head Teacher of the Year 2017

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goes to Mr Rohit Naik.

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CHILDREN CHEER

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-Thank you very much. I'm flattered.

-Congratulations.

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Is he really the best headteacher in the world?

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-Yes.

-I thought so.

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APPLAUSE

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Huge congratulations to Rohit Naik.

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You are the best headteacher in the world

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and you are a top bloke, according to your pupils.

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It must have been a wonderful surprise

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to get that award in the playground.

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It was a fantastic surprise that anybody would want.

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It was great. Fantastic.

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Your school is called Hope School. And that's so fitting, isn't it?

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Because you offer so much hope to so many young people.

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What drives you on every day?

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I love going to school.

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It's like a family. It's a small community.

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These children have special needs, but there's hope for them all over.

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We all have special needs to a certain extent.

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And I don't give up on any of them.

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It's fantastic to see the work you do.

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-Congratulations on a well-deserved award.

-Thank you.

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We now come to the award for

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Excellence In Special Needs Education.

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To announce the winner, I'm delighted to welcome an actor

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who is no stranger to award ceremonies.

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She's received an Emmy and Bafta

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during the course of a rather distinguished career.

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She's also done a bit of teaching in her time,

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notably using rap music to introduce students to Shakespeare.

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For the past six years she's graced our screens

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as Sister Julienne in the hugely popular Call The Midwife.

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Please welcome Jenny Agutter.

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APPLAUSE

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I'm intrigued to know more about your teaching methods.

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Well, the teaching methods were basically working with some children

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and deciding that perhaps one could take the iambic pentameter

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and change it into something else.

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We changed into rap and we were doing Romeo and Juliet.

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So it went something like...

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# This is a story you will never forget

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# About the Montagues and the Capulets

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# They lived on the streets of Verona

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# But Romeo was a bit of a loner

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# He fell in love with Juliet

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# The problem was she was a Capulet. #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Please will you announce the name of the winner?

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Yes.

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The award for Excellence In Special Needs Education goes to...

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..Sue Jay from Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School.

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in West Sussex

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caters for pupils with severe or complex learning needs.

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Who have we got on this glorious Monday morning?

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At the heart of school life is an emphasis on performing arts.

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Performing arts at QEII is really important.

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It plays a major part in everything we do, really.

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Wiggle!

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And Sue Jay is the teacher in charge.

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Music is the key.

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Everybody loves music.

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But in a school like this it is a way of engaging the students.

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Then you build on that.

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MUSIC: Everybody by the Backstreet Boys

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The senior students are rehearsing their take

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on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

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# Tonight! #

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-I will tell them both I love them.

-ALL: Ooh!

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Shakespeare does grip our children.

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There are lines that our students

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will remember the first time I give them,

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and five years later they can still tell you what they are.

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Out, damn spot! Out, I say!

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Look, Miranda, the ship!

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They are the ones who tried to kill us!

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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?

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Pull a face.

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She almost gets into the soul of the child

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and she sees what that youngster has to offer

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and then she finds a way to manipulate whatever she's doing,

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however she's teaching, whatever she is performing,

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and brings that child out into the starlight.

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-Bigger.

-Blehh!

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That's the one.

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You just see... I don't know. There's a relaxation goes on.

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The whole body is engaging.

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You put them in front of an audience

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and then that whole engagement goes up another level.

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It's about their self-worth.

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You can just see that it's going up.

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Right, stand where you are and look around.

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What do you think I'm going to say?

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Spacing.

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It's horrific!

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Sometimes she has to be a bit strict to get it right.

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Right, start again.

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And if we get it right she has her happy face.

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Good.

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Every student in the school

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has an ability to participate in the creative arts.

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We'll work on the French accent, shall we?

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I want every child to reach their personal full ability

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and more.

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I set the bar higher every time I work with a student.

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Right, that's it.

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Could you put your chairs away, please?

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Sue Jay is, like, very friendly and very kind.

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She just gives you the confidence to do it.

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Everyone in the school is lucky to have her.

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Do you love drama?

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-Yes.

-Yay!

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Well done. Bye.

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Bye!

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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A luvvie kiss.

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You get a luvvie kiss, as well.

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I love a luvvie kiss.

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Sue, congratulations.

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You seem a little bit happy.

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I'm so happy because all the students at school

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are going to be celebrating.

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And my headteacher down there, Lesley Dyer.

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You have to have the belief of your headteacher, don't you?

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I have to ask you, where do you get your energy from?

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Er, Shredded Wheat.

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Other cereals are available...

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Jenny, I know you wanted to say something about Sue's achievements.

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What is so interesting of course is you say creative arts

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are a wonderful place to be able to explore communication with children.

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It's not just the performance,

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it's what you've done in the care behind that, and the encouragement,

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and just bringing those people forward,

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and, as you said, to make them able to do the best that they can do.

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And that's just a wonderful thing to do for children.

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High praise indeed from an Emmy and Bafta award winner.

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Jenny Agutter, thank you so much for presenting this award.

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And congratulations, Sue, to you.

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Now, with so many exceptional teachers nominated this year,

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how on earth did the judges decide the winners?

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Well, Sean has the answers -

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he's with two people who can tell us just that.

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I have been joined by Ava Sturridge-Packer and Steve Baker,

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two of this year's judges.

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Many of the judges are former winners,

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so they know what it takes to make the grade, don't they?

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They certainly do, but equally there are other judges

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who have had a lot of time in education,

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and therefore give an input into that.

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It's all about recognising that extra mile that teachers do.

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We have data - Sats, league tables, and Ofsted -

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but actually what we celebrate

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is doing the very best for the children in a wholesome way.

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Steve, tell me about the standard this year.

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It's incredible. Every year, the standard is so, so high.

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But somehow I'm always surprised, because the bar seems to go up

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every single year and this year has been no different.

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We are just two members of a very large volunteer group of judges

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who have the privilege and the honour to go and visit schools

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right across the country to celebrate the best in education.

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Thank you very much indeed, both of you.

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Thank you, Sean.

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We now turn to the award for Teacher of the Year In A Secondary School.

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Frankly, if I had to walk into a classroom full of teenagers

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it would frighten the life out of me.

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So to present this award

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we've asked someone who doesn't see it as daunting as all that.

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She makes time in her busy schedule

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to work with drama students in secondary school.

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She's known to us as Denise Fox,

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a character she's played on EastEnders for more than a decade.

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Let's welcome Diane Parish.

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I believe a fellow EastEnders actor

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was responsible for getting you involved with students.

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Rudolph Walker, he has the Rudolph Walker Foundation,

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where he gets actors to go into schools and mentor kids.

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And we encourage them to write their own pieces.

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So they write it themselves, they direct it themselves.

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We go in and encourage them. But from our point of view,

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them meeting us means that they can see an end to the story.

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They are our future. That's what this is all about

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and if we don't put back, what do we get out?

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OK. And the award for the Teacher of the Year In A Secondary School

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goes to...

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..Luisa Martin-Thomas from Tonypandy Community College.

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Tonypandy, a South Wales Valleys town

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that has borne its fair share of economic hardship.

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But on the corridors of the community college

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there is a performing-arts teacher enriching the lives of her students.

0:23:510:23:55

She's like a whirlwind.

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-Good morning.

-You hear her before you see her.

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Everywhere in the college you'll hear her heels on the corridor,

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or her keys, or her walkie-talkie.

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The scenery is going to drop and you are going to duck.

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Fly, man! Fly, man!

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Rats!

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Stage right. Right!

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She is really funny. She's mad, she is.

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And cwtch up nice and tight.

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And if I say, stage left... Not too close, Ashley.

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If you go the extra mile she will go the extra mile with you,

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or even further. That's why she's great.

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OK, our next exercise now is putting that part into practice.

0:24:260:24:31

I've been teaching 16 years.

0:24:310:24:34

Bringing out the best in all students

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has been the driving force to anything that I've implemented.

0:24:360:24:40

I first met Luisa when I came to the school

0:24:400:24:42

12 years ago as a trainee teacher.

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And immediately I was just totally blown away by her.

0:24:440:24:47

We're going to give a curtsy. Three, two, one.

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Morgan, the foot in a curtsy goes behind.

0:24:490:24:51

-Right, sorry.

-Thank you.

0:24:510:24:54

Everything that she said, her own practice, what she talked about -

0:24:540:24:57

she lived and breathed that drama department.

0:24:570:24:59

I truly believe I am the teacher I am because of her.

0:24:590:25:03

Not only an innovative practitioner in the arts,

0:25:030:25:06

Mrs Martin-Thomas also champions the use of mindfulness techniques

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to help staff and students manage life in and out of the classroom.

0:25:100:25:15

Just begin to notice now how you're feeling.

0:25:150:25:18

Without Mrs Martin-Thomas

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I don't think I'd be where I am at the moment,

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in college and playing high-level rugby for rugby league.

0:25:220:25:25

While being in school I didn't have the best time.

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I was quite naughty. I got excluded. Nearly expelled.

0:25:280:25:31

But Miss Martin-Thomas helped me through that spell

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with mindfulness and calmness, everything like that.

0:25:330:25:36

She has really been a big part of my life, I'd like to say.

0:25:360:25:39

# Somewhere over the rainbow.... #

0:25:400:25:45

She's also had a big part to play in launching the careers of students,

0:25:450:25:48

like that of TV and West End star Sophie Evans.

0:25:480:25:52

She made an impact straight from the off.

0:25:520:25:55

To have a teacher that believed in me

0:25:550:25:57

was really special, and she did really push me,

0:25:570:26:02

so that tough love that made me really want it came from her.

0:26:020:26:06

And she's been a huge support to the current British Youth Champion boxer

0:26:070:26:11

and Commonwealth medallist Rhys Edwards.

0:26:110:26:14

This year I have had a really good year.

0:26:150:26:17

She has been in my corner.

0:26:170:26:19

She has helped me with my confidence.

0:26:190:26:21

She has sponsored my gym

0:26:210:26:22

so she has been awesome and excellent with everything.

0:26:220:26:25

She's not a bad boxer!

0:26:260:26:28

She's got a good right hand, that's about it.

0:26:280:26:30

Yes.

0:26:310:26:33

I have strived to support the students,

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to help them on their journeys in life,

0:26:350:26:37

to make them go on to be anything that they want to be.

0:26:370:26:40

Fantastic. OK, that's brilliant.

0:26:400:26:42

Go for it. Go for it.

0:26:420:26:43

To hear what they're saying just fills me with confidence

0:26:430:26:47

that maybe it is just working.

0:26:470:26:49

APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

0:26:490:26:52

Luisa, we've seen in that film

0:27:020:27:05

you have so much energy, so much passion.

0:27:050:27:08

Where do you get it from?

0:27:080:27:10

My mum and dad.

0:27:100:27:11

But also they would probably say that when Luisa was little,

0:27:110:27:15

she was trouble unless she was busy,

0:27:150:27:17

so that's put into practice within my teaching career.

0:27:170:27:21

Well, we do have one more surprise for you.

0:27:210:27:24

You may be wondering, perhaps, where your award is.

0:27:240:27:27

What we thought we would do is ask one of your former pupils

0:27:270:27:30

to present it to you.

0:27:300:27:31

Finalist in the television show Over The Rainbow,

0:27:310:27:34

currently performing the role of Glinda in Wicked in the West End,

0:27:340:27:38

-you know who it is. Who is it?

-It's my Sophie Evans.

0:27:380:27:41

You deserve it, you deserve it.

0:27:520:27:54

Sophie, you said in the film there that Luisa pushed you.

0:27:560:27:59

-She did!

-She pushed you, how did she push you?

-She really did

0:27:590:28:02

and it really helped! Because I'm now doing what I love

0:28:020:28:06

and a lot of it is down to this little lady.

0:28:060:28:09

And this little lady provides

0:28:090:28:11

a lot of support for your career today, even.

0:28:110:28:13

-She does! She is I think coming to the show...

-On Wednesday.

0:28:130:28:16

..Wicked on Wednesday, bringing about...

0:28:160:28:19

-61 pupils.

-61 pupils, so I've told the company manager.

0:28:190:28:22

He's very happy, so you are going to have to keep that up now. But, no,

0:28:220:28:25

you're just a fantastic role model to everybody

0:28:250:28:28

and being my drama teacher, I was very lucky

0:28:280:28:31

because you really gave me that platform. Thank you.

0:28:310:28:34

Next we recognise the use of technology in the classroom.

0:28:440:28:48

In a world where gadgets are ever-present in our daily lives,

0:28:480:28:52

teachers are constantly looking for innovative ways

0:28:520:28:55

to implement the use of technology.

0:28:550:28:56

Now, to announce the winner is a presenter and author, Rick Edwards.

0:28:560:29:01

APPLAUSE

0:29:010:29:03

I understand you fancy yourself as a bit of a teacher.

0:29:110:29:15

I mean, I wouldn't say that exactly.

0:29:150:29:17

I love maths and I love science

0:29:170:29:20

and my best friend is a maths teacher

0:29:200:29:23

and I've been to previous schools of his and done some assemblies

0:29:230:29:28

and kind of helped out in maths classes.

0:29:280:29:31

Very much enjoyed it, but I'm not sure that I could actually do it.

0:29:310:29:35

I find it petrifying, being up in front of a room of students.

0:29:350:29:38

People think, "Oh, well, you're a presenter.

0:29:380:29:41

"You're on television programmes."

0:29:410:29:42

It is very different standing up in front of an assembly, isn't it?

0:29:420:29:45

It's totally different, because the thing about TV, as you well know,

0:29:450:29:49

is it's quite easy because there is a team of people

0:29:490:29:51

trying to make you look good.

0:29:510:29:53

When you're doing an assembly, it's just you.

0:29:530:29:56

It's very exposing.

0:29:560:29:58

And so when you see teachers give incredible assemblies,

0:29:580:30:02

it's really just kind of awe-inspiring.

0:30:020:30:05

We never stop learning, do we?

0:30:050:30:07

So you've just released a book about science in film. Tell us about it.

0:30:070:30:10

Yes, I have, because, as I say, I love science.

0:30:100:30:13

I've been doing a science podcast for a little while

0:30:130:30:15

and so we've written a book of it. It's called Science(ish).

0:30:150:30:17

-Science(ish)?

-Science(ish), yeah.

0:30:170:30:19

So I've written it with my friend who is a quantum physicist,

0:30:190:30:22

so he brings the science and then I bring the ish.

0:30:220:30:25

LAUGHTER

0:30:250:30:26

Well, could you bring your ish to the podium, please?

0:30:260:30:29

-Yes, I can!

-And tell us who's won this award.

0:30:290:30:31

My ish is very excited.

0:30:310:30:32

So, the award for the Outstanding Use of Technology in Education

0:30:320:30:38

goes to...

0:30:380:30:39

Lisa Rees-Renshaw from Ysgol Y Deri in Penarth.

0:30:390:30:43

Find a job you like and you'll never have to go to work again.

0:30:470:30:50

And that's exactly how I feel.

0:30:500:30:52

If you're presented with a challenge or a child that needs something,

0:30:530:30:56

it's working that out, and then when you see the end result

0:30:560:30:58

and you've been part of that, that's not work.

0:30:580:31:00

A specialist teacher at Ysgol Y Deri

0:31:020:31:05

in the Welsh seaside town of Penarth,

0:31:050:31:07

a school that caters for a wide and diverse range

0:31:070:31:10

of differently abled students,

0:31:100:31:12

Lisa Rees-Renshaw has introduced her pupils

0:31:120:31:15

to technologies that have changed their lives.

0:31:150:31:18

Shall we read The Gruffalo together?

0:31:180:31:20

Reuben was diagnosed with autism just before his third birthday

0:31:220:31:25

and he's currently nonverbal.

0:31:250:31:27

He was struggling to communicate his needs, his wants, his feelings.

0:31:270:31:32

In the last three months, Lisa's changed Reuben's world.

0:31:320:31:36

-COMPUTER:

-I want to read The Gruffalo.

0:31:380:31:40

Turn the page.

0:31:400:31:41

Turn the page, OK.

0:31:410:31:43

He has now got a voice.

0:31:430:31:46

She's taught him how to read,

0:31:460:31:48

she's taught him how to tell me what he wants.

0:31:480:31:51

-Turn the page.

-You want me to turn the page?

0:31:510:31:54

And she's taught him to tell us goodnight, good morning,

0:31:540:31:58

that he loves us, and it's magical to watch.

0:31:580:32:01

It really is.

0:32:010:32:03

Create e-mail.

0:32:030:32:04

And send one to your dad?

0:32:040:32:06

Dad.

0:32:060:32:07

Lisa's helped me to use a computer,

0:32:070:32:10

to use e-mail.

0:32:100:32:12

Ask a question - are you OK?

0:32:120:32:14

-Yeah, I'll say that.

-Yeah. Sounds good.

0:32:140:32:16

-Are you OK?

-He's going to find it funny.

-Send.

0:32:160:32:19

It makes me happy because it gives me confidence.

0:32:190:32:23

Congratulations - your e-mail has been sent.

0:32:250:32:28

My family are proud of me using a computer.

0:32:280:32:32

Yeah.

0:32:320:32:33

One of the major devices in Lisa's toolbox

0:32:340:32:37

is the eye-gaze technology

0:32:370:32:39

which allows her pupils to control a computer using only their eyes.

0:32:390:32:43

-COMPUTER:

-I need a drink, please.

0:32:430:32:45

Well done, Luke. Really, really good, well done.

0:32:450:32:48

Lisa has made communicating easier for me.

0:32:480:32:51

Lisa has made it easier for me

0:32:510:32:53

to talk to people and join in with lessons.

0:32:530:32:56

Hello, Felix.

0:32:590:33:01

Always looking to think outside the box,

0:33:010:33:03

Lisa has found inventive ways of bringing families together.

0:33:030:33:06

Lisa found out that my husband Dan could play the guitar

0:33:060:33:10

and she said, "Why don't we have almost like a band,

0:33:100:33:12

"put a band together, you know? The four of you."

0:33:120:33:15

Yeah, you did brilliantly on this the other day, didn't you?

0:33:150:33:18

Felix started playing the guitar with the eye gaze, with his eyes,

0:33:190:33:23

and it was a moment I'll never forget

0:33:230:33:25

because it just felt like we're an actual family.

0:33:250:33:28

Good playing, Felix.

0:33:280:33:30

Felix was able to do something which we were all doing -

0:33:300:33:34

he was playing the guitar, Dan was playing the guitar

0:33:340:33:36

and I was probably just clapping and crying, I guess.

0:33:360:33:39

It was just an amazing moment to see,

0:33:390:33:42

a family together doing something that they should be doing,

0:33:420:33:44

and all it took was that piece of technology

0:33:440:33:46

to allow that little boy to be as independent as possible

0:33:460:33:49

and to play with his family.

0:33:490:33:51

To me, that is a miracle,

0:33:520:33:54

and when we've had so many people say, he's not going to do this,

0:33:540:33:57

he won't do that, when you see Felix

0:33:570:34:00

doing these things which I thought he'd never do,

0:34:000:34:03

it makes it a bit exciting

0:34:030:34:04

just to see, "Well, I wonder what he can do next."

0:34:040:34:06

She's an amazing human being

0:34:080:34:10

and probably one of the most positive people I've ever met.

0:34:100:34:12

Lisa is my friend and she helps a lot.

0:34:130:34:16

I think Lisa is very kind and caring.

0:34:160:34:18

Every single time that I see that little boy of mine run off happy,

0:34:200:34:23

I think to myself, "Thank you, Lisa." Every single time.

0:34:230:34:27

Thank you, Lisa. Thank you, Lisa. Thank you, Lisa.

0:34:270:34:30

Thank you, Lisa, for helping me.

0:34:300:34:32

Now I know how to use a computer.

0:34:320:34:35

Thank you very much.

0:34:350:34:36

You were awesome, sunshine!

0:34:390:34:41

How confident were you speaking then?

0:34:410:34:43

-What?

-I was sitting listening.

0:34:430:34:45

-I've done it!

-You did - you were awesome.

0:34:450:34:48

You OK?

0:35:020:35:04

Once I pull myself together, I will be.

0:35:040:35:07

I tell you what, watching that film there,

0:35:080:35:11

very few people would have had a dry eye in the house.

0:35:110:35:14

I wasn't expecting you to be the one crying, though.

0:35:140:35:17

I'm OK until I see it like that.

0:35:170:35:19

It's just... Our school is about showing what the children can do

0:35:190:35:23

and I hope that did show what they can do,

0:35:230:35:25

and they want to have their voices heard.

0:35:250:35:27

It's an amazing place to work.

0:35:270:35:29

If you've never been in a special school, please go,

0:35:290:35:31

because they are the most awesome places

0:35:310:35:33

full of the most awesome children you'll ever meet.

0:35:330:35:35

We wouldn't be up here

0:35:350:35:36

if it wasn't for every single member of staff in that school,

0:35:360:35:39

from the teachers, LSAs, all the therapists that work there,

0:35:390:35:42

the head, who constantly supports us

0:35:420:35:45

and constantly reminds me of how much money I spend on technology!

0:35:450:35:48

But I'm hoping that this is just showing

0:35:490:35:51

what we can do with that technology.

0:35:510:35:53

Well, this is what this award is about,

0:35:530:35:56

it's about technology and how you've used it

0:35:560:35:58

and how you can change lives now.

0:35:580:36:00

You can change families' lives.

0:36:000:36:01

You can, you can change lives, and that's...

0:36:010:36:04

When you see a parent saying that their child has told them

0:36:040:36:07

that they love them for the first time, nothing can match that.

0:36:070:36:10

APPLAUSE

0:36:120:36:15

Ladies and gentlemen, Lisa Rees-Renshaw.

0:36:210:36:24

The next award is for

0:36:270:36:28

Further Education Team or Lecturer of the Year.

0:36:280:36:31

For many young people,

0:36:310:36:33

education is about getting hands-on experience

0:36:330:36:35

and then preparing them for their chosen career.

0:36:350:36:38

The recipients of this year's award have certainly done that,

0:36:380:36:41

so we sent presenter and Celebrity MasterChef's reigning champion

0:36:410:36:45

Angellica Bell to find out more.

0:36:450:36:47

I'm here at Redbridge College in Romford

0:36:480:36:51

where they're teaching the next generation of chefs

0:36:510:36:54

and catering professionals.

0:36:540:36:55

From sous chefs to front of house,

0:36:550:36:57

the teaching staff here are going the extra mile

0:36:570:37:00

to prepare their students for a career in the food industry.

0:37:000:37:03

Let's find out what makes this particular team so special.

0:37:030:37:07

Rouge Chef is a learning company

0:37:080:37:10

run by the staff and students of the catering and hospitality department

0:37:100:37:14

at Redbridge College in Romford, Essex.

0:37:140:37:17

By the time they get to the end of the course,

0:37:170:37:19

not only have they got a qualification - almost by default,

0:37:190:37:22

they've got a qualification -

0:37:220:37:23

but what they really know

0:37:230:37:25

is how to work in the catering industry.

0:37:250:37:28

The busy restaurant is the perfect place for students aged 16 and over

0:37:280:37:32

to gain professional experience whilst still at college.

0:37:320:37:35

We are going to be busy today. We're hoping for a full restaurant.

0:37:350:37:39

It puts the students under a bit of pressure.

0:37:390:37:41

It's quick service, getting in, getting out,

0:37:410:37:43

but it's got to be done nicely.

0:37:430:37:45

The head chefs make sure the food goes out nice,

0:37:450:37:47

I'm here to make sure that the chef's safe,

0:37:470:37:49

the kitchen's safe and everybody's doing a good job.

0:37:490:37:51

This is what we've got for lunch today.

0:37:510:37:54

As well as chefs, Rouge also trains front-of-house staff.

0:37:550:37:58

What we try to do here is what they do in industry, so it's real.

0:37:590:38:04

You know, so when they go out into the big wide world,

0:38:040:38:07

then there's not much of a shock.

0:38:070:38:10

That's it - lovely. And you do the same with that one.

0:38:100:38:13

So, we're going to make some sandwiches.

0:38:130:38:15

Let's get a move on, then, yeah?

0:38:150:38:16

Apart from cooking for the restaurant,

0:38:160:38:18

which we open at 12 o'clock, we've got a hospitality function

0:38:180:38:20

on today and we've got ten people

0:38:200:38:23

and they have ordered sandwiches

0:38:230:38:25

and they've got to have the sandwiches ready in 15 minutes.

0:38:250:38:28

This is all part of catering, it's the bread-and-butter, as we call it.

0:38:280:38:32

They have to make sandwiches to make the profit.

0:38:320:38:34

They understand that, so that the profit helps the department.

0:38:340:38:38

Well done - I like your knife skills.

0:38:380:38:40

I like your claw.

0:38:400:38:41

Away from the pressures of the public restaurant,

0:38:430:38:45

students learn advanced techniques in the skills kitchen.

0:38:450:38:49

That's not too bad at all.

0:38:490:38:50

These are the foundations to all chefs.

0:38:500:38:53

So you start with the basics

0:38:530:38:54

and build it and build it so when they leave us,

0:38:540:38:56

they're fully equipped for the industry.

0:38:560:38:58

Another burger, two more chicken.

0:38:580:39:00

Back in the restaurant, the orders are coming in thick and fast.

0:39:000:39:03

You can't teach this experience.

0:39:040:39:06

The only way you can do this is by doing it.

0:39:060:39:08

They can learn as much as they like out in the classroom.

0:39:080:39:10

Until they come in here, they don't feel that pressure,

0:39:100:39:13

because it's the adrenaline rush that makes a chef.

0:39:130:39:15

It all to do with confidence, building confidence

0:39:150:39:17

and being part of a good team.

0:39:170:39:19

You know, that's something that we pride ourselves on,

0:39:190:39:22

just trying to get students to be the best that they can be

0:39:220:39:25

regardless of their background.

0:39:250:39:26

The feedback that we're getting from employers is amazing.

0:39:260:39:29

We're not preparing them for work - they're in work.

0:39:290:39:32

We all have our own attributes

0:39:340:39:36

and I think we all understand each other's strengths,

0:39:360:39:39

and all the strengths build together and come to a fantastic opportunity

0:39:390:39:43

for the students to learn from everybody.

0:39:430:39:45

All of them work together as a team.

0:39:450:39:48

They're doing what they love and you can see that from them.

0:39:480:39:51

"We're chefs, we're running a business, this is what we do.

0:39:510:39:54

"This is how we do it."

0:39:540:39:55

It's just a perfect team, the way I can see it.

0:39:550:39:59

And I really enjoy working with these guys, as well.

0:39:590:40:01

It's almost lunchtime, so things are about to get extremely busy,

0:40:030:40:06

but I do think there's enough time

0:40:060:40:08

for me to nip into the kitchen to surprise the team.

0:40:080:40:11

-Hello, hello, hello.

-Hello.

0:40:110:40:14

SQUEALING

0:40:140:40:15

-Oh, my God!

-Hello!

0:40:170:40:18

Hello!

0:40:180:40:20

-How are you?

-I'm fine, how are you?

0:40:230:40:25

-I'm good.

-Oh, my God! Oh, my goodness!

0:40:250:40:28

Congratulations to you all.

0:40:280:40:31

You have won the gold teaching award

0:40:310:40:34

for FE team of the year.

0:40:340:40:35

-Whoo! Yes!

-And this is for you.

0:40:350:40:38

APPLAUSE

0:40:380:40:40

Oh, wow. Brilliant!

0:40:420:40:44

Yay!

0:40:450:40:47

Well, I'm here with the catering and hospitality team

0:40:510:40:54

at Redbridge College.

0:40:540:40:56

Maurice, you lifted that award like you'd won the World Cup.

0:40:560:40:59

Not your average day in the kitchen.

0:40:590:41:00

It was brilliant, absolutely unbelievable.

0:41:000:41:02

We just didn't expect it at all and I think it's absolutely fantastic

0:41:020:41:06

that we've got the opportunity

0:41:060:41:07

just to say thanks for all that's gone on, really.

0:41:070:41:10

You're preparing students for the professional world.

0:41:100:41:13

How important is it that you apply that business-like approach

0:41:130:41:16

to everything you do at the college?

0:41:160:41:17

We want them to be ready for work, so every day they're at work.

0:41:170:41:20

They start... Some of the level threes are in at nine in the morning

0:41:200:41:23

and finish at ten at night.

0:41:230:41:25

So, that's the way we run it, so it's a professional business, yeah.

0:41:250:41:29

And you're here with some of your other team members.

0:41:290:41:31

You must be really delighted as a team, Maurice.

0:41:310:41:33

It's fantastic. I mean, all these guys, I mean, we all work together.

0:41:330:41:36

That's the whole point. It's to encourage students,

0:41:360:41:39

to give them confidence and to believe in themselves.

0:41:390:41:41

We want to give them professionalism

0:41:410:41:42

and that's what it's all about for tomorrow's people.

0:41:420:41:45

There's still that twinkle in your eye. You haven't won the World Cup,

0:41:450:41:48

but you have won this award. Congratulations, it's well-deserved.

0:41:480:41:50

-Thanks very much.

-Thank you.

0:41:500:41:52

Now, we've almost arrived at the final award of the evening,

0:41:570:42:00

the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, but before that,

0:42:000:42:05

we have a musical treat for you.

0:42:050:42:07

To have one extraordinary musician in the family, well,

0:42:070:42:09

that's pretty special.

0:42:090:42:11

To have seven - well, it's remarkable.

0:42:110:42:13

And just last year, 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

0:42:130:42:17

triumphed in BBC Young Musician.

0:42:170:42:19

This evening, he's here with his elder brother and five sisters.

0:42:190:42:24

The youngest of the children is just eight years old,

0:42:240:42:26

the eldest is at the ripe old age of 21.

0:42:260:42:29

They really are something very, very special.

0:42:290:42:32

Let's give them a big, warm welcome.

0:42:320:42:34

The Kanneh-Masons.

0:42:340:42:36

APPLAUSE

0:42:360:42:37

APPLAUSE

0:46:460:46:49

Well, wasn't that fantastic?

0:46:590:47:02

The Kanneh-Masons.

0:47:020:47:04

Absolutely amazing. I used to play the violin,

0:47:040:47:06

and I feel a little bit out of my depth at the moment, I have to say.

0:47:060:47:09

Now, how long have you been playing together?

0:47:090:47:11

It can't be that long, because some of you look very young!

0:47:110:47:14

Yes, well, in terms of all seven of us, actually only a few months,

0:47:140:47:18

as Mariatu started the cello quite recently.

0:47:180:47:20

So she's a... She's a new member.

0:47:200:47:22

APPLAUSE

0:47:220:47:26

Now, Sheku, it's been quite a year, hasn't it, since you won

0:47:260:47:30

BBC Young Musician? Tell us what you've been up to.

0:47:300:47:32

Has your world turned upside down?

0:47:320:47:34

Yeah, definitely. Recently,

0:47:340:47:36

I was lucky enough to play at the BBC Proms for my first time.

0:47:360:47:40

So that was really exciting.

0:47:400:47:42

Next month, I'm recording for my first album,

0:47:420:47:45

which I've been working towards for quite a while, so...

0:47:450:47:48

APPLAUSE

0:47:480:47:51

Now let's bring this back to schools and teachers,

0:47:540:47:57

because your school played a big role

0:47:570:47:59

in all your development, didn't it?

0:47:590:48:01

And you've put something back, as well, haven't you, to your school?

0:48:010:48:04

Yeah, I mean, at my school in Nottingham, Trinity School,

0:48:040:48:07

music was always kind of at the heart

0:48:070:48:09

of what happened at the school. And, recently,

0:48:090:48:12

I was heartbroken to hear that they weren't able to continue to fund the

0:48:120:48:16

cello teaching there and so I made a donation to kind of help them

0:48:160:48:20

do the great work that they do at that school. So, yeah...

0:48:200:48:24

Fantastic, isn't it?

0:48:240:48:25

I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more about the Kanneh-Masons

0:48:290:48:33

in the years to come. Thank you all very much. Amazing.

0:48:330:48:37

We've now come to the final award of the evening.

0:48:430:48:45

Becoming a teacher means that you invest more than just your time -

0:48:450:48:49

you invest emotionally, too.

0:48:490:48:51

And for one special person in the auditorium tonight,

0:48:510:48:54

teaching is certainly more than just a job - it's a lifestyle.

0:48:540:48:58

To present the Lifetime Achievement Award,

0:48:580:49:01

please welcome an actor who last year appeared in one of the most

0:49:010:49:04

anticipated films of 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

0:49:040:49:09

And, if that wasn't enough,

0:49:090:49:11

he also starred in the critically acclaimed drama series Line Of Duty.

0:49:110:49:15

Please welcome Daniel Mays.

0:49:150:49:16

I feel like I've been on detention out the back.

0:49:270:49:29

But there we go.

0:49:290:49:31

Oh! I understand that you played the role of the teacher on stage.

0:49:310:49:35

So who inspired you for that?

0:49:350:49:37

I did. I played a teacher at the Royal Court Theatre.

0:49:370:49:40

But, like lots of my characters, he was slightly unhinged,

0:49:400:49:45

so I don't think he'd be up for an award tonight.

0:49:450:49:48

There is one particular teacher, though,

0:49:480:49:50

from your days at Rada who was particularly inspirational?

0:49:500:49:53

Yes, my teacher, acting teacher at Rada was a lady called Dee Cannon,

0:49:530:49:58

who was an absolute inspiration from start to finish.

0:49:580:50:02

As soon as I met her, we got on brilliantly well.

0:50:020:50:04

She left a sort of indelible mark on me, and I thank her greatly.

0:50:050:50:10

-Daniel, would you mind, please...

-Yes.

0:50:100:50:12

..letting us know who's won this year's Lifetime Achievement Award?

0:50:120:50:15

So the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is...

0:50:150:50:19

Lynn Green from Fulwell Infant School Academy in Sunderland.

0:50:200:50:24

The school run at Fulwell Infant School Academy near Sunderland

0:50:320:50:36

is a lively start to every morning.

0:50:360:50:38

Someone who will miss this daily alarm clock

0:50:380:50:41

is retiring teacher Lynn Green.

0:50:410:50:43

The parents are handing over to you their most precious possessions,

0:50:450:50:49

and you get to take their hands at four, bring them into school,

0:50:490:50:54

watching them each day,

0:50:540:50:56

those magic moments when they learn to write their name,

0:50:560:50:59

they're writing numbers,

0:50:590:51:00

all things that they couldn't do the day before.

0:51:000:51:02

And they actually... The joy on their faces has just been priceless.

0:51:020:51:08

You know, I've just enjoyed every single moment of it.

0:51:080:51:12

Swing those hips!

0:51:120:51:13

Mrs Green wanted us to write about one of our school trips.

0:51:140:51:20

We built the sand castles at the beach.

0:51:210:51:24

And ate ice lollies and ice creams.

0:51:250:51:30

And we brought in our favourite teddies.

0:51:300:51:34

There's me with Bongo.

0:51:350:51:38

It was a good day.

0:51:380:51:40

It was with Mrs Green, who said you can bring your teddy in.

0:51:400:51:43

Well, at least we think she did it.

0:51:430:51:45

I wonder if anybody can remember what higher...

0:51:470:51:54

She loves the children,

0:51:540:51:55

she brings along a wealth of knowledge to the job,

0:51:550:51:58

and she's a brilliant mentor for anybody who works with her.

0:51:580:52:01

She just creates an amazing classroom environment.

0:52:030:52:07

She just wants it to be the best it can be.

0:52:080:52:10

And she is the best she can be.

0:52:100:52:12

I can see a fire.

0:52:120:52:16

Can you say that?

0:52:160:52:17

ALL: I can see a fire.

0:52:170:52:20

Can you tell your partner?

0:52:200:52:21

I just think it's so important to help them realise

0:52:210:52:24

that if they work hard and practice at something,

0:52:240:52:27

anything is achievable.

0:52:270:52:29

When someone says to Mrs Green, "I can't do it," she says,

0:52:310:52:36

"You can't do it YET."

0:52:360:52:39

This year, Lynn has retired from full-time teaching

0:52:390:52:43

after nearly four decades in the classroom.

0:52:430:52:46

Mrs Green has had a lasting impact on my child,

0:52:470:52:51

not just with his learning but with his whole personality, as well.

0:52:510:52:55

She really has devoted her life to helping children of all ages and for

0:52:560:53:00

them to turn into the best versions of themselves

0:53:000:53:03

that they could possibly be.

0:53:030:53:05

We think Mrs Green is great, as well.

0:53:070:53:09

I like Mrs Green because she is beautiful.

0:53:110:53:13

She's the greatest teacher in the world.

0:53:130:53:16

I'll never forget the children.

0:53:200:53:22

You know, I won't forget them.

0:53:230:53:26

And I hope they won't forget me!

0:53:260:53:28

-Congratulations, Lynn. Well done.

-Thank you.

-Here you go.

0:53:380:53:42

-Now...

-Oh, are you OK?

0:53:440:53:46

-Yeah.

-Sure?

0:53:460:53:47

-Yeah.

-You know, what's really obvious is that your staff

0:53:470:53:50

have a huge amount of respect for you. But also the children think

0:53:500:53:55

you're a very, very special lady.

0:53:550:53:58

Well, I think they're very special, each and every one of them.

0:53:580:54:01

I've enjoyed absolutely every single minute of it.

0:54:010:54:04

Each year has been a new adventure.

0:54:040:54:07

There are lots of teachers or wannabe teachers out there,

0:54:070:54:11

or perhaps people who think, "I'd like to do it, but I'm not sure."

0:54:110:54:14

What would you say about the profession?

0:54:140:54:15

I think if you've got a passion for teaching and a passion for children

0:54:150:54:20

and a belief that every child has a right to success and, you know,

0:54:200:54:27

enjoy achievement, then, you know, you've got to go for it.

0:54:270:54:32

There's absolutely nothing to beat it.

0:54:320:54:34

It's what I've always wanted to do since I was a little girl.

0:54:340:54:38

And I'm sure many will miss you. Lynn, congratulations.

0:54:380:54:41

Well-deserved. Thank you. Huge round of applause.

0:54:410:54:44

Congratulations to Lynn and all the nominees

0:54:480:54:50

and the award winners celebrated this evening.

0:54:500:54:53

-Yes, it's been...

-It's been amazing, hasn't it?

0:54:530:54:55

It's been truly inspiring, hasn't it?

0:54:550:54:57

A big thank you to all our guest presenters

0:54:570:54:59

who have helped make this such a special evening for everyone.

0:54:590:55:02

And also thank you to the event organisers,

0:55:020:55:04

the Pearson Teaching Awards.

0:55:040:55:05

We've learned a lot about the outstanding work

0:55:050:55:08

going on every day around the UK in the teaching profession.

0:55:080:55:11

We certainly have. Well, it is time to say goodnight but, before we do,

0:55:110:55:15

we will leave you with a final thought -

0:55:150:55:17

-what is it that really makes a teacher?

-Goodnight.

0:55:170:55:20

A walker, a talker, a corridor stalker.

0:55:280:55:31

Good morning.

0:55:310:55:32

A leader, director and tactful corrector.

0:55:320:55:36

A role model, a tutor, a whizz with computer.

0:55:360:55:40

Well done, you.

0:55:400:55:42

A natural persuader, a daily first aider.

0:55:420:55:45

A reader, a writer, a reports all nighter.

0:55:450:55:48

A printer protector, a problem deflector.

0:55:480:55:52

A marker, a setter, a sender of letter.

0:55:540:55:56

A divider, decider, a spare-pen provider.

0:55:580:56:01

A cutter, a sticker, a fair-minded picker.

0:56:010:56:06

-A debater...

-..relater...

-..and a smile reinstater.

0:56:060:56:10

A pairer, a carer, a lesson preparer.

0:56:100:56:14

Yes!

0:56:140:56:15

-A defender...

-..a lender...

-..a broker...

-..and mender.

0:56:150:56:20

A creator, inventor, inspiring mentor.

0:56:200:56:24

A keen-to-find-outer and sometimes a SHOUTER!

0:56:240:56:27

A smiler, a filer, a stay-back-a-whiler.

0:56:270:56:30

A describer, reviser, trip organiser.

0:56:300:56:33

An on-your-sider, and a staff room resider.

0:56:330:56:38

That's what makes a teacher.

0:56:380:56:40

Other awards presented this evening...

0:56:450:56:47

The Rowans Alternative Provision Academy staff team.

0:56:490:56:52

It's about improving the life chances of all of our children.

0:56:560:56:59

We believe in every one of them and they very rarely let us down.

0:56:590:57:01

Sharon Downs of Puddlestone First School in Dorset.

0:57:080:57:10

It is the best job in the world,

0:57:170:57:20

and I want to say thank you to all my colleagues and all the wonderful

0:57:200:57:23

children I've taught over the years.

0:57:230:57:25

Michelle Garson.

0:57:300:57:32

I'm just speechless. I don't know what to say,

0:57:380:57:40

but just thank you so much to everybody,

0:57:400:57:42

all my colleagues at Wyndham and my family, as well.

0:57:420:57:45

Just thank you so much for all your support.

0:57:450:57:47

And my children, as well, who I know will be watching this -

0:57:470:57:49

this is for you guys.

0:57:490:57:51

Michael Grant.

0:57:560:57:58

You've been teaching for...little over a year.

0:58:010:58:04

You must be doing something right.

0:58:040:58:06

-What's the trick?

-Just showing the kids

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that they can do anything they want to, no matter where they come

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from or what other people think of them. Just that they can do this,

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that they can be the person they want to be.

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Join Naga Munchetty and Sean Fletcher as they celebrate the very best teachers from across the UK at this year's Pearson's Teaching Awards.

In a star-studded event, awards are presented by Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas, Eastenders's Diane Parish, Call the Midwife's Jenny Agutter, Olympian Heather Stanning and presenter Rick Edwards.


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