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He's a hero to me, and I know he's a hero to all our school community.
She's brilliant and I think this school is very lucky to have her.
He has ignited a passion for learning. He has made us like the
best ever. She's exciting, she's enthusiastic, she motivates us all.
She has an aura that sparkles. You're the best teacher in the
world ever. From the Palace Theatre, London, it is the 2011 Teaching
Awards. Ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome your host for the evening, Thank you.
APPLAUSE Thank you very much.
Welcome to the 2011 Teaching Awards, supported by Pearson.
How lovely. I'm so honoured to be back this year, among the
superstars of the teaching profession. That's right. We're
here tonight to recognise the true brilliance of teachers, yes you
really do change lives. Together with Teaching Assistants and
headteachers, you are the people who the next generation of kids are
depending on. Back stage we have fabulous stars ready to present the
awards. Hollywood actress, Minnie Driver, comedian, Al Murray,
fashion designer, Dame Vivianne Westwood is here. Actor David
Morrissey, and Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern. Plus a
performance from the soul singing sensation, Beverley Knight.
Fantastic. We have brought together winners from Northern Ireland,
Scotland, England and Wales, to see who is the top of the class across
the UK. Some education news just in, it is very, very hard to believe,
but this is all true, OK. It is all true! Every single word is true. It
is all about the education industry, ladies and gentlemen.
Congratulations to Lord Sainsbury, who has just become the new
Chancellor of Cambridge University. Wolverhampton University have
appointed the Duke of Asda as theirs, but have received a firm no
from the mark kiss of Lidl. The head of the Independent Schools
Council claims one in five secondary school pupils learns
nothing. What it didn't say is many of these young people go on to
study nothing at university. Indeed some of them end up with highly
successful careers in politics! APPLAUSE
Research claims that excellent teefplers can boost test results by
- teachers can boost test results by 45%. One of those teachers
pointed out it was 44.9% recurring. Parents looking for decent schools
for their children are being urged by Elizabeth McGovern to go go,
have you heard this, just what you need, you're on-line, and the bloke
with the beardy tache comes out and sipbgs
# Don't send them there # The teaching's crap
# Don't send them there Let's get down to business. The
first award this evening is for the Special Needs Teacher of the Year,
it is for someone who combines great specialist knowledge with
imminence patience and compassion. To present the award is an Oscar-
nominated Hollywood actress, perfecting her Welsh accent at the
moment to play an inspirational drama teacher, please welcome,
Minnie Driver. Hello. Hello. Doesn't she look fabulous? So you
have been playing an idealistic drama teacher what is the film
called? It is called Hunky Dory, it is illusion. How is the accent?
Fabulous. Lush. You think it is fabulous, I'm not going to lie to
you, it is. You're a Teaching Awards ambassador,
what does that mean? It means that I had an amazing education, and I
like talking about that. I like talking about the teachers that I
had. I have been part of paub's Champions For Change programme in
America, I wanted to come and get involved here because this is where
I'm from. Fantastic. Could you tell us who has actually won? Yes I can.
I'm delighted to present this award to a truly remarkable winner, the
Special Needs Teacher of the Year is Simon Roberts. From Selworthy
School in Taunton. Sell Worty school is an all-age special school,
the young people have a - Sellworthy have an all-age school,
there is 90 members of staff, but only one Simon. Music is in my
blood, it is my first language. It is part of my back depon bone, I
use it seven days a week, as a - my backbone, I use it seven days a
week, as a teacher and therapist. At the age of ten I unfortunately
lost my father. I became a little bit distressed and off the rails
because of this, music became the only friend I had. Instead of
bashing the walls I would bash a piano.
# Hello to Natalie. I went on to study music and mental
health nursing. And then did my teacher training. And thankfully
found a school like this that was willing to combine all those skills
into one job. My daughter's name is Jessie, she's eight years old, and
she has autism. I want to thank Simon for giving me the ability to
see Jessie through his eyes. In doing that it has meant that I have
been able to tap into her world and be the parent to her that I could
only ever have dreamt of being without Simon's intervention.
morning everybody. Don't you lot laugh. It is, ballet. Versus,
street dance. Music is a unique tool, accessible to all children,
even considering some of the difficulties the children have. I
know that music therapy works. Give me some skin, brother, nicely done.
When I was at school, I was shy and I wasn't very confident, and I
wasn't very well, which made school really hard. Simon really made
music fun, I loved being here, and it made me really confident. When
Natalie left here she could stand in front of the whole school and
sing, that is such an achievement, only Simon could have done that.
Everything he does he does with every ounce of energy in his soul,
and transfers it to all the young people here, they benefit and grow
as a result. It is hard work, and can be emotionally draining, but
the rewards are priceless. Ladies and gentlemen, our Special
Needs Teacher of the Year, Simon Roberts.
APPLAUSE Well done.
Wow. They said don't get emotional. This is ace, this is absolutely
amazing, I'm truly honour today receive this. I wouldn't be here
without the nomination from the headteacher from Selworthy School,
caren, who you saw speak. All my friends, all my Karen, who you saw
speak in the feature there, all my friends, my family, and all the
people, and to my mum. Thank you very much indeed.
Now it's time to give an award that recognises a school team for the
amazing and innovative work they do. To announce the winner we invite an
actor working in television since the age of 16, you have seen him in
The Deal, South Riding, is there no end to his talents, now he's
filming Richard II, welcome David Morrissey.
APPLAUSE Hello. Nice to see you. You too.
an actor you have played many, many dark roles, I believe you played a
character called The Scarecrow once? I did, a wonderful teacher
called Miss Kel, from my junior school, St Margaret and Mary's in
Liverpool. She cast me as the Scarecrow in the wiz standard of oz.
One of my favourite memories at the age of 8, singing in front of a
loud of Scouse kids "If I Only Had a Brain". So I had a lot of kids
asking me if I had a brain. have established an educational
trust called Cast? A couple of years ago I was asked by the UN to
provide drama workshops for children in refugee camps around
the world. I went to Lebanon and Beirut. Like the last award winner
we saw, that education can be given in many ways, and we take it for
granted. Not everyone has it. My charity Cast is going to Sri Lanka
and South Africa, and do what we have in this country all the time,
which is teaching and learning in different ways, not just having the
children behind the desk. That deserves a round of applause.
Please tell us who the winner is. Team of the Year. The Outstanding
School Team of the Year. Is the PE Department at Dyffrn Taf in
Whitland. The staff at Dyffrn Taf are made up
of four key members of staff. The greatest strength is the way in
which they work together, collectively they are exceptionally
strong. We are a mixed bunch, but we do have the same vision.
Everyone brings something different to the team. The most important
thing you can do for students is to be a positive role model, and make
sure that the students harness that positive energy. He's really good
fun to be around, he always supports you in what you do, no
matter ping pong or rugby on the pitch. What we do in this
environment is try to encourage children to design their own
circuit, if you like, as opposed to it being prescriptive, and in many
ways, old fashioned and traditional. Miss Roberts is really fun in the
PE lessons, she's exciting, enthusiastic, she motivates us all.
Dancing is something that is really popular, especially with the girls
that maybe are not into games activities not so much. So we try
to introduce as much of that as possible.
Mr Blain has really gone to town on the IT! I use the video analysis
tools for the students within cricket. It enables the students to
analyse their own technique and analyse the technique of others.
we're looking at what is a skilled performer today. Mrs Philips seen
as the organiser within the department, she also focuses on
bringing together the academic side. As a department we offer a very
broad range of teaching styles. You can be really creative with your
methods of delivery. I think as a department we bring an enthusiasm
to the subject. Even the weakest sports person will feel special in
the PE environment. We have all got our individual strengths, but
everyone is very supportive of each other. We have a lot of fun, there
is a lot of laughter in that staff room. We have a saying here in the
PE Department, if you could change the eyes wees and the minds for a
was, you could start to build a real team. So let's give a round of
applause for the PE Department from My goodness me. We just would like
to thank everybody for presenting us with this award this evening. We
can't believe it is real. We were saying earlier you don't actually
see the opposition until this evening, if you want to call them
that, that is a sporting term for us. A team is really important for
everybody to be successful, it is not just about us, there is loads
more people that make up our team, it is just recognition of all the
hard work and everything that has gone on before us. Hopefully we
Now we come to the award for Headley Teacher of the Year, it is
the great headteacher - Headteacher of the Year. It is the great head
teachers that lead schools. We asked The One Show, Rhys Jones and
James Jordan from Strictly to step off the dance floor and go
undercover. We are here at Chingford Hall Primary School to
present this rather lovely award to Headteacher of the Year, 2011.
think I deserve one of these, any way, we have left the bright lights
of Strictly behind, and we are here today to surprise a real star.
Let's find out what makes our winner, Mrs Pat Davies really
special. In 2007 we were one of the worst schools in the country. As a
parent myself, I wouldn't have wanted my children to come to this
school. Pat's vision was for us to be an outstanding school.
doesn't tolerate second best, because these children only get one
chance. My mantra used to be, if you're not here for the children,
Jews get on the bus and go somewhere else. Oh, late.
We have quite a large estate near to the school, it is an area of
high depravation, lots of unemployment and crime. There is a
certain stigma attached to em - the pupils that come from the estate.
At the school we want to make sure the pupils have positive role
models who they can be inspired by, and who they can say I want to
become like that person one day. is about every child developing
confidence and self-esteem, and being happy and confident in
themselves. Where preon the last meeting of the school council.
represent the school and get people's ideas to what they wanted
aed to the school or taken away from the school. Giving children a
voice is so important, because this is their school. The children are
really involved in the decision- making within the school. As are
the staff as well and the parents. Everybody contributing.
celebrate many cultures at Chingford Hall. Me and my family
are from Cyprus, we came here three years ago. We have a daughter, she
is in year 3 now, she was very shy. At this school, the biggest change
was her confidence, it has been increased a lot. Ofsted, we did get
out of 31 areas we got 30 outstanding. It meant an awful lot
to everyone at the school, children, parents, staff, I think it was
really deserved as well. Something inside so strong
We have a lot of people now wanting to send their children to Chingford
Hall school, in the past it was one of those schools that would be the
bottom of your list. She's just the right person for the job, she's
brilliant. I think this school is very lucky to have her. The pupils
see her as a second mum. Some of them as a first mum. And they look
up to her. Just brilliant, and there is so many other words I want
to say, but, yeah, main one would be brilliant. I would say, fan it
is acal. - tan it is aical. That is why
she's Headteacher of the Year 2011. The whole school is in the middle
of the school assembly. Shall we go Mrs Davies. Hi.
So sorry to inter interupt your assembly. We have something very
special we would like to give you. If you would like to come into the
middle of us. Congratulations you have been named Headteacher of the
Year 2011. Thank you. # You're amazing
# Just the way you are OK, I'm just overwhelmed, thank you
so much, and thank you parents as well for always being so supportive,
and my fantastic staff, and thank you children. This is for us, for
Chingford Hall. The win irof the Headteacher of the
Year is Patricia Davies from Chingford Hall Primary School in
London. Congratulations. Next up is brand new award for 2011,
The History Boys Teacher of the Year. It takes an imaginative teach
Tory make - the History Teacher of the Year, it takes an imaginative
teach Tory make history interesting. My history was inspiring, he came
in dressed as Marie Antoinette, which was weird as we were studying
the Battle of Britain at the time. Our next guest is a huge history
buff and studied at Cambridge University, no less, but he's on
tour with his pub landlord, welcome Al Murray ladies and gentlemen.
Put it there so it is safe. So you're a history buff? Yes I am.
Always? I always have been. Since I was a very small boy. What do you
think triggered that love of history? Brilliant teachers, to be
honest. All the history teachers in my school were brilliant, as the
years went by, without exception. Is your interest in history
expanded beyond school, you are still interested? Yeah, yeah, I'm
reading it all the time. Today, 30th of October is when TV was
invented, there you go, history, this wouldn't be possible without
that happening. That is history for you, tell the kids! Tell them all.
Do you use history in your show? The pub landlord is a fairly weird
view of history, it is sort of like British-centric, written by the
winners, and French history books are blank from cover-to-cover. You
know, yeah. Could you please tell us who the winner s we are very
excited. It is in here. The winner is from Tendring Technology College
in fronten to on sea, it is Richard You better get under, the bombs are
coming. His lessons are always unique, he finds a way to bring
history to life. You see in the blilts, the amount of people who
died, the emotions they were going through. You have to write down how
you feel and you learn but what it is like to be there. It is a bit
scary but you know he's just acting. Cravivity is at the heart of
everything Richard does. He can sometimes be unorthodox, but he
gets results. But most importantly of all, the students are passionate
about history when they are in Mr Rodd's classroom. That is the all-
clear. I always look at my timetable and think have I got
history today, it is something to look forward to. You are thinking
this is so good, I really get this I understand, it is so interesting.
With the person next to you, I want you to share the key words you have
written down, you have 30 seconds, go. I have been here seven years, I
thoroughly enjoy my time here at Tendring Technology College, it is
like a family. He plans his lessons to make them creative, enjoyable,
and to show his passion, and ignite the passion of the students in his
class. Mind you, there is times I look out of that window and think,
what's he up to now. Oh my God, a crime scene, today you are going to
be MI5 agents, and you will find out what happened to this person.
When I was at primary school I didn't like history, I really
didn't like it, Mr Rodd's lessons are so interesting, I got really
involved, and I really started to enjoy it, now I have taken it at
GCSE and now A-level as well. Gather round the murder victim.
He's a master story-teller, the children become engrossed in the
stories he tells, and history starts to really live for them.
can remember back 15 years when at secondary school, history was a
reading of textbook and answering the question, I didn't want to do
that. I wanted to come back into the classroom and bring personal
things back into it, and bring the learning to life with acting. Can
anyone tell me who this person was. Thomas Beckett. Spot on, well done.
Some of the ideas are risky and challenging and could cost me my
job sometimes, but they work. a one-off, he's unique, the
students think he's amazing, the students love him, he has touched
hundreds and hundreds of lives and ignited passion for learning.
The History Teacher of the Year, Rcihard Rodd from Tendring
Technology College. - Richard Rodd from Tendring
I didn't expect that. Even the other day when we had the BBC
coming, people saying you have won, you have won, I had no idea. It was
only the other day that two colleagues of mine Dan and Mark
were giving me advice about had I written my speech yet, I said no,
don't I think I should, they said they knew I could waffle on and
talking, it won't last a minute, by the way. I said give me some advice,
and Dan said to me, make it funny. Have something with current affairs,
Mark said keep it plain, simple, just thank those who really helped
you get this award. Who really enable you to teach the way you do.
I went away, started writing my speech came back to see Mark, Mark
what about this for start, go on then, I would like to thank, Hitler,
Stalin, Mussolini, and he started to shake his head, and he said he
didn't mean those. Thank those who enabled you to get your award. So I
can do that, went away, came back five minutes later, Mark I know
what I'm going to say now, winning this is just like winning an MBE,
it is "my blinking efforts", I have had enough of people saying thank
you for this and that to everybody else, this is all about me!
APPLAUSE The problem is at that point I
couldn't hold my composure, I was only having a joke with him, there
is lots of people I do need to thank. Firstly, it is my TTC family,
it is the students who are there, you are just amazing. To Caroline
Haynes, the principal, very inspirational, gave me the
opportunity to teach at the college seven years ago, and puts up with
lots of risky things I do, and I have been told not to mention them
today. Two special people to thank, my grandparents who are at home,
without them, without the stories they used to tell me about their
lives in the Blitz, I wouldn't have had the passion to go on and be a
history teacher. I want to put someone in the middle of my thank
you, most people say the most important person should go first or
last, my wife, Diane, she has put up with a lot from me in the last
11 years, hopefully in the last three months when she gives birth
to our child I can support her as much as she could. Sandra Foot,
thank you very much, you have been my school mum, you have been my own
personal OSA for the last seven years, thank you very much. There
are a few students to thank, five of them are here, Beth. Could you
crack on! But in particular, Molly, Steven, and Emily, Emily, not for
what you said, two particular words, that was F & F, I thought what does
that mean, fit and fashionable, no, she said, you're fat and funny!
Thank you. The final person to thank, that is my work wife,
someone who has not just been a mentor, a colleague, who thinks
they are my boss, and that is Dan Browning, without Dan Browning's
advice and guidance I wouldn't be half the teacher I am today, thank
you very much. Thank you.
Now we're going to find out who is 2011's Teacher of the Year. To
present the award we have the grand Dame of British fashion design, she
started her working life as a Primary School teacher. Please
welcome the fabulous Dame Vivianne Westwood.
How lovely to see you, how are you doing? I know, I haven't seen you
for ages. You used to be a teacher? Yes. Where? Oh, in the Pennines,
and since then I have continued teaching fashion at one point. I
would like to say that teachers, my experience of teachers, in my time
as a teacher, all they talk about is the children. They just love the
children, I have an incredible respect for teachers, and we need
more teachers and we need a lot more teachers.
APPLAUSE When you are at school you have
that time to pursue knowledge to understand about the world, and so
it's like you have to follow your deep interests, that is what
teaching is about. That is why we need more teachers and smaller
I'm a reader, and reading for me is the most concentrated form of
experience it is possible to have. It is all those different views of
life, you, people here, in your lifetime, you have had at least, I
have had ever so many different views on the world. Your mother had
a different view on the world, but, in the case of reading a book, we
are able to have the perspective to also look at it from our point of
view as well. So you are looking at it through the eyes of the person
in the past, but you are also looking at it from yourself. What
you are actually doing is comparing the world that they are looking at
with your world, could our world be better. You are getting a
perspective on real values and culture. Could you announce the
winner please! They won't need to bother about getting a jobs,
everybody will want their ideas. So, I take every opportunity I can
to stick up for teachers. APPLAUSE
I'm only joking. So, Christine Emmett is the Teacher of the Year
from St Elizabeth's Primary School Many, many years ago when I was a
very small girl, I had a teacher, whom I absolutely adored, always
looked up to, and one day I thought, I wanted to be like her, and today
I am. Would you like to go to Spain. Christine is interested in every
single child, she knows the child, she knows their family, she's
probably taught their mums and dadz at this stage. She brings - dads,
she brings the world into the classroom, she involves the
community. Any questions you want to ask Evan about the rabbit.
was a help to me when I was at school. I was in a position to come
back up and give something back, that is why I bring the rabbit and
get the kids more with wildlife involved. Mrs Emmett sticks out in
your mind, and puts her heart and soul in the job. I have a kid now
at the school, it is nice to know there are teachers who care this
much. Christine is inspirational, her children love the fantastic
ideas that she brings to the classroom. She instills in them a
can-do attitude. They want to learn when they are with Christine.
Because it is not what you do, it is the way that you do it, and
that's what gets results. If we don't think we can do something,
Mrs Emmett believes in us and gets us to do it really well.
reminds me of the Pied Piper, every child wants to follow her,
everything she wants them to do, they will give 110%. She is
inexhaustable, she has a lot of energy and knows how to tap into
children's imagination. At the moment the children are
studying Indians, they are face painted, and built their own
teepees, and come across the problems the Indians come across,
perhaps not being able to work together. They have learned all
about the river, the bison, they have lived as Indians, we have
found it great fun and rewarding. Christine thinks out of the box and
has the children in the class eating out of her hand. They want
to please and learn. Thank you Mrs Emmett, you are the best teacher in
the world, ever. APPLAUSE.
The 201 Teacher of the Year is Christine Emmett from St
Elizabeth's Primary School. This is for all the boys and girls
of St Elizabeth's Primary School, past and present. For a fantastic
headteacher Mrs Bradshaw and deputy, for all my hard working colleagues,
for all the parents of the community, south Laing arbgshire
council, mum and dad, two boys, Scottish education, St Elizabeth's
Primary School, this is your's, thank you.
Now we come to the Film My School competition. Here students used
creativity and flair to show what is best about their school in a
short film. To present it is an American actress, wowing audiences
with her portrayal of Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, please welcome
Elizabeth McGovern. APPLAUSE
So, Downton Abbey is a big hit, isn't it, it is a big hit this
television show. Why do you think it is so popular with people?
People like to ask that question all the time, I hope it is because
it is emotionally engaging and fun, and beats doing a lot of other
things on a Sunday night. Was there a particular drama teacher that
mentored you throughout your school years? Not so much a drama teacher
as my English teacher. But it was basically the love of learning of
all kinds that makess me so happy to be here to honour teachers. I
think that is something you make with you to any profession and
through the rest of your life. you particularly academic at school
or could you not wait to leave? always turned in every homework
assignment on time. I did all my homework and red every - read every
book. Did you. All right, all right. So let me tell you who the three
finalists are. The Prince of Wales First School in Dorchester. Lewis
Pengam in Wales. And St John's Primary School in
Walsall Wood. Before we find out who the winner is, let's have a
Welcome to the Prince of Wales # This is the right time
# It's the time for us # It's the time to show the world
# If you dream it The art club always uses the latest
technology. At our school they like us to
experience history firsthand. our topic we did the fashion from
the 50s, 60s and 80s. We had a go at dressing-up in the clothes from
each decade. # Don't know quite where we're
going to go # I don't quite know
# How we're going to get there # I just know that
# We are with you it's going to be So, thank you. Those were the three
nominations. Elizabeth, can you tell us who has won please?
I am thrilled to announce that this year's winner is the Lewis School
Pengam. Please welcome to the stage the
Thank you very much, it is like the Oscars, I'm very excited by this.
There are many, many people we have to thank, we have only got a minute.
Most importantly I think there are the pupils that were involved in
filming that project, they have all got camera envy tonight, they are
looking at the cameras all over the place. I have a list, Liam Goff,
Daniel Davies, Jack Nichols, and Rhys Jones, and Joss Evans, who did
a fantastic job in putting the video together. A special thanks to
Nathan Battersby, who was the pupil who recorded and wrote the song you
heard, record companies get in touch with us! He's a fantastic
student and deserves credit for. That we would also like to thank
the fantastic staff at the Lewis School in Pengam, who have given up
their time to put the film together, Mike Oliver and others contributed
to all of this. We couldn't have achieved it without that. Lewis
School Pengam is a fantastic school, pull of extraordinary people and
staff, days like this make it all worthwhile, thank you very much.
APPLAUSE Our next award recognises a highly
talented teacher. Someone who has made a huge impact in a short space
of time. It is the outstanding - outstanding New Teacher of the Year.
An actress with one of the most sought-after jobs in television,
she gets to snog Doctor Who, it is Alex Kingston. I'm at Severnbanks
Primary School in Gloucestershire. I'm about to present this to new
teacher, Keeble keeb, they are all in a- Rachael Keeble, they are all
at assembly at the moment, I have to keep a low-prove fight. Before I
present this, I - low-profile, before I present this I want you to
look at why she gets this. In the first year you expect teachers to
settle in, Rachel flew from the start. We used to be the worst
class in the school in year, now she has made us the best-ever.
of the special things about her is she's really good at finding out
what the children are interested in, and incorporate that in their
lessons. Your Doctor Who challenge today. Occasionally we get a visit
from Doctor Who who gives tricky challenges which we have to solve.
The children are learning, but they don't feel like they are learning.
You need to decide quickly what you have discovered today. Back to the
tables quickly. Everyone in the class we love Doctor Who, we don't
care in the lessons are hard or easy, we focus on helping Doctor
Who. Victoria is able to retain the information due to enjoying the
class. We use the news to try to think about what is going on in the
world around us. Welcome to the BBC news. In turn, we then use what we
are learning about in class and translate it into new shows.
with Dr James in the UN. That helps the children to put who they are
thinking about and what they have learned about into a different
context. Well done guys, that was amazing, give them a big round of
applause. Absolutely fabulous. Never in my wildest dreams did I
think that Shakespeare would be taught at Key Stage II in
Severnbanks Primary School. drama club we are currently working
on an abridgeed version of a mid- summerers night's dream. The
children are loving it, they have performed it in a real theatre in
front of an audience of 300 people. I only did it because I knew Miss
Keeble would get me through it, stage fright is my biggest fear, I
was crying afterwards because Miss Keeble made me overcome my fear.
The best way to engage a child is to also have their parents on board.
Tea parties are a really great opportunity for the parents to come
in and to engage with their children's learning. Miss Keeble
gives parents the motivation to help with our children's learning
and to help them succeed. When you talk to every child about Miss
Keeble, and about how they feel about her teaching, their face
lights up. She has an aura which sparkles. Whatever it is, she has
got it. I absolutely love teaching, it
doesn't feel like a job at all, because work shouldn't be this much
fun. Right everyone is in there, it is
the moment of truth. Let's go. Hello everybody, I'm so sorry to
interrupt. I have just stepped off the Tardis to present this very
special award. To somebody in this room. Rachael Keeble, I present
this award to you, and you are the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year.
Thank you. Thank you so much everybody. All
the staff, everybody. But most importantly my wonderful class.
The winner of the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, Rachael Keeble
from Severnbanks Primary School. And now to the final award of the
evening, the Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises
the overwhelming dedication a teacher has given throughout their
professional career. To present this award is one of Britain's
cultural icons, a master of his craft for over 30 years, whether a
popular musical or a Shakespearian tragedy, his productions are
renowned throughout the world. Please welcome Sir Trevor Nunn.
This is home from home, this was Les Miserables for 20 years. Do you
love doing your job, and is it anything like being a teacher in
the rehearsal room? It is, my job is essentially collaberative, a lot
of the time I have to work like a teacher. Especially when I'm
dealing with things like a classical text and a Shakespeare
play. But, equally, every day I learn from the actors, from
designers, from my creative colleagues. So just like teaching
it is two-way traffic. Do you think you would make a good teacher? Did
you ever feel like you wanted to be a teacher? I was a school teacher
for ten months! I was sensational! Really, absolutely amazing. We
didn't have gap years in those days, inbetween school and university, I
signed up as a supply teacher. At the age of 17 going on 18, poor
kids, can you imagine. Due play them lots of records? Actually I
was in a pop group at the time, I used to play guitar for them.
had them! We played you up something rotten. Trevor, could you
please tell us who the winner is? can indeed. The winner has a
brilliant job title, he is - Master of Imagination, the Ted Wragg
Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Jeff Stratton from Lipson Community
It is hard to believe it is 50 years. Mind you, I have no
intention of stopping, this is a great place to work, and as long as
I can still make a difference to young lives I will carry on.
first came across Jeff 15 years ago when I was a new headteacher. He
was working in one of our satellite centres. I immediately thought we
have challenging youngsters that need retracking and Jeff has the
skills to do that. I snapped him up, that is one of the best decisions I
have ever made. When I left art college the principal said to me,
you will never make a living as painter, you can't make a living,
you have to teach. I was a teacher and then became a deputy head, I
was appointed head in the early 1980 of a secondary school in
Plymouth that needed turning round, it turned into a beautiful school.
From there I went to County Hall as a senior education officer, became
disillusioned with the politics, went back working as a volunteer,
and Steve saw my work. Glory be, that was a great day. He's far more
than an art teacher, he is master of imagination, he works creatively
to engage students and build their self-esteem to allow them to be the
thing they want to be. The whole thing about the drawing is
representing three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. You are
not copying what is there, you are making sense of it. Because Jeff
has been teaching so long, he has managed to teach parents and
children and grandparents of the same families. He taught me in
primary school when he used drop him, and then here, and now I'm
back working alongside him as a Teaching Assistant. He hasn't
changed. Teaching is looking after the children, we are their parents,
we have been given that by their parents, we look after them,
teaching children is teaching them everything. A few years ago I was
in a bad place, and I couldn't, emotionally I found it difficult. I
couldn't deal with it on my own. He has helped me in many different
ways, academically, and he has helped me personally confront a lot
of demons. Jeff links with all community remarkably well, leads on
work with the Respect Festival, the Barbican theatre and here at the
college he's our chief set builder, he never ceases to amaze us with
what he can create, and especially with cardboard. Cardboard mou, does
that work. I feel nobody is managing me at all, they are
probably, cleverly, Steve lets me doing my own thing, I can get away
with red and green shoes and not doing my tie up. It is about being
allowed to being who I am. Headship can be a lonely job, I have always
appreciated the meant torg skills Jeff has brought to me, he has
always been there - mentoring skills Jeff has brought to me and
he has always been there for me, he has been a hero to me and this
school. At some point people will point out that I'm a bit past it, I
will work at home, it won't stop, because I am who I am.
APPLAUSE Welcome to the stage, our Lifetime
Achievement Award winner, Jeff Stratton from Lipson Community
College. I feel very humble about this. I
have got lots of people that I could thank, but the people I
really must thank the most are my colleagues at present, at Lipson
Community College. It is a fantastic place to work, wonderful.
What it says on this programme, "education is the most powerful
weapon we have to change the world", I know that is true. I have seen it
happen. When I first started teaching, there was a Berlin wall,
there was apartheid in South Africa, there was segregation in America,
gay people could be prosecuted and put in prison. Teachers were
expected to cane and hit children round the head, it was a moral duty,
I had classes of 45 children, there were no supply teachers, there were
no classroom assistants. Slowly, this has changed, it has got better
and better. Most of the children I first taught left school at 15 with
no qualifications at all. Since then, all sorts of changes have
happened, gradually the zeitgeist has got better and better, I'm so
optimistic about the future. Our young people are fantastic, they
are marching into the future with our help. I'm so optimistic. Thank
you ever so much for this award, I'm most grateful. It is for me and
all my colleagues. Many congratulations, what a worthy
winner, anyone and everyone can make their nomination for next
year's awards. If you know a teacher who transforms young
people's lives, go on and say thank you. All you have to do is go to
the website. Many congratulations to all of our
winners who have made a massive difference in their schools, give
it up to them. You are tonight's stars. You are tonight's true stars.
Inspiring our children to do great things, what a brilliant job you do.
APPLAUSE Thank you
Now to close the show, is an amazing soul singer, who was
encouraged to follow her musical dreams by her primary school
teacher, Mrs Barnard, now we know who to thank. Singing Cuddly Toy
from her latest album, Soul UK, welcome, from Wolverhampton, the
# Oh yeah # Oh
# Yeah # Well I know you heard
# So many people say # I got a different boy
# In every town # But there must be
# Somebody telling lies # Spreading rumours all around
# There's a cuddly toy # It's my only joy waiting for me
# When I get home # And what I need
# Is a boy like you # To come and call my very own
# You got to feel for me # Yeah you got to feel for me baby
# Oh you gotta to feel me # Oh give me some love yeah
# Well I don't pour out my heart # Like it to everyone
# And anyone # That I meet
# And I know it ain't no wine # Because I feel just fine
# To see people still on my feet people
# A cuddly toy # Is my only joy
# Waiting for me # When I get home
# And what I need # Is a boy like you
# To call # Call my very own
# So you got to freel feel me # Oh you got to feel me
# Yeah you gotta feel for me baby # Oh give me some love
# Yeah # Come on
# Oh yeah # Feel it
# Oh yeah # Feel feel for me baby
# Come on # Like I know you can
# Feel me # Feel for me baby
# I know # I know you understand
# A cuddly toy # Is my only joy
# Waiting for me # When I get home
# And what I need # Is a boy like you
# Oh to call # Call my very own
# So you got to feel # Oh baby
# Baby # Somebody got feel me
# Give me some love # Yeah
# Feel for me # Come on people
# Yeah you gotta to feel me # Give me some love
# Yeah Thank you
Thank you very much, good night. Other awards presented at this
evening's ceremony, was the Teaching Assistant of the world,
which went to Mandy Theobald were Spring Meadow Primary School in
Harwich. This is something special, this is for every child and every
parent, every governor and colleague that I have had the
privilege of working alongside at Spring Meadow. The Henry Winkler
Award for Special Needs was awarded to Wren Spinney Community Special
School. This is so extraordinary and I'm so passionate about the
Lenny Henry is joined by Dame Vivienne Westwood, Minnie Driver, David Morrissey, Sir Trevor Nunn and Al Murray for the prestigious 2011 Teaching Awards from The Palace Theatre, London. The star-studded event celebrates education's finest. Plus there's a performance from soul singer Beverley Knight.