In light of government pressure, how can we celebrate teaching?
Teachers have such a huge job and they play such an important role in the lives of children.
Last week, I was invited to attend the Teaching Awards at the Guildhall, London. Sadly, I couldn’t make it despite it being over 12 years ago since I first and last attended the Teaching Awards. In July 2004, I was shortlisted for ‘the Guardian Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London.’ The honourable Phil Beadle pipped me to the number one spot!
It was a great event and a moment to savour in terms of the work teachers do and the communities in which they work.
So, it’s that time again – the ‘Oscars for Teachers’ will be coming to your television screens on October 30th at 6pm on BBC2. The 2016 ceremony celebrates and recognises the exceptional and life changing work of teachers across the country.
Please support teachers everywhere in the run up to these awards. The Teaching Awards have created a video, based on what students have said about their teachers, and have posted it on Facebook and Twitter.
A decade ago Ross and I were both up for London Teacher of the Year. We drew, and settled it down an East end boozer over a game of darts in which I fluked a lucky double top. We were struck that night by the degree of intellectual similarity between us: a preference for going in the side door rather than simply doing things we were told to do by people who were bored of what they did for a living. In the ten years since that evening Ross has become a new media phenomenon; and this book is redolent of his happy relationship with emerging and emerged technologies … In short, it is Ross’ greatest hits. Phil Beadle (English teacher, education consultant, author)
If you would like to thank and nominate a teacher, nominations are now open for the 2017 Teaching Awards here.