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HT Teacher wins Outstanding New Teacher award

Haileybury Turnford teacher wins Silver Award in The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year

Miss Jethmalani honoured as schools across the country celebrate Thank a Teacher Day to highlight families’ gratitude to school staff 

Selected from thousands of nominations, Miss Jethmalani has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Miss Jethmalani was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

Miss Jethmalani has made an extraordinary impact as a newly qualified Teacher, taking every challenge in her stride and making a big impact on learners, colleagues, and the wider school community. She devotes a huge amount of time to improving her practice, consistently checking student progress to ensure they are benefitting and always adapting her teaching to suit the class.

Miss Jethmalani has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers.

As well as this award for Miss Jethmalani, Haileybury Turnford was also nominated for the 2021 Award for Making a Difference – Secondary School of the Year.

Robin Newman, Principal at Haileybury Turnford, said: “We are thrilled that Miss Jethmalani has received this prestigious award, endorsing the excellent contribution she has made to Haileybury Turnford, and to our students in her first year of teaching.  We are all very proud of what she has achieved.”

New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have a newfound respect hold for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. 74.9% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.

The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their pupils settled by regularly checking in and even using their school sites for Covid-19 testing when classes did return to school. There has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a chance – children, families, all of us – to pay tribute to those wonderful educators who change more lives than they will ever know. Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult of times, and who will continue to inspire countless young minds over the coming years.”

Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said:  “After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges. We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”