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Pearson Teaching Awards Finalists Announced

28th March 2013 <b>Pearson</b> Teaching Awards Finalists Announced

Helen Sutcliffe, Hairdressing Lecturer at Calderdale College in Halifax has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards. She joins a list of exceptional teachers who are the stars of education this year.

The finalists will receive the results when they are announced by the Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 17th May 2013. They will then be cheered on by pupils, parents and colleagues at school presentations.

Celebrating twelve years of recognition for unsung heroes, the Teaching Awards will focus on finalists - headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school teams - from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each of the winners will receive a Plato - the Teaching Awards trophy representing excellence in education. Distinctions and commendations will also be presented.

Helen Sutcliffe, Hairdressing Lecturer at Calderdale College said: “I am very pleased to be nominated for a Pearson Teaching Award. I thoroughly enjoy my job and it is great that my hard work has been recognised. I have always been inspired by my mentors and tutors and I wanted to pass on my experiences to my learners so they can have a good career and start in life.”

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards. I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.” The Teaching Awards were founded by Lord Puttnam CBE to focus on inspired education professionals who make the positive achievements of pupils possible.

2013 is a record year for the Pearson Teaching Awards with over 24,000 nominations. Each and every nomination is a “thank you” to an education professional who has made a difference to the lives of children and young people.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: “Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK. Pearson has long held lifelong learning to be at the heart of all its business. All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education.

“That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation,” continued Rod.

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