Selected from thousands of nominations, Emma Beaton has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Emma was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School for her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.
Emma has over 20 years teaching experience spanning all key stages, with a consistent passion for education and working with young people. She is incredibly innovative in her approaches to teaching and learning and is an advocate for blended learning to enhance student experience; vital skills which were fully utilised when introducing remote teaching during the lockdowns.
Emma is an inspiring member of the Arts team at the school, and a highly accomplished musician Emma motivates students to enjoy the love of live performance and composition, and gives significantly of her time to support many projects for both the school and the wider community.
Emma eaton 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.
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
Congratulations to Emma and we wish her all the best for the final.
Other staff members that were recognised for their outstanding work were :
The Staff of Sandringham School – The 2021 Lockdown Hero Award for Learner and Community Support
Vonnell O’Neil – The 2021 Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
Fleur Baikie – The 2021 Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
Lily Pratt – The 2021 Lockdown Hero Award for Learning and Community Support
Christian Turton – The 2021 Award for Digital Innovator of the Year