Local Teacher In The Running To Be Named One Of ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2017’

Mr Mark Thomas of Parish CE Primary School in Merseyside is to attend the prestigious UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards. Nomination follows the acceptance of a Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession.

On Sunday 22nd October, Mark will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden, London, where he will find out if he has won a prestigious Gold Plato Award. Mark was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the Parish CE Primary School community.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Eleven Gold Plato awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Yearin a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Mark was recognised for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning his award in the category The Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Mark has worked in the teaching profession for 31 years and for the last ten he has worked as Deputy Head Teacher at Parish CE Primary School. Mark truly believes that ‘disadvantage should not determine the destiny’ of his pupils. He uses his innate teaching ability to ignite a passion for learning in each and every one of his pupils to ensure that they aspire to achieve their potential no matter what their starting points are.

Throughout his career Mark has been truly inspirational. He is an exceptional teacher and leader and is undoubtedly worthy of the award for ‘lifetime achievement’.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It’s an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That’s why these Pearson teaching awards are important, and that’s why I’m delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves.”

Parents and students alike can recognise and thank the teachers who are making a difference by visiting http://teachingawards.com/thank-a-teacher/ to thank a teacher.

Doing so means they will be in with a chance of winning at next year’s ceremony.



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