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Formby Primary School wins prestigious Gold Teaching Award which was announced on The One Show


The Early Years Team at a Formby school has yesterday evening, Monday 21 November, been named as some of the nation’s most inspirational educators on The One Show on BBC One.

Selected from thousands of nominations, the Early Years Team at Redgate Community Primary School has won a coveted Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Early Years Team of the Year.

The award was presented to them last week when CBeebies presenter, Andy Day, surprised the team at school as part of The One Show’s coverage. The came as part of a week-long celebration of teaching which will culminate on Saturday, 26 November, at a prestigious ceremony celebrating the 90 Silver Winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards. At the ceremony, Redgate’s Early Years Team will be honoured alongside their fellow Gold Winners across 16 categories as the best of the UK’s educators.

The Early Years team at Redgate has grown from one teacher and a Teaching Assistant working alongside seven reception pupils in 2015, to the 20-strong team it is today, which works across Nursery, Reception and the complex needs unit. The team currently supports 84children.

This growth has brought new and exciting opportunities for the children and families in the community to learn and develop together within an inclusive, nurturing, child-centred and play-rich environment. They engage with their families through creative initiatives, such as Squirrel Fest, a community outdoor festival, parent yoga, and family bedtime story days. The impact of the passionate and ever-evolving team has not only improved the outcomes for the children, but it has also improved the sustainability of the school and influenced the whole school ethos of putting the children at the heart of all they do. They are proud to have shared their experiences and achievements internationally at the Global Summit in China.

These Pearson National Teaching Award winners are shining examples of the people who make our schools and colleges so special. Our schools are the beating heart of our communities, and these awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the unseen work that schools and colleges do on a daily basis, from going the extra mile to provide reassurance during uncertain times through to offering wider support to families who need it most.

The Gold Award winners have been honoured for their incredible work supporting learners across the country. Each award winner has repeatedly gone above and beyond their role to change the lives of their students, supporting them and their families, and helping them move towards a brighter future.

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 24th year of celebrating our school teaching staff across the UK.

Suzanne Webb, Headteacher at Redgate Community Primary School, said: ”Winning this inspirational award would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and above all bravery of the whole of the early years team.”

“If you wonder why I describe them as brave it is because they have been brave enough to go beyond the norm. Our team is not content to do what everyone else does in their Early Years departments, they strive to put the children first and they challenge the boundaries. They are pioneers in their field and this is something that all people in education need to be.”

“Our fantastic team realised early on in their journey that if you keep doing the same everyday you’ll keep getting the same old thing - they want more than that for our children and families at Redgate. Our Early Years team is truly the foundation of our Redgate Family.”

Redgate Early Years Team said:

“Winning this award is an amazing opportunity for our whole school community to celebrate the inspiring work and dedication of our early years team. The long termimpact early years teams can have on the lives of children, families and the community is crucial, and so to recognise the hard work of our team on a national level is absolutely fantastic, and a real boost for our inspiring and passionate team.

“Our school community is very much a team, and so to win the award for Early Years Team of The Year Award means everything to us. We very much believe that our ability to grow and work collaboratively provides us with the confidence to think outside of the box, pave our own way and above all to be creative in the delivery of our early years practice. This way of working has allowed us to develop in a way in which puts the children at the heart of everything we do. We hope that by winning this award we can continue to inspire other teams to break boundaries, especially in relation to play rich practice and inclusivity.”

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “People of all ages will always remember that amazing teacher who made such a difference in their lives, whether that’s igniting a fire for their favourite subject or the support they’re received outside the classroom. Teachers and school staff will never know how many lives they have changed, or the impact they have made on so many children and their families, but our hope is that these awards help show them our gratitude, how much we owe them, how much we value their dedication.”

Sharon Hague, Managing Director, Pearson School Qualifications, said: “More than ever we are seeing the tireless work that our teachers, lecturers, and school staff do day in, day out, to support not only our children but their families too.”

“Congratulations to all our Gold Award winners, who are shining examples of the incredible work going on in our nurseries, schools and colleges every day. This week we have heard so many inspirational stories about our school staff that highlight the exceptional dedication they have to their students, their colleagues, and their communities.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said “Many congratulations to the Early Years Team at Redgate Community Primary School.

“Their fantastic work and dedication to their students is truly an inspiration, and these awards provide well earnt recognition of the work of incredible teachers and school staff up and down the country.“

“We have some of the best teachers in the world and I want to thank every single person working so hard to support children and young people for their expertise and commitment.”


 

About the Awards

The 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards are open to every school across the UK. The awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity. The charity’s mission is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have in our society, and show teachers how much they are valued. It does this through its public-facing ‘Thank A Teacher’ campaign www.thankateacher.co.uk, and through the Pearson National Teaching Awards www.teachingawards.com.



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