Paignton Academy headteacher Jane English is in the running to be named one of Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2016. Jane English retires next March following 35-years at the school and has been nominated for the UK Pearson Teaching Award, also known as a Gold Plato Award. Her name was put forward for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the school’s community. The award is given in categories like Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.
“Jane is a truly inspirational school leader. She has been teaching since 1978 and became headteacher and then principal of Paignton Community and Sports Academy in 1998, said a spokesperson for Paignton Community and Sports Academy.
Jane’s dedication and values have positively changed the lives of generations of pupils, teachers and leaders within Torbay, nationally and internationally. Also she encourages students to work hard and aim high. She strives to develop British values and young people who are proud of themselves and their school.
The ceremony, at The Guildhall in London on October 23 is hosted by comedian and actor Hugh Dennis, and will be broadcast on BBC2 on October 30.
“I am genuinely proud and honored to be hosting this year’s ceremony,” said Hugh Dennis.
He also added that, “the inspiration and support of my fantastic teachers got me to where I am today, and I look forward to joining in and celebrating other teachers’ incredible achievements as well.”
Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK has send his best wishes to the Teaching Award Winners.