Schools delight as staff up for national awards - The Solihull Observer

Schools delight as staff up for national awards

Solihull Editorial 18th May, 2024   0

CELEBRATIONS are in order at two Solihull school after staff have been shortlisted for top teaching awards.

Cockshut Hill School’s headteacher Jason Bridges has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards.

He is one of just a handful across the country shortlisted for the Headteacher of the Year in a secondary school category.

Since being appointed as principal in 2016 Jason has taken to heart Summit Learning Trust’s Base Camp initiative to meet learners’ basic needs and attends the free breakfast club each day and he is on the gate to meet learners every morning and enjoys an approachable relationship with them.

Natalie Hagan, an assistant principal for teaching and learning at the Yardley school has also been nominated for the Digital Innovator Award.

The award recognises those who lead the way by using digital technologies creatively within their education communities to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

Natalie was nominated because of her pioneering excellence in using IT to improve processes and procedures across the trust and for increasing wellbeing via the use of technology in the classroom.

And over at Ninestiles Academy teaching assistant Sharfa Chohan has been nominated in the TA of the Year category.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational headteacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

Vince Green, chief executive of Summit Learning Trust said: “Everyone at Summit Learning Trust is proud of our colleagues.

“To be nominated for a Pearson National Teaching Award is a significant achievement and is a testament to the high-quality education and care that is delivered at Cockshut Hill, at Ninestiles, an Academy and across our family.

” All three individuals would be worthy winners, and we wish them the very best in the final judging stage.”

Finalists will find out if they have received a Bronze or Silver certificate on National Thank a Teacher Day on June 19 and Gold winners will be announced in November and will be invited to appear on the BBC’s The One Show.




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