Claire Langham was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 52 winners in the UK of the Pearson Silver Award. Her award was in the category "Teacher of the Year in a Primary School". Claire was also named School Star of the Year by the Nottingham Post.
Claire has worked at Cantrell since being a newly qualified teacher. She is 100% committed to ensuring that her pupils achieve the highest possible standards and this she does with great passion for teaching and learning. Her classroom reflects the creative approaches she has to learning and her engagement with new ideas is testament to her ongoing professional development. Claire is always testing out new ideas in numeracy and is always at the forefront of new developments. Added to that she fosters the school values of honesty, empathy, respect and encouragement for all pupils and her pastoral care is of a particularly high standard.
On Sunday 23rd October, Claire attended a glittering awards ceremony at The Guildhall, London where she was to find out if she had won a prestigious UK Pearson Teaching Award, also known as a Gold Plato Award. Ten Gold Plato awards are awarded across categories such as Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement. Claire was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the Cantrell Primary and Nursery School community. The ceremony, hosted by star of ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘Mock the Week’ Hugh Dennis, and broadcast on BBC2 on 30th October, is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession.
The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “A huge congratulations to the 2016 Teaching Award winners. Pearson is so proud to sponsor this celebration - great teaching makes the biggest difference to a child’s education and it’s incredibly important that we take this moment each year to recognise that".