Days left till teacher “superheroes” announced

Amanda Cerny and Sarah Fionda of Imperial College


There are just days left until the winners of the inaugural London Teacher of the Year Awards are announced.

And one of the judges has spoken of her excitement about meeting the “superheroes” who will be celebrating at this week’s ceremony, which takes place at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Mayfair headquarters, No 4 Hamilton Place.

There will be separate awards for primary and secondary education, with winners being announced for separate areas of the capital, the city as a whole, in categories including trainee and newly qualified teacher, support staff and best team, and in specialities such as sport and science.

Sarah Fionda, who is UK student recruitment and events manager at judging organisation Imperial College London, was full of praise for the nominees and winners.

She said: “It was-inspiring reading through the nominations.

“Teachers work so hard, not just in the classroom. Many of the nominees took time out of their personal lives to enrich those of their students with revision clubs, extra tuition, extra-curricular sports and music, community service, you name it.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of these supermen and women!”

Imperial will present the overall award for Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) teacher of the year, and Ms Fionda added: “Imperial sees these awards as a great way to not only honour the hard work and dedication of the teachers nominated, but also as a way to raise awareness about teachers and the profession in general.

“Imperial and other institutes of higher learning rely on teachers to inform and motivate students to the extent that they wish to pursue learning at university, so it’s only right that they are recognised by us for their sterling work in a challenging environment.”

The other judging organisations for the awards are the University of Greenwich, Principals by CH&Co, KCS, eTeach, Century Tech, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Kidzania London and the Education People.

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