Rastrick teacher nominated in 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards

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A Rastrick High School and Sixth Form College teacher has been nominated for a prize in the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards

Lesley Grafton has been put forward in the contest and joins a list of exceptional teachers who are the stars of education this year.

She said: “‘I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been nominated for this award. I teach truly inspirational and talented students at Rastrick High School and hope to make them proud by progressing further and winning the regional finals.”

The finalists will receive the results when they are announced by the Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, May 17 where they will be cheered on by students, parents and colleagues at school presentations.

Head teacher Helen Lennie said: “This is the first time that a teacher from Rastrick High School has reached the regional finals and we are all very proud of Lesley Grafton’s achievement.

“We have our fingers crossed that we will be having celebrations in May when the winner is announced and wish Lesley good luck.”

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards. I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

Celebrating 12 years of recognition for unsung heroes, the Teaching Awards will focus on finalists - head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school teams - from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each of the winners will receive a Plato - the Teaching Awards trophy representing excellence in education.

The Teaching Awards were founded by Lord Puttnam CBE to focus on inspired education professionals who make the positive achievements of pupils possible.

It has been a record year for the awards with over 24,000 nominations.

Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK said: “Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK.

“Pearson has long held lifelong learning to be at the heart of all its business. All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education.

“That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.”