A FORMER Pershore student has been recognised for his exceptional start to his career in the classroom with a teaching ‘Oscar’.
Simon Bayliss who attended Pershore High School, won the Sliver Award for ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year’ at the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards and will now be put forward for a Gold Award.
The awards were established in 1999 by Lord Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating excellence in education and are equivalent to the Oscars for teachers.
Teachers and teaching assistants are honoured during the ceremony which aims to highlight just how vital success in education is to the health and wealth of the UK.
Simon had been teaching at the Oxford Spires Academy for only a year before being selected from thousands of nominations across the UK.
The popular former Pershore student joins a list of 67 exceptional teachers who are the Teaching Award’s ‘stars’ of the education profession for 2015.
Simon was recognised for being an ‘outstanding Biology teacher and Year 7 house tutor’ by students and parents who praised him as a ‘inspirational teacher and tutor who builds strong relationships with students, parents and his peers’.
The newly qualified biology teacher who is also studying a Masters degree, said:
“I’m feeling absolutely fantastic.
“It’s really humbling to be recognised by the school and also to be supported by teachers and the students.
“I have loved my first year of teaching.
“Teaching has always been where my heart lies as it’s about giving students the motivation to unlock what they already have and it’s amazing when you see that spark of passion.”
The Teaching Awards offers everyone the opportunity to say ‘thank you’, to the teacher who has helped them most.
Anyone can take part, children, students, parents, grandparents and colleagues can all go online and thank you.
In return, awards chiefs will send a thank you card to each and every person or team of people who is thanked.
Every ‘thank you’, then becomes a nomination for a Teaching Award.
Simon and his fellow winners will now attend the star-studded UK final at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, which will be broadcast by the BBC in October.
Visit www.pearsonteachingawards.com for more information.