Selected from thousands of nominations, Jane Marshall has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Jane Marshall was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.
Upon joining Rainhill, Jane’s obvious passion and ability in the classroom changed the fortunes of her new department for the better and recruitment into A level accelerated rapidly. Jane has since held the role of Senior Lead Practitioner at the school where her infectious attitude and innovative classroom practice has supported the development of colleagues across the school. Jane has presented at the SSAT conference and is a ‘go to’ professional for colleagues within and beyond the school in her role as an SLE.
Jane has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.
The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers.
New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have a newfound respect for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. 74.9% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.
The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their pupils settled by regularly checking in and even using their school sites for Covid-19 testing when classes did return to school. There has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK
Josie Thorogood, Headteacher Rainhill High School said:
“The whole of our school community pass on their warmest congratulations to Miss Marshall on her nomination, we are delighted for her and are very proud of her achievements. Over her career to date she has supported countless children and colleagues; she is a credit to Rainhill High School and the profession, we wish her the best of luck for the next stage of the awards”
Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:
“Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a chance - children, families, all of us - to pay tribute to those wonderful educators who change more lives than they will ever know. Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult of times, and who will continue to inspire countless young minds over the coming years.”
Dr Elise Ecoff, Group Director of Education for Nord Anglia Education, said: “Congratulations to all the Silver Award winners on their fantastic achievement. The National Teaching Awards and Thank a Teacher Day is an important opportunity to recognise excellence in teaching and celebrate educators who are helping make a real difference to student learning through their passion and commitment. This has especially stood out in the last year with teachers using ingenuity, creativity and technology to inspire students.”
Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said:
“After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges. We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“The hard work and dedication of teachers in schools, colleges and across the education sector during the pandemic has been inspiring, and while our teachers deserve the country’s recognition every year, this year’s Thank A Teacher Day is even more significant. The support they have provided children, young people and adults has been remarkable, and each and every one of us should be grateful for the part they have played over the past 18 months.
“Congratulations to all the Silver Award winning educators, and every teacher who has gone above and beyond, inspiring and shaping our future generations to be the best they can be.”