Lifetime achievement award for Sheffield teacher

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Bill Lynn of Firth Park Academy in Sheffield has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category, The Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.

Selected from thousands of nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2016, Bill’s is one of just 55 celebrations which will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day, June 17, when prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards are be presented to outstanding local heroes of education.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are 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.

Bill will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on October 23, where ten Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award. Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock.

The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: ‘It’s an honour for us to support the Teaching Awards each year. Research shows that great teaching has the biggest impact on a child’s education so it’s vital for us to recognise and celebrate Inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation. All those receiving a silver trophy today should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”