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Thank a Teacher Day 2017 honours Principal's leadership

Karen Hammond, Principal of Ravens Academy in Clacton, is a Teaching Awards Silver Winner

Posted by Hannah Vickers | June 19, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Karen Hammond, Principal of Ravens Academy in Clacton, has been named a Classroom Hero for her leadership skills.

Karen Hammond has been principal since 2014. Her exceptional leadership qualities have led to an outstanding transformation at Ravens Academy in Clacton, Essex , one of the more deprived areas of the country.

Thank a Teacher Day 2017, the Pearson Teaching Awards were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the significant impact of inspirational teachers on the lives of their young pupils. This year, the awards have announced 56 Silver Winners in UK schools. 

Following thousands of nominations, tens of celebrations will take place today in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales as the Silver Winner status is presented to outstanding local heroes of education.

When Karen arrived at the academy it was in Ofsted special measures, attendance was poor, and low levels of achievement saw the academy constantly fall below standard - a world away from the thriving scene today

When Karen arrived at the academy it was in Ofsted special measures, attendance was poor, and low levels of achievement saw the academy constantly fall below standard - a world away from the thriving scene today.

Under Karen’s leadership, the academy has transformed and secured significant improvement in Ofsted performance. Its 2016, academic results placed the academy in the top 20% in the country and in the top 1% of schools for progress in reading, for which it has received a SSAT Educational Outcomes Award.

As well as earning the respect and admiration of all the pupils, teachers and the wider academy community, Karen has received external recognition of her achievement. In 2016, she was named Essex Head Teacher of the Year. 

Karen has made an enriching impact of every pupil, parent and teacher she works alongside. Karen has led this improvement through her vision that everything can be improved, every problem can be overcome and that no child will be allowed to fail.

Outstanding rating for Leadership during the Ofsted inspection in June 2015. The report states “Leaders are strongly focused on the pupils’ achievement and good behaviour, and on ensuring high quality teaching. However, alongside this, they provide pupils and many of their families with the high-quality support and care they need due to the disadvantaged nature of many pupils’ backgrounds. Because of this, the academy has made rapid improvements over the past two years in all aspects of its work.” 

All Silver Winners are invited to the annual Awards Ceremony in London on 22nd October. There, they will find out which of them has won one of just 11 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.

The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron & Tony Blair, acting legends Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West and sports and TV personalities including Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain. 

The Teaching Awards Trust today also welcomes celebrated author and former Children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo as its new President. Mr Morpurgo will support the charity’s mission to celebrate excellence in education through the annual Pearson Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign. 

Becoming an inspirational teacher is a serious, admirable commitment. And memorable, outstanding teaching should be celebrated by educators, pupils, parents and throughout society - Michael Morpurgo, President of the Teaching Awards Trust

Morpurgo says “Becoming an inspirational teacher is a serious, admirable commitment. And memorable, outstanding teaching should be celebrated by educators, pupils, parents and throughout society. With these awards, we’re taking the time to recognise the remarkable, often unappreciated efforts of fantastic teachers up and down the country.”

Award Categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Excellence in Special Needs
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • FE Teacher/ Lecturer of the Year
  • Outstanding School Team of the Year
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Outstanding Use of Technology

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