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Britain’s classroom heroes

Mrs Christine Williams of Childwall Sports & Science Academy in Liverpool recently attended the prestigious UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards in London following her Silver award win in July.

Christine was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the Childwall Sports & Science Academy community.

The ceremony was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Country file’s Sean Fletcher, the awards are an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Awards were presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Christine was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 silver teaching award winners in the UK, winning her award in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

Assistant head of sixth form, Natalie Wray said: “Christine has been teaching at Childwall Sports & Science Academy since September 2005. She is an outstanding teacher who inspires every child that enters her classroom with creative approaches to teaching and learning and a passionate belief in the potential of every child.

“She became an assistant headteacher in 2013 and has become the ‘face of Childwall’; she has totally transformed the transition process from primary to secondary school and improved the school intake numbers.

“Students and parents have made Childwall their school of choice due to Christine and her impacts on whole school teaching and learning and achievement are huge. She is changing children’s lives daily.”

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

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