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‘Inspirational’ Liverpool teacher wins award

A teacher from Childwall Sports & Science Academy has won a Silver Award at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Assistant headteacher Christine Williams, who also teaches geography and sociology, was praised for creating a ‘positive climate of trust’ with students and changing their lives.

Christine has been teaching for 12 years and works across many different areas in the school, including Year 6 transition, school training for staff and has even implemented an in-house tracking system to help students who fall behind in their studies.

One student said Christine has brought them up to believe they can do ‘absolutely anything’, adding: “We all feel that if we have any worries about anything we can go to her any time of the day and she will always have the time to listen. All students truly appreciate her.”

Headteacher James Kerfoot nominated Christine for the national accolade which celebrates outstanding local heroes of education across England, Ireland and Wales.

James said: “Christine Williams is quite simply the best teacher I have ever worked with. I am a headteacher who has taught for 23 years and I have never come across anyone as dedicated and inspirational.

“To walk into her classroom is to see total engagement from her students, who are inspired to learn and to produce work far beyond their potential.

“Christine is effectively the ‘face of Childwall’ as I asked her to work on Primary Transition to ensure student numbers and I now have a huge number of parents of Year 5 and 6 pupils citing Christine as the reason they wish to attend our school.”

The school celebrated the award win by hosting a whole school assembly and surprising Christine with the news.

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