Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, hosted the Pearson Teaching Awards on the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons.
It is the sixth year in a row that he has hosted the Teaching Awards reception, where exceptional teachers from around across the UK are invited to meet with their local MPs and celebrated for their outstanding commitment to inspiring young people through their role in the classroom.
In his welcome speech, Alok spoke about the crucial role that teachers play in the development of their students. He also reflected on how people will often have one or two teachers who stick with them as role models through their whole lives. After Alok spoke, there were speeches from Steve Munby, Chair of the Awards and Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education.
The teachers in attendance had all received Pearson Silver Teaching Awards. The Teaching Awards Trust was established in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating excellence in education. The Pearson National Teaching Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching and highlight just how vital success in education is to the health and wealth of the UK. The charity’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education, through the annual Pearson National Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign.
Alok Sharma said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to host the Pearson Teaching Awards for the sixth year in a row. Every year I look forward to meeting fantastic teachers from around the country who have gathered here in Parliament to be celebrated. I congratulate them all for being recognised with this award, and wish them all the best of luck at the televised Gold Award ceremony held later in the year.”
Mary Palmer, Director of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “Thank you very much for hosting us for the 6th year at the Pearson Teaching Awards Silver Winners Tea. Alok Sharma was a gracious host as always and spoke with such sincerity about the important role that teachers have in our society. It was greatly appreciated by myself, the Teaching Awards team and board, and of course all the fabulous Silver Award-winning teachers we were there to celebrate!”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to honour them at the House of Commons today. Recognising and celebrating teachers for the lasting impact they have on young people's lives is crucial, and that’s why Pearson is delighted to support these Awards every year.”
Photos: Alok Sharma MP at Pearson Teaching Awards