Friday is glamour night

11th July 2008 at 01:00
Teachers put on the glitz last week for awards ceremony recognising inspiration and innovation
Teachers put on the glitz last week for awards ceremony recognising inspiration and innovation

It may not be the Oscars, but teachers brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to Cardiff last Friday night.

The annual New Directions Inspirational Teacher Awards - sponsored by TES Cymru - were held at the city's Mercure Holland House Hotel.

Ten trophy-winning teachers and support staff were awarded "gongs" made of Welsh slate after walking the red carpet during a glittering ceremony.

It is the fourth year running that the dedication of teachers and support staff has been celebrated.

Nominations for this year's awards, including two new categories for inspirational supply teacher and supply teacher support, were made by heads, colleagues, and even pupils.

Rhoda Williams, head of catering and textiles at Willows High School in Cardiff, won the secondary teacher award. She was nominated by her head, Mal Davies, for inspiring pupils to cook.

Other winners included special educational needs teacher Jane Pereira, who has worked at Ysgol Erw'r Delyn in Penarth for 27 years.

Anne Rees, who has led Cardiff's Grangetown Primary out of tough times, won the award for inspirational primary head.

Main speaker Gary Brace, chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Wales, said the profession had gained greater respect in the past 10 years.

"There appears to be, and has been for some time, a real recognition of the rightful place of teachers in the education system."

Barrie Phillips, former deputy head of Fitzalan High in Cardiff, spoke as TES Cymru's special guest. During his address, he told teachers that they, along with parents, should not be consumed by educational statistics

"Education is about that special relationship that leaves an indelible mark and desire for learning," he said.

TES Cymru will be featuring all the winners individually in forthcoming editions.

AWARD WINNERS

Supply Teacher: Ben Edwards

Supply Teacher Support: Samantha Dowler

Primary Teacher: Jonathan Bussy, Llanedeyrn Primary School, Cardiff

Secondary Teacher: Rhoda Williams, Willows High School, Cardiff

Special Educational Needs Teacher: Jane Pereira, Ysgol Erw'r Delyn, Penarth

Teacher Support: Helen Faulkner, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Education Ancillary Staff: Gina Evans, Blackwood Comprehensive School, Caerphilly

Primary Headteacher: Anne Rees, Grangetown Primary School, Cardiff

Secondary Headteacher: Gareth Matthewson, Whitchurch High School, Cardiff

Special Educational Needs Headteacher: Christine Matthews, The Hollies Special School, Cardiff.

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