WATCH: Prime minister congratulates Britain's Global Teacher Prize winner in House of Commons

Theresa May took the opportunity to praise Andria Zafiakou – the art and textiles teacher who is the first British winner of the $1m Global Teacher Prize – in prime minister's questions today

Kate Parker

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Theresa May congratulated the first-ever British winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou, in parliament today.  

She said that the award – which is worth $1 million (about £720,000) and is paid in equal annual installments over 10 years – was a recognition of all of the work that art and textiles teacher does.

Ms Zafirakou, assistant head of Alperton Community School in Brent, north-west London, was named as the winner at the end of the Global Education and Skills Conference in Dubai, where she was presented with her prize by Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah.

In a video message live-streamed to the ceremony in Dubai on Sunday evening, Ms May said: “Being a great teacher requires resilience, ingenuity, and a generous heart. These are the qualities that you share with your students every day. So thank you for all you have done and continue to do.”

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