Hinds thanks teachers for their selfless work

Damian Hinds used his speech at the Pearson National Teaching Awards to hail teachers for the life-changing contribution they make to young people’s lives.

The Education Secretary met short-listed teachers and praised them, and all 450,000 teachers across England, for their selfless and dedicated work in inspiring young people.

He said: “To be shortlisted from thousands of applications across the UK is an extraordinary achievement and a testament to your commitment to the profession. In my time as Education Secretary I’ve visited over 100 schools and getting out and about and into classrooms is one of the best bits of my job because I get a chance to see the fantastic teaching and learning that is your every day.

“I am sure you all know better than me, how rewarding a career in teaching can be, but I’m also acutely aware, that at times it can be a challenging one. Over the summer holidays I hope you will take some time to reflect on your fantastic achievements and special moments from the last academic year.”

The brilliance and hardworking efforts of teaching staff and schools across the country were also highlighted at the Education Business Awards which took place at the start of June.

See the winning entries here.

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