Local teacher in the running to be named one of ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2017’

  • Shane Guildford of South Cheshire College is to attend the prestigious UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards
  • Nomination follows the acceptance of a Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession

On Sunday 22nd October, Shane will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden, London, where he will find out if he has won a prestigious Gold Plato Award.  Shane was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues in the South Cheshire College community.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on 29th October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, and is an annual event that celebrates the very best of the UK’s teaching profession. Eleven Gold Plato awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Shane was recognised for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning his award in the category The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year.

Shane is a leader in disseminating good practice use of technology across College. Predominantly working with level 1 and entry level 3 learners in hospitality and catering, Shane innovatively uses technology to inspire and engage his learners. Through this creativity, he ensures that learners are given the best opportunity to progress both in and outside the classroom environment. His drive and desire to give his learners the most fantastic learning experience is truly inspirational. Shane’s vision for the use of technology is that everything should be learner led, to promote learners practical and social skills, and is always available to mentor his students, regardless of time. Shane has extremely high standards and this has been reflected in his retention and continual course success.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author and President of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “Great teaching improves the life chances of our children. It’s an incredibly tough, pressured and wearing job. Teachers deserve all the support we can give them, now more than ever. That’s why these Pearson teaching awards are important, and that’s why I’m delighted once again to lend our support to giving teaching the recognition it deserves.”