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Uxbridge teacher awaits announcement of national awards
IT'S not all unrest in our classrooms this autumn. Just three days after a London-wide strike this week, an Uxbridge teacher is looking forward to the Pearson Teaching Awards on Sunday.
Jonathon Churchill, of Uxbridge High School, who received the Pearson Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education for London and the South East in May, is now in the running for a national honour.
“It was such a shock when I found out I’d won in May. I was really proud,” said Mr Churchill, who is head of Computer Science.
“I’ve had amazing support. The kids were let out of lessons to speak to the judges when they came to the school and loads of people are coming to the award ceremony.
“I don’t mind if I don’t win because I don’t like making speeches. I’d have to make a speech in front of 10,000 people.
“But, even if I don’t win, the kids are really proud. It’s nice for them to have a teacher that’s been nationally recognised.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: "We want to recognise and support inspirational teachers for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.
"It's really important we create opportunities to say thank-you."
The words are timely as unions clash with the Government over issues in the teaching profession.
Reasons quoted for this week's strike are excessive workload and bureaucracy, cuts and other changes to teachers pay, adverse changes to teachers’ pensions and job cuts.
Mr Churchill said teachers felt the education system was focused on results, and that there had been a lot of changes, rushed through too quickly, that were having a negative impact on students, too.
Mr Churchill was uncertain, when I spoke to him, on whether to join the strike action on Thursday (17).
The BBC will show a programme, hosted by Clare Balding, about the award ceremony on October 27 at 6pm.