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Uxbridge teacher wins national award - now watch him on TV
FAMOUS faces gathered in Covent Garden on Sunday for the Pearson Teaching Awards, at which an Uxbridge teacher scooped one of ten national awards.
Jonathon Churchill, head of computer science at Uxbridge High School, won the award for outstanding use of technology in education.
Mr Churchill described the awards, hosted by Clare Balding, as a fantastic expression of thanks to the teaching profession.
“It wasn’t just me getting the award, it was also for the whole school and all the staff. It’s the result of a big team effort,” he said.
Mo Farah was among those who presented the awards, alongside Alan Watkinson, the sports teacher who first spotted and encouraged Mo’s running talent at a West London school.
Others who presented awards included Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Esther Rantzen, Sir Terry Wogan, Ronnie Corbett and actors Warwick Davis and Samantha Womack.
Messages of support and thanks for the teachers were given by Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, Jennifer Saunders and Lorraine Kelly.
Mr Churchill joined Uxbridge High School as a newly-qualified teacher four years ago and was the youngest teacher to win an award on Sunday.
In his time at the school, he has risen rapidly to become head of his department and has radically changed the way computer science is taught, attracting increasing numbers of students to the subject.
More than half of students at the school now choose it at GCSE, with 55% achieving an A* or A grade in 2012, and 100% achieving C or above - results which broke the school’s record for any subject.
“I’m just going to carry on doing what I usually do. It seems to be working,” said Mr Churchill.
The judges said he was a special ingredient.
“Wherever he goes you know he has been there. You can see the trail of improvement,” they said.
The Pearson Awards were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, the film producer and former education minister, to thank teachers for inspiring generations of children.
A TV programme showing the ceremony and the winners at work, called Britain’s Classroom Heroes, will be broadcast on Sunday, October 27, on BBC2 at 5.30pm.