Teaching Assistant of the Year Finalist

Teaching Assistant of the Year Finalist

James Havbro from Ark Blacklands Primary Academy in Hastings has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.

Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from across the UK and James joins a list of 67 exceptional teachers who are the Teaching Awards “stars” of the education profession for 2015.

Finalists will find out if they have received a Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 12 June 2015.  Winners will then be invited to the star-studded UK final to be held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in October 2015 which is filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

The Pearson Teaching Awards were established by David (Lord) Puttnam in 1999, to celebrate and recognize outstanding educational professionals.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said: ‘I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards. I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.’

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK and Core Markets, said:  ‘Pearson is proud to support the Teaching Awards and the finalists should be so proud of their achievements.  This is a moment to celebrate their incredible commitment to the profession and the hundreds of lives they are changing for the better.’

James Havbro was nominated by Ark Blacklands Academy for his outstanding contribution to children’s engagement and learning.  James works with a wide range of pupils, including those with challenging needs.  Without James’ support, some of these pupils may not have succeeded within mainstream education.

James has also worked tirelessly to create and maintain an outdoor learning environment at the academy.  Working weekends and during the summer holidays, he brought local builders and businesses on board to support our ethos.  This has included local building firms helping with the ground works and donations from local businesses for a vegetable plot.  Soon the children will be eating vegetables at lunchtimes they grew themselves!
Ark Blacklands Academy Headteacher Lorraine Clarke said: “All of us at Ark Blacklands are thrilled to hear that James has been selected as a finalist for the Pearson Teaching Awards.
“James’ outdoor learning centre has become a hugely important part of the school community and his commitment to Ark Blacklands pupils has been invaluable to students who have been struggling in the classroom.”