Local MP celebrates Thank a Teacher Day

This Thank a Teacher Day, Wednesday 19 June, local MP Maria Miller paid tribute to teachers across Basingstoke, whose hard work means that more children are gaining the education they need to get on in life.  The day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the huge difference teachers make to their students’ lives and recognise how their hard work has improved standards in schools across the country.

Maria was delighted to learn that a teacher from Basingstoke College of Technology won a Silver Pearson Teaching Award 2019. Established by Lord David Puttnam in 1998, the Teaching Awards celebrate excellence in education, often called “the Oscars for teachers”, we recognise exceptional professionals in the field of education. 

118 more schools in Hampshire are now rated good or outstanding than in2010, whilst 1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools nationally. Thanks to the dedication of our teachers, children’s reading and writing skills have improved, with 82 per cent of 6-year olds reading well now compared to only 58 per cent in 2012.

Commenting, Maria said:  “An inspirational teacher has a profound effect – not only on students’ academic achievements, but on their self-confidence and ambition too.

“I would like to congratulate Scott Hayden on winning a well-deserved Silver Pearson Teaching Award 2019. There can be no great schools without great teachers and I am consistently struck by the passion and dedication of teachers working in schools across Basingstoke – ensuring that all our children can fulfil their potential.”