We are absolutely delighted to announce that one of our amazing teachers from Northern Counties School, Ashleigh, has won The Pearson’s National Teaching Silver Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. She is one of just 76 Silver winners for outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.
Ashleigh works in our Autism provision at Northern Counties School and regularly goes above and beyond for our wonderful students. She has designed Christmas pumpkins as opposed to Halloween pumpkins-due to a pupil’s fear, organised trips to museums, raised funds through pupil pop-ups and has put together a series of Lego therapy sessions.
Ashleigh is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards, later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC.
This morning we surprised Ashleigh with the fantastic news in a socially distanced assembly with some of her wonderful students, as well as life size photos of her mum, brother and friends Lauren and Austen! Staff from all over the foundation also joined in an online celebration to congratulate their colleague.
Colleague Carra-Lynn said “Ashleigh is a pleasure to work with, gives everything to all of the kids. She is so passionate about teaching and we’re lucky to have her.”
Feedback from families included Issac’s mum Sarah, who said “Ashleigh did an amazing job to bring Issac on, reducing the amount of support he needed and built his confidence.” Billy’s parents said, “Billy has settled in beautifully in the short amount of time he’s been here.” As well as Ashleigh’s student Dylan who was keen to personally congratulate her “well done for winning the award, you’re a great teacher.”
Jo Allen our Headteacher at Hedleys Northern Counties School, said:
“Ashleigh’s dedication to her role of teaching young autistic people who present with significant communication difficulties and behaviours that challenge was celebrated by her students, colleagues and the parents of current and past students.
“As a new teacher, who has progressed from starting out as a Special Support Assistant in the school in 2015, she is an shining example of the type of people we really need in the teaching profession and has an intuitive understanding of what each of her students’ needs are in order to progress. Today Ashleigh thanked the students and her colleagues and is now looking forward to finding out later in the year if she has won the Gold Award.”
Ashleigh said “The only reason I’ve won this award is because support staff are amazing and the students are the best in the world.”
You deserve it Ashleigh, well done!