30 Apr 2015 - Y6 Teacher Jolene Swan has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards!



Miss Swan has been confirmed as a Silver Teaching Award winner! She will now attend the awards ceremony in London in October where one winner from each category will be selected to receive the Gold Plato award!


Miss Jolene Swan from Brightlingsea Junior School has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.


Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from across the UK and Jolene 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 said: ‘Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK. Pearson has long held lifelong learning to be at the heart of all its business. All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through     education. That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next     generation.’


Claire Claydon, Headteacher at Brightlingsea Junior School said: “I am delighted that Miss Swan has been nominated for an award by one of our parents. Miss Swan has a gift for understanding children and unlocking their potential. She takes the time to get to know the children in her class really well, so that she really understands the bigger picture for each child. She looks to see what might hinder their learning and how she can address this. Miss Swan is exceptionally good at making children believe in themselves and boosting their self-esteem.


It is a joy to observe Miss Swan teach, she really understands how to motivate and  inspire pupils and she instills such confidence in them.


Miss Jolene Swan does not realise how talented a teacher she is. She is very humble and she will not feel that she deserves to be nominated for a teaching award because she will feel she is just doing her job. But, as Headteacher, I see how hard she works and how much extra she puts in and how children in her classes thrive. A child in her class is very lucky to have her as their teacher and as a school we are very lucky to have her working in our school.”


Miss Jolene Swan has been nominated for this award by Fay Wilson, a parent governor at our school whose daughter was in Miss Swan’s class last year. She wrote:


“As we come to the end of my daughters time at Brightlingsea Junior School I wanted to take the time to thank Miss Swan for supporting my daughter this year. Her last year has had its challenges for my daughter but Miss Swan has helped her overcome so much, she has supported her when needed, been patient, kind, caring and a friend too, you have helped her to become a more confident, assertive person, and I am very proud of my daughter and the person you have helped her become. I wanted to let you know how thankful we are to have had you in her life, we will never forget you and you deserve to be recognised for all your hard work and going beyond.” 


To be a finalist is a fantastic achievement - well done Miss Swan!