A teacher said he was “over the moon” to find he’d won a national teaching award after he was nominated by his own pupils.
Ray Chambers, an IT teacher at Uppingham Community College, was awarded the Silver Teaching Award in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015.
The awards were founded by Lord Puttnam in 1999 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional teachers and are unveiled on ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, which fell on Friday last week.
Ray was told he’d won the award in front of staff at the school.
Speaking to the Mercury afterwards, he said: “I just found out and I didn’t expect it at all.
“You do your job and try to get the kids where they need to be but you never expect to get any kind of recognition for it so this is really nice.
“I’m just over the moon really.”
Ray received his award in the award for outstanding use of technology in education category.
He was nominated by a group of pupils after helping them reach the European finals of a gaming competition.
Ray was selected by a panel of judges for the Silver Teaching Award and all the winners are invited to a celebratory tea at the House of Commons next month.
All Silver Award winners are then considered for a Gold Award, which will be announced at a Pearson Teaching Awards Gala UK Ceremony in London in October. The awards are filmed and broadcast on BBC2.
Jan Turner is principal at Uppingham Community College.
She said: “I am delighted that Ray has received this award as his enthusiasm, commitment and innovation are exceptional and it is difficult to envisage how anyone could be more dedicated to his role as an educator through his work with the young people in his lessons, his colleagues in college and the wider community locally, nationally and globally.
“If every school in the country was blessed with a Mr Chambers IT teaching would be in good hands for our future generations.”