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PM hosts Pearson Teaching Awards winners

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PM: 22,000 teachers from across UK are thought of so highly that they were nominated for Teaching Award

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has hosted a reception for award-winning teachers  at Downing Street to celebrate excellence in education.  

The 2011 Pearson Teaching Awards took place on Sunday 30th October at a star-studded ceremony celebrating excellence in education. Hosted by Lenny Henry, celebrity presenters included Hollywood star Minnie Driver, legendary fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, comedian Al Murray and ‘Downton Abbey’ actress Elizabeth McGovern.   

All UK and regional winners from 2011 and 2010 were invited to the reception hosted by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 2 November. 

Prime Minister, David Cameron said:

  ”It’s incredibly encouraging to know that over 22,000 teachers from across the UK are thought of so highly by their pupils, colleagues and local community that they were nominated for a Teaching Award. This is a testament to the thousands of hard-working and inspirational teachers there are in the country and everyone who was nominated should be proud of the impact they have clearly had on the lives of the children they teach

I would especially like to congratulate the winners who I met in Downing Street. I heard some amazing stories of the passion these teachers bring to the classroom and their drive not just to teach but to make a real difference in their schools. Each one of them should be proud of this achievement.

Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK said:

Pearson is delighted to be  supporting the Teaching Awards.  At Pearson we believe in learning and its power to change lives. We know that the people who really make learning flourish are teachers, and it is vital to recognise some of the exceptional work going on in classrooms around the UK today.

See more photographs of the event.