Great End to Year for New Teacher of the YearJanet Burrows
Selected from thousands of nominations, Sam Craggs has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Just before the end of term, in a surprise outdoor celebration in School, Sam was presented with a Silver Award by Headteacher Rob Williams, who won Secondary Head of the Year in last year’s Awards.
There are numerous reasons why Sam, who is incredibly highly regarded by his colleagues, has been nominated for this Award: He has real commitment to each and every one of his students, taking time to carefully tailor his lessons to get the best out of everyone in his classroom. Outside of lessons Sam has spent significant time developing his own pedagogy, attending lunchtime and afterschool TeachMeet sessions, as well as external training. Sam also already mentors teaching students and is regularly praised for his ability to support them in finding the most suitable training for them.
Speaking of his award, Sam said, “I am so incredibly shocked and grateful to win this Award and to be in the running for the gold award. I cannot thank everyone at Malton School enough for all their support and for continuing to allow me to grow in my pedagogy. James Muir, Head of Maths, and the entire Maths department, as well as staff throughout School have been so helpful and invaluable in my progression, allowing me to flourish. For me, the Award is a testament to Malton School and the culture that Rob Williams and the team have created.”
Sam has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.