Teachers come in for a lot of flack – David Laws, the Education Minister is just the latest to take a pop, claiming that teachers fail to encourage children to ‘reach for the stars’.
I just hope he was watching the Teaching Awards yesterday afternoon on BBC2.
This is an annual event – the Oscars of the Teaching profession – and it is truly inspiring to watch.
For the past two years I have been involved in the production; this year drafted in just two days before the event as the producer was sick.
The awards took place a week before they were broadcast at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, and were presented by Clare Balding.
There was a palpable buzz about the place as the 49 finalists gathered, along with their supporters – pupils, colleagues and family, to find out who had won.
They had been whittled down from 20,000 nominations – all nominated by a pupil, parent or sometimes their head teacher, via the Teaching Awards website.
So, as well as attending the awards (albeit spending most of the time in an outside broadcast vehicle – aka ‘scanner’ or ‘truck’), I spent the last week in an edit suite, watching the awards again and again as we edited it down from about an hour and a half in length to the hour that was broadcast on Sunday.
I promise (or at least I hope) I didn’t take out anything of major significance and our production captured the spirit of what everyone who received their awards – and indeed those presenting them – had to say.
It was a truly inspiring, uplifting and at times moving event, and I urge anyone who remember to watch next time.