At the Tes School Awards held in June, New Teacher of the Year was awarded to Abed Ahmed, a teacher at Washwood Heath Academy in Birmingham, well known as @stammer_teacher on Twitter.
"Personally, I wanted to always work at the school I attended as a pupil so I could give back to my old teachers and my local community. I felt I had an advantage also going back as it would help me to relate to the pupils better. I acted as a real role model for those pupils. They knew I was the same as them, this was the most important thing"
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said:
“Students are inspired by teachers every day, but they often don’t consider a career in teaching. I hope that Tomorrow’s Teachers encourages more teachers to talk up their own vocation to the next generation of teaching talent. It provides all the tools that teachers need to explore the rewarding world of teaching with an enthusiastic group of students – something that will hopefully create many more teachers in years to come, which the UK badly needs.”
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Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching said:
"We are working to celebrate our teachers and raise the status of the profession and this programme is a great way to show young people how important a teacher’s job is to the future of society. Tomorrow’s Teachers will help to inspire pupils to pursue a career in teaching and will help in creating a new cohort of engaged and passionate teachers in years to come.”
"NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman said:
“Schools are struggling to recruit teachers quickly enough, so Tomorrow’s Teachers is one way that they can develop teaching talent from the pupils in their own classrooms right now. Teachers do so much to prepare young people for the world of work, but often don’t promote their own profession. This programme is a great idea, as it supports teachers to inspire students to follow in their footsteps.”"