The teachers were nominated by former pupils, now studying at the prestigious university, in recognition of their hard work and encouragement reports the TES.
The Inspirational Teachers scheme recognises the crucial role teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges. The students were all from selected UK state schools or colleges with a limited history and tradition of sending students to Oxford.
The teachers,who were nominated for Inspirational Teachers Awards by their former pupils, received their awards at a ceremony held at Oxford’s St Peter’s College.
Debra Walsh, a French teacher at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, Wales, was recognised after former pupil Elis Harrington, who is now studying Modern Languages at Jesus College, Oxford, nominated her.
Debra Walsh said, “My advice to students applying to university is never think that you have set the bar too high. If you aim high and you are committed, the opportunities and rewards are immeasurable.”
Samina Khan, director of undergraduate admissions and outreach at the university, said: “Teachers motivate and inspire students with a huge range of abilities and interests, and this year’s winning teachers also clearly showed faith in all their students.
“They have inspired students with their creativity and enthusiasm to be the best they possibly can be and deserve recognition for that above all. I hope this award goes some way to saying thank you.”
How can more pupils from state schools be encouraged to apply to universities like Oxford? Can you remember your most inspirational teacher? Please send us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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