Three UK teachers have been shortlisted for the “world’s best teacher” award, in which the winner will take home $1m (£800,000). The Independent reports.
Emma Russo, a physics teacher from London, Andrew Moffat, an assistant headteacher from Birmingham and music teacher Jimmy Rotheram from Bradford are all in the running for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, which is now in its fifth year.
The winner will be selected from the top 50 shortlist which will be narrowed down by a committee to 10 finalists, who will be revealed in February.
Mr Moffat is the assistant head and a personal social health education teacher at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, whose “No Outsiders” programme teaches inclusiveness and reduces the potential for radicalisation among students.
Mr Moffat, who was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2017 for services to education, runs an after-school club which helps create opportunities for children at his school – where 99 per cent of students are Muslim – to meet people of different races, religions and cultures around Birmingham.
Also shortlisted is Ms Russo, who teaches at the all-girls South Hampstead High School in London, and uses techniques including virtual reality headsets to encourage her students to share her passion for science.
She also regularly sets up video calls between scientists and pupils, helping to improve students’ confidence and grades, with one class achieving 100% A-A* grades in physics.
Mr Rotheram teaches music at Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire, where every child is given a minimum of three music lessons per week.
His approach to teaching music follows aspects of the Kodaly approach, a nurturing rather than critical method that has led to many pupils from poorer or minority backgrounds becoming keen musicians.
Mr Rotheram’s teaching helped take his school, in one of the most impoverished areas of the country, from special measures to the top 10 per cent of schools in England for progressing children’s learning in core subjects.
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