North East talent awarded prizes

Trinity College has helped celebrate students, teachers and school leaders from across the North East of England who have received national recognition for making stand-out contributions to their communities.

Outstanding students and school leaders awarded prestigious Lord Glenamara Memorial prizes for success and contributions to their communities.

This year there were nine winners of the prestigious Lord Glenamara prize, an annual award that shines a spotlight on talent from across the North East. Further prize categories were added this year to celebrate the great achievements and talents from young people across the region in technical education, emerging teaching talent and also those involved in pastoral care and careers education. The increased scope of the prize forms part of Opportunity North East (ONE), a programme aimed at improving educational and employment outcomes in the region.
This year’s awards were given out in a virtual ceremony attended by Schools Minister, Baroness Berridge and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Among the prizes this year were an Excellence in English award, sponsored by Trinity College on behalf of Oxford University. The Award was given to Kay Straughan from Gillas Lane Primary Academy in Sunderland, one of Trinity’s link regions for outreach activity.

Hannah Rolley, Trinity’s Head of Access, presented the award to Kay Straughan, saying: ‘Kay has clearly shown a passion for and commitment to raising teaching standards and learning outcomes in relation to the reading skills of pupils across the school. Her driven approach has brought about fundamental change in school culture in just over two years, with a significant impact on young learners’ reading abilities. We can all see the implications this will undoubtedly have on attainment more broadly, making such a difference on the lives and educational outcomes of the pupils in Kay’s school.’

Posted: 27 October 2020

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