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Latton Green Primary teacher honoured with National Teaching Award Silver Award

Education / Fri 27th May 2022 am31 07:50am

ARLENE Dilloway, a teaching assistant at Latton Green Primary Academy in Harlow is named one of just 80 Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Award winners across the country. Arlene is honoured with a Silver Award in the category of Teaching Assistant of the Year for her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children she works with every day.

Arlene joined Latton Green Primary Academy, part of the successful NET Academies Trust, in 2020. She worked as a 1:1 before furthering her career as a teaching assistant. Arlene provides above and beyond support to not only the pupils in her classroom but to all those at Latton Green. She has worked tirelessly on supporting children impacted by Covid 19 by providing high-quality speech and language sessions, focused phonic groups, daily interventions, breaking barriers, and catch-up reading sessions, all whilst supporting the structured teaching in the classroom.

As a Silver Award winner, Arlene has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme to be broadcast on the BBC. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders to bring together their local communities despite the challenges of the past few years.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 23rd year of celebrating our school staff across the UK.

Rebecca Gregorio, class teacher at Latton Green Primary Academy, said:

“It was once said that ‘A teacher affects eternity: they can never tell where their influence stops’, a quote that sits with one person in my mind. That person is Arlene Dilloway. She is a teaching assistant like no other. She is a trail blazer, a thought provoker and a spark of joy in my classroom. She was exactly what I needed when I didn’t even know it.”

Jo Coton, Chief Executive Officer of NET Academies Trust, said:

“Arlene thoroughly deserves this prestigious nomination. Across our Trust and academies we have an outstanding staff team – Arlene typifies how they go above and beyond, and how they always put the pupils first. We are all very proud of Arlene.”

Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Schools at Pearson UK, said:

“Congratulations to today’s Silver Award winners on their incredible achievement, they should all feel very proud of themselves. And thank you to all the incredible educators and support staff across this country who really do make our schools and colleges so special. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate all that you do for the young people in your care.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Congratulations to Arlene on this incredible achievement, and for the hard work and dedication which led up to it. Winning this award is impressive, well-deserved and shows Arlene’s commitment to helping students achieve their full potential.”

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“For so many of us, it was someone at school who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, and set us on a path that we have followed ever since. 

“No matter who we are, school has touched our lives and played a central role in our childhoods. School is about so much more than learning, and we see that now more than ever before. Schools really are the beating heart of our communities. Every person that cares for our children in schools should be celebrated loud and clear on Thank A Teacher Day 2022.”

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2 Comments for Latton Green Primary teacher honoured with National Teaching Award Silver Award:

Dan Ryan
2022-05-27 11:20:57

Very well done Arlene. I never had the pleasure of working with you, but I always knew that the support staff at Latton Green were quite frankly brilliant. Us teachers couldn't do the job without you and it's great that you're getting the recognition for that. Well done again.

Kay Morrison
2022-05-28 05:32:13

Congratulations, Arlene. To have achieved so much already is phenomenal! Your attitude, your skills, your commitment are changing lives. You're a role model and you're a humdinger. Thanks. Keep on doing it!!

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