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: Shane Guildford of South Cheshire College in Crewe wins a Silver Teaching Award in the category
It all starts with an amazing teacher!
Published: June 16, 2017

Shane Guildford of South Cheshire College wins a Silver Teaching Award in the category, The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year


Selected from thousands of nominations, Shane Guildford, from Crewe, Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering at South Cheshire College is one of just 56 winners to be recognised on Thank a Teacher Day, 16 June 2017.


As a local hero of education, Shane was presented with his prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards at a surprise event at the College’s The Academy restaurant.


The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, created to recognize the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.


Jasbir Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at South and West Cheshire College, said: “Shane innovatively uses technology to inspire and engage learners here at College.  Through his creativity, he ensures that learners are given the best opportunity to progress both in and outside the classroom environment. His willingness to continually go above and beyond and his drive and desire to give his learners the most fantastic learning experience is truly inspirational.”


Shane will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 22nd October.  There, they will find out which of them has won one of just 11 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.


This ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.  Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron & Tony Blair, acting legends Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West and sports and TV personalities including Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.


Shane said: “I feel completely honoured and privileged to be receiving this award.  A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity by my manager to champion the use of technology in the classroom and we have never looked back.  I would like to thank my family, managers, colleagues and students for their support and I would like to dedicate this award to the whole team since that is what we are – a team!”


Newly appointed President of the Pearson Teaching Awards, the award winning children’s novelist, Michael Morpurgo says Becoming an inspirational teacher is a serious, admirable commitment.  And memorable, outstanding teaching should be celebrated by educators, pupils, parents and throughout society.  With these awards we’re taking the time to recognise the remarkable, often unappreciated efforts of fantastic teachers up and down the country.”


Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: It’s an honour for us to support the Teaching Awards each year. Great teaching can have a huge impact on a child’s education so it’s vital for us to recognise and celebrate inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and for improving the life chances of the next generation.  All those receiving a silver trophy today should feel extremely proud of their achievement and I Iook forward to meeting them at the final ceremony later this year.”