Leeds school collects £5,000 prize as it is named the winner of a national award for teaching excellence

A Leeds school has collected £5,000 in prize money after it was named the winner of a national award for teaching excellence.

By Alex Grant
Tuesday, 15th March 2022, 4:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2022, 12:34 pm

Education charity, the PTI, announced the Mathematics Department at Leeds West Academy in Leeds as the winner for the Bernice McCabe Award at a ceremony held at the Mercers’ Hall, London.

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Education charity, the PTI, announced the Mathematics Department at Leeds West Academy in Leeds as the winner for the Bernice McCabe Award at a Ceremony last at the Mercers’ Hall, London.

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The Award celebrates excellence in subject leadership in schools, recognising departments that put quality subject teaching at the heart of the classroom.

The Award celebrates excellence in subject leadership in schools, recognising departments that put quality subject teaching at the heart of the classroom.

A £5,000 prize and trophy is awarded annually to an exceptional department which demonstrates the ethos and values of the PTI through their work within and beyond the curriculum.

Richard Jagger, Curriculum Leader of Maths at Leeds West Academy said: “Leeds West Academy's Maths Department has been working towards developing and delivering a highly ambitious curriculum, which over the past three years has seen the Maths results and student engagement continue to grow.

"The PTI has offered invaluable support and guidance to the entire department, offering fantastic Maths CPD alongside thought provoking sessions with like-minded leaders.”

Education charity, the PTI, announced the Mathematics Department at Leeds West Academy in Leeds as the winner for the Bernice McCabe Award.

The Mathematics Department at Leeds West Academy was announced as the winner for its exceptional leadership and impressive teacher subject expertise.

Pupils have developed an enthusiasm for mathematics which has led to a significant increase in students taking higher tier GCSE mathematics, and improved exam success.

The department’s passion and energy has led to a significant number of pupils participating in voluntary Saturday mathematics sessions.

Carolyn Roberts, Co-Director, the PTI said: “The PTI is delighted to announce the Mathematics Department at Leeds West Academy as the winner of the respected Bernice McCabe Award.

"Schools up and down the country have tirelessly supported their students during the pandemic in making sure they have received the highest standard of subject teaching from beginning to end."

Judges were particularly impressed by the subject confidence and enthusiasm of students of all aptitudes as a direct consequence of the teaching quality and commitment of staff at the school.

Students said: “Teachers have helped me to see that I understand and enjoy maths. They manage a perfect balance between independence and support and the Saturdays sessions don’t feel like work."

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