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posted 19 May 2014, 03:16 by Phil Broughton

Jack Costello playing table tennis
2014 Pearson Teaching Award Winners announced

Jack Costello of Richmond Park Academy, London has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Selected from over 20,000 nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2014, Jack’s is one of just 55 celebrations which will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day, 16 May 2014, when prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards will be presented to outstanding local heroes of education.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognize the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

About Jack Costello

Collage of photographs of Jack Costello
Jack Costello is an exceptional leader of his PE Department at Richmond Park Academy. He recognises the central role of Sport in school; as one colleague commented, “Through Jack's leadership our PE department has built an atmosphere of trust and respect so that students know it doesn't matter what they are good at but that the important thing is to take part. Jack makes all his students feel they can achieve and participate.” One of the most admirable skills this gifted teacher has is the ability to give his students confidence in themselves; he empowers them. There is strong mutual respect between Mr Costello, the students and his colleagues and he encourages the children to take ownership of their own learning and to excel, not because they have to but because they want to. The pupils think Mr Costello is “awesome”, his colleagues admire and respect him and our parents hold him in high regard. He is truly a worthy winner of this prestigious Award.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the Teaching Awards said, “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards. I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.” Jack will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards at London’s Guildhall on 26th October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Award. The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

Rod Bristow, President of Core Markets at Pearson, said: “Everyone can remember a teacher who inspired and challenged them so it's important to say thank you. It is great teaching that makes the biggest difference to learning and that's why great teachers must be recognised”.

For more information please contact Sophie Byatt at The Pearson Teaching Awards

T: 07703 566455


The Pearson Teaching Awards is open to every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity. The Trust’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education.

The Teaching Awards is sponsored by Pearson, the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.