The best in Welsh education revealed at 2019 Professional Teaching Awards
10 inspirational teachers and education professionals have been revealed as winners at the third Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.
29 finalists from all 4 corners of Wales, were invited to celebrate excellence in education in a special ceremony held at Soughton Hall, Mold. Welsh comedian Tudur Owen and Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams revealed the winners of the 10 categories.
Gruff Arfon from Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, was awarded Outstanding New Teacher. Nominated for his innovation and inclusive approach to teaching, he inspires all pupils across the school. The judges were impressed with Gruff’s innate calmness, and the way he puts pupils at the forefront of everything he does.
Gruff yesterday said:
I wasn’t expecting the award. It’s nice to get recognition for all the hard work with so many other teachers from across Wales. Everyone is working towards the same goal; to improve education for children.
Rhian Morgan Ellis from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda took home the award for Headteacher of the Year. Nominated for her long-lasting and wide-reaching impact on the whole school community, she impressed the judges with her commitment and dedication to improving the educational opportunities for her pupils.
Rhian yesterday said:
It's an honour to accept this award and it's great to receive this recognition from the Welsh Government. It's a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of the team at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda.”
- Outstanding New Teacher – Gruff Arfon, Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor
- Youth Work in Schools – Amy Bolderson, Pontypridd High School, Pontypridd
- Supporting Teachers and Learners – Emma Gray, Bassaleg School, Newport
- Best Use of Digital Learning - Phil Meredith, Caerleon Comprehensive, Caerleon
- School Business Manager / Bursar – Gwyn Jones, Ysgol Eirias, Conwy
- Inspirational Use of the Welsh Language – Mark Morgan, Pen Y Dre High School, Merthyr Tydfil
- Teacher of the Year – Allison Pope, Cwm Primary School, Ebbw Vale
- Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities – Gemma Carr Evans, Bridgend College, Bridgend
- Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relations with the Community – Cadoxton Primary School, Barry
- Headteacher of the Year - Rhian Morgan Ellis, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, Porth
The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, yesterday said:
A huge congratulations to all ten of this year’s Professional Teaching Awards Cymru winners. The calibre of nominees was so high that all of those who made it to the ceremony today deserve a massive round of applause for all their hard work and dedication.
The awards are a testament to the winners’ outstanding commitment to our education system in Wales. When we launched the awards three years ago it was because we wanted to celebrate the professionals dedicated to teaching our children day in and day out, and making our schools great places to learn.
Every year we have the opportunity to celebrate different aspects of teaching. This year we introduced the first Youth Work in Schools award, which recognises those who provide outstanding youth work and have an exceptional impact on the lives of young people in their school.
Our support workers, teachers and education professionals are integral to our education system and continue to put young people at the forefront of everything they do.
The awards ceremony is available to watch on Facebook @EducationWales from 6pm on Sunday 19 May.
All ten winners were presented with bespoke, hand-crafted Griffiths Jones trophies.
To view the full list of finalists and winners, visit: www.gov.wales/teachingawards. Join the conversation with #TeachingAwardsCymru and keep an eye on the Education Wales social channels @WG_Education/@EducationWales.
Latest News from
£24 million funding boost to accelerate new house building in Wales17/02/2020 11:05:00
A further £24 million is being injected immediately into building more new affordable homes in Wales, Housing Minister, Julie James has announced today.
More support for hard-to-reach EU citizens living in Wales14/02/2020 11:10:00
As the latest figures on applications to the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) are published, Counsel General Jeremy Miles announced more new funding for councils in Wales to boost numbers of applications from their area.
First Minister announces St David Awards finalists14/02/2020 10:20:00
A surfer, a police officer and former martial arts fighter have been named among the 2020 St David Awards finalists by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Blaenau Gwent teenager hoping Wales-first engineering course will be key to dream job14/02/2020 09:20:00
A Blaenau Gwent teenager enrolled on Wales’ first Advanced Composite Apprenticeship course has said she hopes it will help her land her dream job in the sector.
Wales looks forward to future relationship with its strongest trading partner as German Ambassador to UK visits key sites13/02/2020 16:05:00
Wales will do everything it can to continue its strong relationship with Germany – with trade links worth more than £3 billion – as the next phase of negotiations with the EU continue.
Additional £500,000 to support Town and Community Councils in Wales13/02/2020 11:05:00
The Community and Town Council sector in Wales is set to receive up to £500,000 in additional Welsh Government funding to help strengthen their financial management and governance, Local Government Minister Julie James yesterday announced.
Paris Air Show success for Welsh business13/02/2020 09:05:00
The Paris Air Show 2019 was a resounding success with one company, Tritech Group, securing more than £5 million worth of new deals during the Welsh Government trade mission, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has announced.
Mental health support and staff pay rise among £23m increase in further education spending in Wales12/02/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government has revealed details of the additional £23m it will be providing to Further Education colleges, including sixth forms and Adult Community Learning, for the next financial year.
Managed service for employee benefit schemes12/02/2020 09:05:00
Our framework agreement for the provision of employee benefit schemes (NPS-PS-0095-19) is now live and available for the Welsh public sector to use.
“We need to inspire the next generation of Cyber experts” says Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans11/02/2020 16:05:00
On International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans congratulates Welsh winners of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) CyberFirst Girls competition and encourages more young women to follow in their footsteps and explore a career in cyber.