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
World Environment Day - New funds for nature will help communities plant the seeds for the Wales we want to see post Covid-1905/06/2020 16:05:00
To mark World Environment Day, the Welsh Government has announced the opening of two new funds which will help people across Wales create places for nature in their own communities, once the nation looks to move beyond the current pandemic.
The Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, setting out a strong argument to build four new railway stations across Wales05/06/2020 11:05:00
The letter calls on Grant Shapps to invest in the Wales and Borders rail network through the UK Government’s Restoring Your Railways fund, not only to improve rail connectivity, but to supercharge Wales’ post coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery.
Shielding to continue for 130,000 people05/06/2020 09:05:00
Almost 130,000 people will this week start receiving a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales setting out the latest advice to protect them from coronavirus.
New app crucial in sorting bookings at recycling centres03/06/2020 15:25:00
A free online booking and appointment app launched by Cardiff-based digital company Zipporah is helping the Vale of Glamorgan Council reopen its recycling centres and reduce waiting times for the public.
“Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September” – all schools in Wales to enter next phase03/06/2020 14:25:00
All children will have the opportunity to “Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September”, the Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced today as she published details of the next phase for schools in Wales.
National Procurement Service: revised pipeline03/06/2020 13:25:00
The NPS pipeline has been reviewed in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Welsh Dairy Support Scheme set to open for applications03/06/2020 12:10:00
Applications for the new Welsh dairy support scheme will open on 18 June, supporting farmers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions due to Covid 19, Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, confirmed today.
Libraries to introduce Click and Collect service03/06/2020 09:05:00
Many of Wales’ local authorities are now embarking on the first phase of resuming library services – with a Click and Collect service.