Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards 2017

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Bev Lewis, long-standing Religious Education Teacher at The Portsmouth Academy, has been voted Best Teacher in the city in The Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards 2017.

The Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards are designed to give a voice to young people in the city, and to increase their involvement and awareness of the issues that concern them.

Bev has worked at The Portsmouth Academy since 2005, and has seen the school go from strength to strength, including since it joined The Thinking Schools Academy Trust. The Portsmouth Academy is one of the most improved schools in the country, having celebrated record GCSE results last year. These saw Bev’s students achieve a 95% A*-C pass rate in Religious Education.

Having been involved in Student Voice projects for over a decade, the award was a recognition of Bev’s dedication to and engagement with the students she works with.  As Associate Leader for Thinking and Careers Co-ordinator, Bev is involved with the student body across the board, and with helping them plan their futures.

Bev, who was presented with the award during the Portsmouth Youth Social Action Conference at Fratton Park, said:

“I was so pleased to win. I have always felt so passionate about the role students need to play in their own community. Being part of schemes like the Pupil Thinking Drive Team has allowed me to get involved with the student body beyond just being their subject teacher.

“These student voice projects are so important because they give the students a say and influence in their own learning environment. This award recognises the success of the project more than anything.”

Interim Head of School Rachel Grey said:

“We are so proud of Bev. She’s always had such an unwavering dedication to her students, and we are delighted that her brilliant teaching over many years, and all the other work she does for young people here at The Portsmouth Academy, has been recognised.”