Goodwin Academy Teacher Shortlisted for Education’s Oscars

Goodwin Academy Teacher Shortlisted for Education’s Oscars

Kirsty Gaythwaite in the running to win Pearson National Teaching Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year.

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageAt a time when schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, teachers across the country have discovered they have been shortlisted for Education’s Oscars.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Kirsty is one of 87 extraordinary teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been entered for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Kirsty Gaythwaite was nominated for a Silver Award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category. She initially joined the school as a learning support assistant to help vulnerable pupils, but was quickly identified as having a talent for teaching mathematics. She continued to work at the school while studying in evenings and weekends for her diploma in education, and since qualifying as a teacher has continued to put in immense amounts of work to ensure her students succeed. She has organised lunchtime revision sessions, after school interventions, Easter and May holiday sessions and constant communication with parents, all to make sure her Year 11 students have the best possible chance when it comes to their exams.

Kirsty Gaythwaite of Goodwin Academy is in the running to be one of the Silver Award winners. These will then compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards which will be announced at the televised UK ceremony later in the year, broadcast on the BBC as ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.

Pupils and parents can show their appreciation for their amazing teachers, who are supporting children across the country in incredibly challenging conditions, by sending them a Thank You card for free via the Thank a Teacher campaign at


Simon Smith, Principal at Goodwin Academy, said: 

“Goodwin Academy is proud to have teachers who are dedicated to transforming life chances of all students. We are ecstatic that a member of our teaching team is a finalist in the Pearson National Teaching Awards and her enthusiasm, commitment and passion has been recognised.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: 

“Congratulations to every one of our teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been shortlisted for a Silver Award. At a time of unprecedented challenge, schools across the country are stepping up and playing a vital role for the wellbeing of our pupils and their families, and it is only right that we take this opportunity to say thank you. At Pearson we are delighted to support these Awards every year and to recognise and celebrate teachers for their commitment, dedication and passion.

Steve Munby, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:

“Congratulations to all of the amazing staff in the running to win a Silver Award. This is fair recognition of the outstanding job they are doing and their efforts in going well beyond their role to make sure their students get every chance in life.

“Now more than ever is the time to appreciate our teachers and the fantastic work they are doing. I am honoured to be part of these Awards and to play my part in acknowledging teachers for the incredible job they do.”