Teaching pair up for awards

Calderdale College hairdressing lecturer Helen Sutcliffe who has been nominated for a 2013 Pearson Teaching Award.
Calderdale College hairdressing lecturer Helen Sutcliffe who has been nominated for a 2013 Pearson Teaching Award.

Two of Calderdale’s finest teachers are in the running for a national award recognising their exceptional talents in helping young people.

Helen Sutcliffe, (pictured, top), hairdressing lecturer at Calderdale College, and Lesley Grafton, design and technology teacher at Rastrick High School, will find out in May whether they have won a prestigious Pearson Teaching Award.

Mrs Sutcliffe said: “I am very pleased to be nominated for a Pearson Teaching Award. I thoroughly enjoy my job and it is great that my hard work has been recognised.

“I have always been inspired by my mentors and tutors and I wanted to pass on my experiences to my learners so they can have a good career and start in life.”

The teaching awards were founded by Lord Puttnam CBE to focus on inspired education professionals who make the positive achievements of pupils possible.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, president of the teaching awards, said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Pearson 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.”

The winners, picked from more than 24,000 nominations from across the country, will be announced on ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ on May 17.

The pair are up for the regional awards. If successful, they will go forward to the national competition in October.