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Outstanding New Teacher of the Year needs your support

Outstanding New Teacher of the Year needs your support

A teacher at Goodwin Academy needs your support in her bid to win the Pearson National Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year’.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Miss Gaythwaite is one of 87 extraordinary teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been entered for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. Miss Gaythwaite, a maths teacher at Goodwin Academy, part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, is nominated to win a Silver award, and could go on to win one of 14 Gold awards.

To support the judging process of Miss Gaythwaite’s nomination for a Silver Award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category, the Academy can provide testimonials written by parents, students and staff; past and present, and they would love to hear from you.

If you or your child would like to support Miss Gaythwaite’s entry could you please write a testimonial that includes why you think Miss Gaythwaite is the most outstanding new teacher of the year and send it to

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

Simon Smith, Principal at Goodwin Academy, said:

“It is a fantastic achievement by Miss Gaythwaite to be nominated for this award. We are all exceptionally proud of her and grateful for her hard work and dedication to the Academy and our students.

“We want to give Miss Gaythwaite every support we can to win this award, which is so richly deserved. We would love to hear your stories about how she has helped either you or your child or gone the extra mile in her role.”