- 9th May 2022 08:26
Bobby Moore teacher shortlisted for 'Teaching Assistant of the Year’ category at the TES Schools Awards
A teaching assistant from Bobby Moore Academy in London, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been shortlisted for the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ category in the prestigious national Tes Schools Awards. Mercy Amoatin was listed among the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2022.
Mercy Amoatin stood out as an example of a TA who truly goes above and beyond for her pupils and community. A panel of industry expert judges were impressed by reports that throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, Mercy was an ‘exemplary’ figure, supporting some of the school’s most vulnerable pupils to make sure they were fully prepared for their normal lessons to resume.
Mercy’s colleagues detailed how she developed a bespoke learning programme for pupils with high needs and regularly mentors new staff, who report feeling supported and bolstered by her presence in their classroom.
Every year, the Tes Awards celebrate the achievements of schools and staff across the country from both the state and independent sector, offering some much-deserved recognition to those striving to offer pupils the best possible education. The panel of expert awards judges include school leaders, inspectors and education researchers. The objectivity, professionalism and high standards of the Tes Schools Awards judges and the judging process has helped establish them as a well-respected achievement for any school chosen as a finalist or winner.
Mercy and her colleagues will now be invited to attend the Tes Schools Awards dinner to celebrate her achievement, held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, on the evening of Friday 17 June.
Tes editor and chief judge of the Tes Schools Awards Jon Severs said:
“This year has seen an incredibly high standard of entries to the Tes Schools Awards. Every teacher and school who has been nominated should be incredibly proud – it’s a fantastic achievement. We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. Teachers, leaders and support staff have all played an enormous role as schools have battled with immense challenges over the last few years: this is our chance to say thank you for all that they do.
“After two years of virtual awards ceremonies, we are looking forward to celebrating our education heroes in person once again.”
Mercy Amoatin, Teaching Assistant at Bobby Moore Academy who has been shortlisted for the award, said:
“I am both delighted and humbled to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award and to be listed as among the top teaching assistants in the country. I love my job and working with students and staff at Bobby Moore Academy is consistently the highlight of my day. I never imagined that I would be recognised in this way, and I’m very grateful to all of my colleagues who saw fit to nominate me for this award.”
Daniel Botting, Principal of Bobby Moore Academy, said:
“It is absolutely fantastic to see Mercy on the shortlist for the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ award in the Tes Schools Awards. This is a magnificent achievement which is down to Mercy’s hard work to provide the best possible learning environment for our students here at BMA. Our school truly could not operate without Mercy’s steadfast dedication to our community, and although she never seeks recognition for her hard work, I am delighted that she is receiving it. A huge congratulations to Mercy and we look forward to celebrating her achievement later in the year.”