Corby teacher wins national award

Ray Chambers has won a national award
Ray Chambers has won a national award

A teacher from Corby has won a prestigious education award.

Ray Chambers, who works at Uppingham Community College, won a Silver Teaching Award at the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards.

He was nominated in the category for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education.

Selected from thousands of nominations received by the awards organisers, Ray’s is one of just 60 celebrations which will be taking place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales today (June 12), which is Thank a Teacher Day.

The Northants Telegraph reported last month how Mr Chambers has been using Minecraft to teach aspects of computing to his pupils.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching.

Founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognize the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, who is president of the Teaching Awards, said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the 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.”

Ray will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on October 18, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award.

The ceremony, titled Britain’s Classroom Heroes, will be broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

President of core markets at Pearson Rod Bristow said: “The Pearson Teaching Awards champion exceptional teaching across the UK.

“All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education.

“That is why we believe it’s vital to recognize inspirational teaching and the heroic efforts of all teachers to help improve the life chances of the next generation.”