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Inspirational London Principal Honored at Celebration of Teaching in UK

A London school principal has been named one of the country’s most inspiring educators in The One Show on BBC One. Selected from thousands of nominations, Reema Reid won a Gold Award at the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Principal of the Year in an elementary school.

The award was presented as part of a celebration of teaching week that will conclude this Sunday with a prestigious ceremony celebrating the 102 silver winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards. At the ceremony, Reema Reid will be honored alongside her fellow Gold Winners in 15 categories as the UK’s Best Educator.

Reema is the daughter of an immigrant from Windrush who first joined education as a lunch hour supervisor and teaching assistant in Lambeth before rising through the ranks to a principal of school. She has worked in Southwark as a Senior Manager since 2013. She has already made connections across town, including with Goldman Sachs, the RAF and even Borough Market, where children grow vegetables at school and then sell them at the market. .

As principal, she has been at the forefront of follow-up initiatives to ensure the school can meet the challenges of a changing student demographics, and continually works to improve the school. She is part of the Teaching School Alliance of Southwark and focuses on coaching and mentoring ethnic minority teachers to take on leadership roles in their schools and has enabled many BAME educators and students to follow. his footsteps.



The winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award were honored for their incredible work supporting learners across the country. Each winner has repeatedly gone beyond their role to change the lives of their students and help them move towards a better future.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of educational excellence, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognize the impact an inspiring teacher can have on the lives of the young people with whom he works. Applications for the 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards will open on Friday, November 26, 2021.


Receiving her award, Reema Reid said, “I am delighted to win this award. No one goes into teaching to win awards, but it’s nice to see all of your hard work recognized like this.

“Teaching is sometimes difficult, but it is a fantastic job and so rewarding. We don’t just work with children, but with their families and the community at large, and this award shows how much we have brought our community into our school.

“I want to thank everyone who helped me, all the staff at Hollydale and all of our amazing kids, for their support. It’s really a success for them as well as for me.


Sir Michael Morpurgo, famous author and former winner for children, and president of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “People of all ages will always remember this wonderful teacher who made such a difference in their lives.

“The teacher will never know how many lives they have changed, or the impact they have had on so many families, but we hope these awards help show our gratitude.”


Sharon Hague, Executive Director of Pearson School Qualifications, said: “Reema Reid is a shining example of the wonderful educators who work tirelessly across the country to provide the best possible experience for their students, and we thank them all.

“Throughout the awards, we have heard so many inspiring stories from school and college staff who demonstrate exceptional dedication to their students, colleagues and communities. Our congratulations to all the winners for their awards.


Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “I would like to congratulate Reema Reid on this recognition of her incredible work and dedication to her students. Winning one of these awards is a tremendous achievement and a testament to Reema Reid’s skill, commitment and passion for teaching.

“We are fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the world and I want to thank each of our education staff for their hard work in supporting children and youth, especially during the pandemic. “


Paul Mattias, National Director of Hays Education, supporter of the Primary School Principal of the Year Award, said: “We work with thousands of schools across the country and know all too well the impact of a leader. really inspiring.

“Reema Reid is clearly that, and her story shows us how much they are respected by anyone who comes in contact with them. She fully deserves this award, and we wish her the best for her future career. “


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