Inspirational Wirral teacher wins prestigious national teaching award

Students and staff of Ridgeway High School are celebrating the announcement that languages teacher, Kate Hytner, has received a prestigious national teaching award.

Kate has been recognised with a Silver Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. She is now in the running for a coveted Gold Award.

Gold Award winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London and on the BBC’s The One Show in November.

An outstanding classroom teacher, Kate has also been an inspirational subject leader for more than 25 years. Ridgeway’s languages department achieves the best progress results for French and Spanish in the region.

In addition, Kate spends time supporting community language entries such as Polish, Russian and Mandarin, all to GCSE grade 9.

Kate also leads Ridgeway’s instructional coaching programme, an innovative approach to professional development. In less than two years, Ridgeway has gained national recognition as a Steplab coaching hub, providing high-quality training to schools across the North of England.
Kate is also a senior examiner for GCSE Spanish.

Paul Curran, Pearson Award Sponsor, said, “The Teaching Awards, run by the Teaching Awards Trust celebrates the great work that takes place in education every day across the UK.

“They want teaching and support staff across the UK to feel appreciated, celebrated and proud of the work you do and the difference you make.

“Today you join one of this year’s 102 Silver winners being celebrated across the UK.”

Elisha Davin, former student of Ridgeway High School, said, “Kate Hytner was my secondary school Spanish teacher, she is an inspiration, brilliant teacher and credit to the school.” Elisha was inspired by Kate to become a teacher herself and is currently a primary school teacher in a local school.

Gavin Sterry, headteacher of Ridgeway High School, said, “Kate is motivated by the conviction that every student, no matter their background, can flourish by learning a language.

“She is an outstanding classroom practitioner, with the ability to create an inspirational learning environment through memorable lessons that ooze a passion for languages. That’s why students love being in her class.

“I am sure that I speak for the whole Ridgeway community – teachers, governors and students and their families – in saying congratulations and the best of luck to Kate as we look forward to the Gold Award announcement in November.”

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