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Inspirational Teachers Award winners 2017
Inspirational Teachers Award winners 2017

Previous Inspirational Teachers Award Winners

Since 2010, the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office at the University of Oxford has run a scheme to recognise inspirational teachers from UK schools and colleges. These videos show just how inspirational our winning teachers are.

How does it feel to be nominated?

"I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated by [my student] for this award and although it is a privilege to be recognised in this way, I feel  quite overwhelmed. As a teacher I feel it is my responsibility to do my best to foster enthusiasm and cultivate an interest in my subject area. Teaching is a vocation and when a student shows curiosity for knowledge and learning, the skill is recognising it and helping them to deepen and broaden their knowledge. As teachers today it is easy to be caught up with the business of statistics and data analysis and view students as 'cohorts' rather than individuals with potential in a variety  of areas. It is perhaps  easy to lose sight of our fundamental role which is to educate and encourage students to be inquiring individuals. Once potential is identified, it is natural as a teacher to want to see ones students fulfil it. My advice to students applying to university is never think that you have set the bar too high. If you aim high and you are committed, the opportunities and rewards are immeasurable." Debra Walsh - Winning Inspirational Teacher, 2017

2017 winners

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2016 winners

2015 winners

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2014 winners

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2013 winners

Inspirational Teachers Awards 2013

Winning Teachers

  • Andy Hull, Swakeleys Post-16 Centre in Middlesex
  • Anthony Pagett, Manshead School in Bedfordshire
  • Christopher Collins, Tendring Technology College in Essex
  • Dyfed Bellis, Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypwl
  • Jill Smith, Mildenhall College in Suffolk
  • Jo Rodell-Jones, St Simon Stock Catholic School in Kent
  • Karen Kelly, Wootten Upper School in Bedford
  • Miriam Evan, Presdales School in Hertfordshire
  • Philip Hickman, Pool Hayes Arts and Community School in Willenhall
  • Simon Collings, Boroughbridge High School in North Yorkshire
  • Tim Johnson, Redruth School in Cornwall
  • Victoria Ellis, Swanwick Hall School in Derbyshire

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2012

Inspirational Teachers Awards 2012

Winning Teachers

  • Angela Arden, Havelock Academy in Lincolnshire
  • Carol Holmes, Westhoughton High School in Bolton
  • Ian Farrell, Wilnescote High School in Staffordshire
  • Quamar Khan, Saltley School in Birmingham
  • Robert Blyth, Dallam School in Cumbria
  • Vanwy Arif, Wood Green Academy in Sandwell
  • Wendy Frampton, Glenthorne High School in Sutton

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2011

Winning Teachers

  • Abbas Haghazali, Cox Green School in Maidenhead
  • Agnieszka Maria Lech, Canterbury College in Canterbury
  • Ceri Anwen James, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry
  • Ian Cripps,  Charleston Academy in Inverness
  • Janet Elias, Maesteg Comprehensive in Maesteg
  • Kate Greene, Cardinal Griffin School in Cannock
  • Martin Davies, Tytherington High School in Macclesfield
  • Steven Driver, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form (TyneMet College) in North Shields

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