• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Red Oak Primary School
  • Lowestoft, Suffolk

Sadly over the last 3 years Red Oak Primary School has experienced many negative situations, and some of the children come from families which face daily hardship and challenge. Behaviour in the school was an issue, as too was the level of self-esteem in many children. Parental engagement was extremely low so the Head Teacher worked with Johnny to devise a plan to improve behaviour, attendance, parental engagement, fitness levels and ultimately a positive attitude for learning.

They set their aim to try to achieve a bronze award for Sports through the then Sainsbury’s Awards. Johnny was absolutely instrumental in the entire project and demonstrated above all, excellent strategic direction, a fantastic ability to support young staff entering the profession, an ability to engage parents, and most of all sheer determination, commitment and passion for developing childhood fitness and mental health and well-being.