• The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Ashmount School
  • 2020
  • Loughborough, Leicestershire

Maria Gallagher is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Ashmount School. She is involved in all aspects of school life, acting as Family Support Worker, Deputy Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and staff governor.

Maria was the driving force behind Ashmount becoming a Forest School and is now training other staff in these skills to help even more students benefit. Maria was the first recipient of the school’s Outstanding Colleague award due to her skill and dedication to her role.

Maria’s colleagues say she can always be relied upon to create a learning environment in which pupils feel safe, secure and motivated to learn, resulting in pupils achieving their very best in all that they do.