Rachel Bown, a teacher at Fairfield Farm College in Wiltshire was announced as the gold winner of the Award for Further Education Lecturer of the Year at Saturday’s 2023 Pearson National Teaching Awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ of the teaching profession.

Rachel was nominated and selected as the gold award winner amongst thousands of nominees based on her inspirational teaching, contributions to her school and community, and influence among colleagues, as assessed by judges.

A SEND PE Practitioner, Rachel has personalised PE experiences for all her pupils. From setting up individual goals to customising life skill sessions and supporting other institutions to remove barriers for SEND students, she has changed the education experience for many students throughout Wiltshire. In her personal life, Rachel was diagnosed in 2017 with a brain tumour whilst teaching, and she not only overcame the medical hardship of this but now proudly races for Team GB in Triathlon.

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