A Luton teacher has this evening been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Emma Darcy has won a Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Digital Innovator of the Year.

The award comes following a week-long celebration of teaching which ended with a prestigious ceremony celebrating all 102 Silver Winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

At the ceremony, Emma was honoured alongside their fellow Gold Winners across 15 categories as the best of the UK’s educators.

Emma has been the driving force behind the strategic implementation of technology for learning across all schools in the Chiltern Learning Trust MAT, ensuring access for all students.

Her work has ensured digital poverty does not affect some of the most disadvantaged students in the country, long before the Covid-19 pandemic. Her leadership has ensured technology really is for all, and all barriers are overcome.

Undertaking advisory roles on the global technology stage, her work has been recognised locally, nationally and internationally.

The Pearson National Teaching Award winners have been honoured for their incredible work supporting learners across the country. Each award winner has repeatedly gone above and beyond their role to change the lives of their students and help them move towards a brighter future.

Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttman, it is an annual celebration of excellence in education, to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “People of all ages will always remember that wonderful teacher who made such a difference in their lives.

“The teacher will never know how many lives they have changed, or the impact they have made on so many families, but our hope is that these awards help show our gratitude.”

On Emma’s success, Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Pearson School Qualifications, said:  “Emma Darcy is a shining example of the wonderful educators who work tirelessly across the country to provide the best possible experience for their students, and we thank them all.

“Throughout the awards we’ve heard so many inspirational stories of school and college staff who show such exceptional dedication to their students, to their colleagues, and to their communities. Our congratulations go to all winners on their award.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi continued: “I would like to congratulate Emma Darcy for this recognition of their amazing work and dedication to their students. Winning one of these awards is a terrific achievement and is testament to Emma’s skill, commitment and passion for teaching.

“We are lucky enough to have some of the best teachers in the world and I would like to thank every single one of our education staff for their hard work supporting children and young people, especially during the pandemic.”

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer, Nord Anglia Education, said: “Congratulations to Emma Darcy for being named Digital Innovator of the Year.

“Emma is rightly regarded as a leading expert in using technology to help improve teaching and learning, and her award is richly deserved.  Our congratulations to all of this year’s inspiring winners, and thank you to all of the teachers who make a difference to their students’ lives every day.”

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