Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Andy Silvester

Crowmarsh C.E. Primary School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Andy Silvester truly puts children at the heart of everything he does. When you walk into his classroom, passion and inspiration seep from every corner. He pushes every child to be their best, tapping into their confidence and truly preparing them for life beyond primary school.

What sets Andy apart is that he has a relentless drive to improve his practice to ensure the very best for every child in his care. Therefore, he will continually reflect and adapt his practice finding what works best for each child. Seeking to reduce workload, he trialled and is now working with staff to embed verbal feedback across the school and as a consequence teachers no longer take books home to mark – this is a phenomenal shift – teachers are now free to focus on what matters.