Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Anna Turrell

Parkside Community School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Anna is described by her team as “a phenomenal manager who inspires and supports us. She always goes the extra mile, suggesting small, manageable changes to teaching practice, which make a huge difference to teaching and learning.” Anna is persistent in her determination to not leave any student behind. In the relatively short time that she has been a teacher at Parkside Community School she has had a marked influence on the school, in making academic progress, and in raising the aspirations of students. When students are struggling to engage in the learning process she finds ways to hook them in so they leave feeling that they can do things they weren’t able to do before.